For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shalt have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Emmet Fox is an excellent new thought teacher who does a great job explaining Christian teachings in terms of the mind, consciousness, and what today is termed the Law of Attraction. In the above quote Mr. Fox goes on to basically say, “See that what you have is a consciousness of harmony and peace…” and “see to it that you have very little negative thinking in your life, and then even what you have will be taken away and your corresponding limitations will follow it…”
The words of Jesus can seem difficult and even unfair on the surface so it is helpful to consider it in the manner that Mr. Fox suggests. One way of considering this saying is in terms of wealth. There is a saying that, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” When you claim wealth, when you decide to be wealthy, when you are grateful that you are wealthy (grateful for whatever wealth you may possess) you have wealth, and to him that hath shall be given. The outer follows the inner and it often starts with a decision. How many times have you heard someone say something to the effect of, “I’m so poor…. or I wish I was rich…” Even though these people no doubt had some money or wealth of some kind if they really thought about it, they were choosing to look at what they possess from a perspective of “hath not” where their inner belief was that they are focused on lack and what you focus on tends to grow… you get more of it, and since they hath lack, they shall have an abundance of lack!
What is the solution to this spiral? Remember it can be a downward spiral or an upward spiral. Gratitude is the answer. When you are grateful, you are grateful for some good that you have or something bad for which you don’t have. If you train your brain to have gratitude each day, you are telling your subconscious, “I HAVE SOMETHING AND IT IS GOOD” and remember to him that hath shall be given, and he shalt have abundance. The flip side to this and an important detail in the scripture is the part where it says,” but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” So keep in mind that the people who “hath not” do have something, after all it says they can loose even what they have. If you are focused on lack however you are apt to not be grateful for what you have, you will not appreciate what you have and you may not even see yourself as possessing it. Be grateful for what you have, even if you don’t have as much of it as you would like. It all starts where you are!
When you look at subjects of the mind or objects of consciousness, you can be said to have them even when all you are doing is thinking about them. It all begins in the mind. So keep Jesus’ words in mind as you watch your thoughts. Positive thoughts are truly a wealth worth possessing and they are just the beginning or more great things to come!