The Secrets of Belief by Ernest Holmes (Transcript)

I’m standing here by this podium. I do not wonder whether or not this power is going to hold me in place. I walk a little to the right or the left. I change my position; always I am certain there is a power greater than I am holding me in place physically.

Now all I have to do is just to transpose this and say there’s another kind of a power; it is greater than I am. It responds to my belief, my faith, and my confidence in it. And as soon as I establish this, then I must be certain that I actually believe.

Now probably this is the key to the answer to every prayer that was ever answered since time began: the prayer of faith, of conviction. Again, the great teacher, the great metaphysician, the great way shower, he said, when you pray, believe that you already have what you’re asking for.

You know, Jesus didn’t say, God, all this power be displeased if you ask for a loaf of bread. As a matter of fact, he fed the multitude. He did not say God, all this power doesn’t wish you to have any enjoyment in life. He spoke of a joy, which would complete ours.

He said it is done unto you. But as you believe, therefore, he said, when you pray, believe that you have, just believe that you have; is it so hard to believe that we have? We believe that tomorrow will come. We believe that the sun will rise in the morning and set at night.

We believe that the ocean and the tide will be there at the moon. We believe the grass will grow. We believe that our food will digest and who is there who knows, how any of these things happen.

Did you ever stop to think that the united intelligence of the human race, all the scientists living, all the philosophers, all the theologians, everybody put together, does not know how it is that a hen can lay an egg? Nor does it know how it is that a chicken can come out of an egg? Isn’t that amazing?

All we know is we set the hen and the chicken does come out of the egg. This is the mystery of life. This is the mystery of faith. The power greater than we are, Jesus did not say: what is your particular religion? Spoke to every man in his own language.

Just believe and it will be done unto you. It seems too good to be true. Isn’t it? You and I will never know until we try it as we’re going to at the end of this short discourse. We’re actually going to use this power, you and I, for a definite purpose. I’m going to use it for a definite purpose. You are, will watch and see.

But let us be sure that we believe, just as we believe our food will digest. Just as we know the sun’s going to rise in the morning. Just as we know that the world is still round. Just as we know that you and I do not know how it is we can eat ham sandwiches, drink milk, tea or coffee and have it turned into flesh, bone and blood and marrow.

Everywhere we look, we are watching the mystery of life, the riddle of life. Someone has said and I think rightly that the riddle of life is understood only by him who knows that God is good, who makes a ladder of his faith and times from sense to soul, times no line between the human goodness and divine, but judging God, by what in men is best with a child’s trust leans on the father’s breath. It isn’t so hard to believe.

We just haven’t thought how easy it is to believe and you know if we just take it that way, and we’ll say, yes, the world is round, I am held in place by some power. And now I’m going to believe in another kind of a power, it actually exists. And I’m going to try it.

And then when we start to analyze what is belief, what is faith? Very simple. This is one of the great hurdles however, people say, well, I just haven’t got that kind of faith, merely because they think you’re talking about something that’s impossible. We’re only talking about that which is completely possible, which is completely simple and direct. And something which you in the secret place of your own mind sitting there alone, you know it as well as I do. We all believe we just haven’t quite thought practicing, I believe, until something really happens.

And then we have learned that while something in us rises and says no, the belief isn’t complete and what do we do then? We just reaffirm that belief. You know, the mind has a very interesting quality. It acquires habits through repetition of thought. And the person who will really take himself in hand understand this and say, even though there might be something in me that right now doesn’t believe what I say, my words may fly upward and my thoughts remain below, I am still good trading myself, I know that this can happen.

I know that there is a power greater than I am. There is nothing in me any longer that’s kind of contradicting. And quietly, sort of easily and gently about I think flexibly, you know, did you ever stop to think you live with yourself most of the time, no matter how many there are whom you love, it is yourself that you live with all the time. It is yourself. You’re going to have to learn to be a good friend to; there is one who is a friend to all of us.

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