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Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World

Chariss K Walker

Uses biblical scriptures to bridge gap between religion and spirituality; shares that the “new age” message is not new when you know where to look.

 

Make a Joyful Noise: Searching for a Spiritual Path in a Material World was written to bridge the gap between all religions and modern day metaphysicians, what some would mistakenly call mysticism or new age thought. Although new age thought appears to differ in semantics, or language, there is nothing new about it. Chariss Walker unashamedly uses liberal scriptural passages to share that "the message is not new ... it has always been with us if we had only known where to look for it." An inspiring and uplifting book filled with personal examples of everyday people. As one reader said, "What I liked most about this book is the way it is written ... it is as if you are having a conversation with a trusted friend or advisor." Rebecca Johnson, SeasonedwithLove.com Make a Joyful Noise, a book of hope, has been described as a "tool chest for living." One reviewer stated, "With so many ancient manuscripts, some of which contradict, how can one really understand what God wants? Make a Joyful Noise seeks to explain the will of God/spiritual laws to help readers find their own happiness through these methods ... definitely worth a read." Midwest Book Review

 
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Spiritual Laws

When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have

ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through

them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only

then with their physical selves. Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

 

Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and

the duties they are to perform, Exodus 18:20 I will praise you with

an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws, Psalms 119:7 I have

chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws, Psalms

119:30 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you, Psalms

119:91 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time,

says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write

them on their minds.” Hebrews 10:16

 

What are spiritual laws and how do we use them?

 

A law, or principle, is simply a basic plan in which to make something work.

This applies to all laws, whether spiritual, societal, physical, or natural. You have

to know where you are headed and agree to a plan in order to get there. In spiritual

matters, the plan comes to us naturally when we understand Spiritual Laws.

 

You may wonder why some people seem to glide through life while others

struggle with even the smallest of ideals and details. In every work, regardless of

its nature, there is a plan, a format, or design. The significant difference in those

who succeed and those who do not is that successful people stick to the plan.

They know and practice God’s divine laws whether they are aware of it or not.

 

If you are not sure where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere

else.

—Ancient Chinese Proverb

 

There was a man in the construction business who decided that he wanted to

own his own business of building homes. He had many years of construction

experience and the house plans. He talked constantly about how great life would

be if he could just realize this dream. His problem was that he liked to start work

late and get off early to meet his buddies at the local bar. He would sit for hours

talking about his dream to build homes rather than the repair work he currently

did. He had the knowledge to build the homes, but he did not have the format

that was required to get the business off the ground. His natural desires were not

in sync with his spiritual desires. He did not seek the divine plan first.

 

Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.

—William A. Ward (1921–)

 

An architect cannot erect a building without a set of blueprints, a coach

doesn’t win a game without a series of plays or strategies, nor does a salesman

make a production without knowing the set quota. Where there is success, there

is a plan to succeed. Had that man established a plan in order to realize his dream

of building homes, rather than only talk about it, he could have been successful.

 

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the

other, a matter of time.

—Marabel Morgan (1937–)

 

In our Universe there are immutable laws in all branches of study; the sciences,

philosophy, theology, psychology, literature, the arts, and so on, including

spiritual or sacred laws. The spiritual or sacred laws are also called Universal

Laws. An immutable law is absolute, it cannot change. For example, in our

earthly realm, gravity is an absolute law: what goes up must come down. Polarity

is another example: like attracts like but opposites repel each other.

 

Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

—Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)

 

We often think of the laws of the Spirit, or Universal Laws, as something ethereal,

or not of this world, when in fact these laws are concrete. You may wonder

where you can find these Spiritual Laws. It might surprise you to know that Spiritual

Laws have been a part of every religion, every culture, and society since the

beginning of time. They are tucked neatly within the pages of the Bible and

many other ancient manuscripts. These laws have been with us for eternity. They

are the laws that teach right thinking, right emotional responses, and right living—

and they are included in Part Two of this book.

 

In the last one-hundred years many books have been written about Spiritual

Laws. Society, as a whole, has now become more interested in how to live life

more fully. The past decade has exploded with thousands of seminars, speakers,

books, and movies that teach these laws. In this book, although there are additional

references listed in Appendix A, we will mainly look at some of the more

common laws. When we understand and practice these principles, life becomes

the rich blessing it was intended to be.

 

Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over

the earth?

