Spiritual Gifts of Treasures are promised in all Sacred Writings. This is a vast topic that is beyond the scope of this short article however in the following sections we’ll take a quick journey through some Sacred Writings and discover how our daily financial affairs are affected by spiritual principals.
My Goals & Objectives?
What are my ultimate goals during this lifetime on earth?
Financial freedom and independency, Purchasing a house, Personal & Family happiness, Travel, Spiritual Growth, Collecting and storing Spiritual Gifts …?
Who provides and secures my life necessities?
Do I have to worry about securing food, water, shelter, clothing, and health for myself and my family?
What would I do with my time and resources when I become financially independent?
Travel the world, help others?
Answer to above questions can be found in various Sacred Writings
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
Contemplate on the questions below before expanding the answers!
There are many miracles within the life of a flower but for our purpose we’ll focus on the following:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
(NKJV, Matthew 6:25 – 34)
“O God! O God! Cause me to drink from the cup of Thy bestowal. Illumine my face with the light of guidance. … Prepare for me the means of livelihood. Give me my bread through channels over which I have no control, Thy heavenly treasures. …”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Writings)
“Beseech ye the one true God to grant that ye may taste the savor of such deeds as are performed in His path, and partake of the sweetness of such humility and submissiveness as are shown for His sake. Forget your own selves, and turn your eyes towards your neighbor. Bend your energies to whatever may foster the education of men. Nothing is, or can ever be, hidden from God. If ye follow in His way, His incalculable and imperishable blessings will be showered upon you.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Writings)
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
(NKJV, Matthew 6:19 – 21)
Spiritual Gifts are necessary:
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
(NKJV, Colossians 2:3)
We are born rich with Spiritual Gifts
“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Writings)
“In the beginning of his human life man was embryonic in the world of the matrix [mother’s womb]. There he received capacity and endowment for the reality of human existence. The forces and powers necessary for this world were bestowed upon him in that limited condition. In this world he needed eyes; he received them potentially in the other. He needed ears; he obtained them there in readiness and preparation for his new existence. The powers requisite in this world were conferred upon him in the world of the matrix, so that when he entered this realm of real existence he not only possessed all necessary functions and powers but found provision for his material sustenance awaiting him.
Therefore in this world he must prepare himself for the life beyond. That which he needs in the world of the Kingdom must be obtained here. Just as he prepared himself in the world of the matrix by acquiring forces necessary in this sphere of existence, so likewise the indispensable forces of the divine existence must be potentially attained in this world.
“That divine world is manifestly a world of lights; therefore man has need of illumination here. That is a world of love; the love of God is essential. It is a world of perfections; virtues or perfections must be acquired. That world is vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit; in this world we must seek them. That is the Kingdom of life everlasting; it must be attained during this vanishing existence.”
(Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Writings)
“Naturally there will be periods of distress and difficulty, and even severe test.; but if that person turns firmly towards the Divine Manifestation, studies carefully His Spiritual teachings and receives the blessings of the Holy Spirit, he will find that in reality these tests and difficulties have been the gifts of God to enable him to grow and develop.”
“For man two wings are necessary. One wing is physical power and material civilization; the other is spiritual power and divine civilization. With one wing only, flight is impossible. Two wings are essential. Therefore, no matter how much material civilization advances, it cannot attain to perfection except through the uplift of spiritual civilization.”
Spiritual Aspects of Finances
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To further explore this topic we invite your to view two video recordings: The Ocean of Thy Presence Part I and The Ocean of Thy Presence Part II.