BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Our consciousness is our awareness of the goodness of God. God is the everywhere evenly present Spirit of Absolute Good. Nevertheless, we are not always aware of God’s goodness in our lives, world and affairs. The extent to which we see God in every person, in every place and in everything is a direct reflection of our consciousness. We build our consciousness through scriptures, denials and affirmations.
The scriptures establish the guidelines by which we live our lives. When we start with the scriptures, we know that we are building on a firm foundation. The Bible gives us principles that we can practice so that we can bring our good into physical manifestation. We can find a scripture for every good desire of our hearts. For example if we are building consciousness about health, we can use the scripture, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (III John 1:2).”
After we know the truth based on the Word, then we continue to build consciousness through denials. Denials are statements that renounce anything that is not the truth. They cancel any negative ideas in our subconscious mind and make null and void any words that have been spoken over our lives that are not in alignment with the truth. One example of a denial is “I AM not poor. Poverty has no power over me and my family.” Denials disempower any erroneous thoughts of lack and limitation, sickness and disease as well as fear and confusion. Denials are a way for us to forgive, release and let go of anything that is not for our highest good.
In addition to the scriptures and denials, affirmations are an important part of building consciousness. Affirmations firmly plant in our minds the truth that we know. They align our thinking with the mind of Christ, our words with the Word of God and our actions with the good that we desire to see manifested.
In Matthew 16:19, Jesus Christ gave us the keys to the Kingdom and promised that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven (denials) and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (affirmations). Scriptures, denials and affirmations are to be spoken aloud. It is important that we hear ourselves speak these words with power and authority so that we can build our consciousness.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity of Midtown, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.