—Job 38:33

 

While it is true that there are some who are successful without God being a

major part of their awareness, the principles of success they use are still a part of

God’s word and divine design. Some people have an innate knowledge of these

principles and because the guidelines are immutable, they work regardless of a

person’s spiritual or religious beliefs. Other people are trapped in a box of old,

hand-me-down thinking. They feel that life is hard and that nothing they do

matters. This type of thought and emotion goes against the truth of Spiritual

Law. What they do not realize is that with this old thought pattern, even in their

despair, they are also following a path governed by spiritual laws.

 

Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered

for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than

thoughtless.

—Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715–1747)

 

When you think thoughts of despair, you act and feel despairing and hopeless.

It becomes a circle or cycle that must be broken in order for you to realize the

abundance that God intended His children to have. You may wonder why it is

important to have abundance.

 

We have inherited this trait, or desire for abundance, from our heavenly

Father. When you look at the world God created, it is evident that we come from

a long line of inherited prosperity. The trees, grass, flowering plants are all growing

in profusion. There are massive quantities of fish in the seas and animals on

the land. The population is exploding. There are more natural resources than we

could ever use. There is plenty of everything and that is abundance.

 

God created a planet of abundance and He did not intend for us to live with

scarcity or lack. He repeatedly told man to go forth and subdue the earth, the

plants, the animals, and everything that He had created for the welfare and edification

of humankind. God proclaimed it good, and it is all good.

 

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening,

and there was morning—the sixth day.

—Genesis 1:31

 

Are you ready to inherit your good?

 

We have many misconceptions of wealth, abundance, and prosperity. Abundance

and prosperity is nothing more than having all you desire without limitations.

It is about having the freedom to do all that you desire, but mostly it is

about being all that you were meant to be. Wealth is the natural byproduct of

abundance. Wealth allows you to attain your higher purpose and calling.

 

Yes, you do have a higher purpose and calling! The desires of your heart lead

you to it. Life is meant to be joyful and enjoyable. Many today are living life in a

proverbial rut. They get up, go to work, wait for the payday on Friday, pay the

bills, buy the groceries, and do all the chores around the house over the weekend.

Then, back to work on Monday and work another week to have enough money

to pay more bills and buy more groceries. There is not even enough left at the end

of the month to take the family to the movies or the zoo.

 

It is a bare bones existence!

 

If you fit into this category, as many people do, you may not even be aware of

a higher calling. When you have your head down so far, it is difficult to see anything

higher than the ceiling. You may even feel that the idea of a higher purpose

is a luxury that you cannot afford. As a child of The King, life was not meant to

be drudgery for you.

 

Prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts the

things. Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just having money

or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of

money or things.

—Eric Butterworth (1916–2003)

 

What is s higher purpose and how do you find yours? You may wonder how

you would even recognize it. A calling or higher purpose is the very thing that

only you can do. It is an idea that you imagine doing with great joy. It is your

dream job or lifelong accomplishment though you have yet to accomplish it. You

have had glimpses of it over the years. Perhaps as a child it was the very thing you

wanted to be or do when you grew up. Maybe it still flashes through your mind

during quiet moments of reflection. You may look at it with longing but feel that

you can never attain it. Somehow this dream was forgotten or put aside as you

became busy raising a family and making a living.

 

When you look at the entirety of your life, past, present, and future, and see

yourself doing some action, service, or line of work that brings you a great joy,

this is ultimately your higher purpose. You are here to do that one thing because

no one can do it like you. Start to make a life, seek it, reach for it, and attain it!

 

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can

dream it, you can make it so.

—Belva Davis (1932–)

 

“How?” you ask.

 

Hold onto it with your most passionate intent and desire. Let go of the limited

beliefs that have prevented you from realizing your dream. For example, you may

think it is too late to do the thing that sets your heart on fire. This is a limited

belief. You may feel that you don’t have what it takes anymore to realize your

dream. This is also a limited belief. You may feel you are too old or that you

haven’t done it in so long, you wouldn’t know where to start. This, too, is a limited

belief.

 

In Exodus 4:10-13, Moses expressed his fears when he told God that he was

not an eloquent speaker and that he could not possibly go to Pharaoh and speak

on behalf of the children of Israel. Moses begged God to send another to do the

very thing he was put on this earth to do. After Moses stepped forward to do as

God asked, he found what it took to do the job he had been groomed to do since

his youth.

 

We are sometimes like Moses. We think we cannot do the very thing we are

called to do. Whether it is start that new business, get that degree, write that

book, compose that song, or start the project we have wanted to do for

years—you have what it takes. You can dispel your fears and open yourself to the

possibility of new and unlimited beliefs. You can reach the desired goals and do

the very work you were created to do. Understanding the Universal Laws well

enough to incorporate them into your daily life is the beginning knowledge that

sets you on the path of reaching those goals, whatever they may be.

 

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to

embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.

There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement

there is life, and in change there is power.

—Alan Cohen (1940–2004)

 

What is the Universe, anyway? The Universe is all that you see and all that you

are. Everything in the Universe is energy or motion; every human being, every

plant, every tree, every animal, simply everything is energy. Universal energy is

constantly in motion, it is endless and eternal. It cannot be created nor destroyed.

It goes on and on and on. It cannot be contained or put in a box. Universal

energy is the life force of all living things. It is God’s energy! The summation of

God and everything in creation, including you!

 

Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects in the phenomenal world.

—William James (1842–1910)

 

Things are a lot less complicated than they first appear. The Universe, like

everything else in our ordered world, is governed by laws or guidelines. In the

public eye, when we follow the laws and guidelines, we are thought to be responsible.

For example, when you follow the laws of government such as, observe the

speed limits, wear your seatbelt, you experience safety for yourselves and for others.

When you follow society’s laws, work to provide for your family, be a nice

guy, and pay taxes, you experience respect from your peers. In following the Universal

laws or guidelines, you experience growth in all areas of your lives, spiritual

as well as physical and mental.

 

In experiencing spiritual growth, you cannot help but become more Christlike.

You give more and expect less. You help others and become your brother’s

keeper. You love more freely and easily without expecting anything in return.

 

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,

the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement

vain.

—Henry Drummond (1851–1897)

 

By becoming more Christ-like, you prosper in all that you do. There is no

other way for the law to work. What you give comes back to you. If you give

more love, you receive more love. When you give more money, more money

returns to you. In the eyes of fellow Christians, to become more spiritual deems

respect and admiration. Aspiring to become more spiritual or Christ-like does not

necessarily relate to being pious or religious. Being more spiritual relates to the

vital life force of all things and becoming God-conscious.

 

People see God every day; they just don’t recognize Him.

—Pearl Bailey (1918–1990)

 

 

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an

example that you should follow in his steps.

—I Peter 2:21

 

How can we become more Christ-like in today’s world? In the Bible, there are

verses here and there that become a roadmap to follow. We can emulate Christ if

we follow the same footsteps. Here are some examples:

 

• Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us to live a life of peace so that there will be no end to

peace on earth.

• Isaiah 53:3 lets us know there will be sorrow and grief to overcome.

• Zechariah 9:9-10 reminds us to be just, fair, and impartial in all things, to

desire peace for all people everywhere regardless of nation or race.

• Matthew 8:27 tells us we have inherited our Father’s qualities for we have

dominion over the elements, the wind, and the sea.

• Ephesians 1:22 reminds us that man is the head over the church. The

church does not head the individual.

• 1 Peter 3:22 tells us that we have authority over all things in heaven, even

the angels.

• Matthew 1:1 tells us that we are all the children of Adam, just as Jesus was

the descendant of the line of David and Abraham who were of the line of

Adam as well.

• Galatians 4:4 states that we were all born of a woman in the natural way

of things, just as Christ was.

• Philippians 2:8 reminds us that, like Christ, we will all die and return to

our Father.

• 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that we should mediate for others through prayer.

• Romans 8:3 tells us that we are no longer under the Old Testament law of

physical and spiritual regulations or diet and separation from others.

• Philippians 2:7 tells us to serve in any manner that we can by using the

talents and gifts at our disposal. If you sing, sing; if you hammer, hammer.

• Luke 9 tells us that we have the same power to perform miracles as Jesus

Did

 

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what

foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ

founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die

for Him.

—Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821)

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EmilyJean wrote 1256 days ago

I have just read the introduction to this book. I think the author's goal, to bring understanding of "new age" thought to Christian seekers is an important one. In the little bit that I read, I found numerous places that I wanted to correct for grammar or punctuation, but perhaps that's not the purpose of this forum. (I have just joined, so don't know if others want their work to be proofread.) One suggestion I feel I must make applies to the author's statement that she was "given five years to live." Any reader who happened to be a medical professional would protest that doctors don't "give" patients a certain amount of time. However, they might estimate the approximate amount of time a patient will live with a particular diagnosis.
The intro provides a biographical background for the conclusions she will be addressing -- then she mentions that she is has been an ordained minister for many years without having said how this came about and in what denomination. I think this should be addressed in the intro with the rest of her life story.

Robert Thornborough wrote 1889 days ago

The author has brought the thoughts of many to service one of the biggest questions we grapple with as humans. The work is much appreciated by someone who has spent the past year on a similar endeavour.

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