MARCH 8, 2017
62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:15 in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
36:4 What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
7 We trust in the Lord our God:
9:17 … one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 … if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
7:19 ¶ … John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
24 ¶ And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:
1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
8 A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
6 … without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
29:11 … I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
8:32 … know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
14:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
3:26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence:
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, …
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth’s opposite, has no might. Evil is but the counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal.
SH 398:32 Evil
Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All.
There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.
Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.
In Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English, faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” expresses the helplessness of a blind faith; whereas the injunction, “Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!” demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.
The Hebrew verb to believe means also to be firm or to be constant.
A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable conditions for healing the sick.
BELIEVING. Firmness and constancy; not a faltering nor a blind faith, but the perception of spiritual Truth.3Mortal thoughts, illusion.
The Hebrew verb to believe means also to be firm or to be constant. This certainly applies to Truth and Love understood and practised.
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.
The evidence of divine Mind’s healing power and absolute control is to me as certain as the evidence of my own existence.
Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine Mind. There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed.
When the sick recover by the use of drugs, it is the law of a general belief, culminating in individual faith, which heals; and according to this faith will the effect be. Even when you take away the individual confidence in the drug, you have not yet divorced the drug from the general faith.
When the discoverer of Christian Science is consulted by her followers as to the propriety, advantage, and consistency of systematic medical study, she tries to show them that under ordinary circumstances a resort to faith in corporeal means tends to deter those, who make such a compromise, from entire confidence in omnipotent Mind as really possessing all power. While a course of medical study is at times severely condemned by some Scientists, she feels, as she always has felt, that all are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that our motto should be the Master’s counsel, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Guided by divine Truth and not guesswork, the theologus (that is, the student —the Christian and scientific expounder — of the divine law) treats disease with more certain results than any other healer on the globe.
SH 326:9 2nd man
… man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.
If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit.
SH 1:11-12 (to ,)
Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires,…
When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress.
The admission to one’s self that man is God’s own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality.
SH 15:25-30 ???
Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
By Martha Harris Bogue
Christian Science Journal
Christian Scientists soon learn that confidence in one’s own ability, our human sense of strength, human will-power and determination, is misplaced confidence, “a reed shaken with the wind,” a house built upon the sand which will not stand.
Confidence is a mental condition, a quality of Mind, a quality of God. It is God-given; and as God, Good, is no respecter of persons but gives to all men freely all that they will receive, the statement “I lack confidence,” is false to begin with.
The very person who is declaring the lack of confidence to succeed in an undertaking does not stop to see that he is very confident of his ability to fail.
Fear is faith in evil. Courage is faith in Good. Doubt is trust in evil. Confidence rightly directed is reliance, is trust in God, Good.
When a very young student I was called out of the city to see a woman who had not stood on her feet or sat in a chair for over ten years. Her child, ten years of age, had never seen his mother sitting up. Medical science had entirely failed. My teacher had given my name to the invalid’s family and I felt that obedience demanded that I should go. I surely went with fear and trembling. All the way I studied Science and Health, and all the time personal sense argued that some one else should have been sent, that if I should fail the cause of Christian Science would suffer—until I almost wished I could take the train back and send an older practitioner. Then the consciousness came that those in need had not sent for me, that they had sent for Christian Science, for the applied knowledge of God as revealed through our text-book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker G. Eddy. I saw that all that was trembling and fearing had no part in it, could neither hinder nor help, that revealed Truth was to do the work, and it was competent, that I did have confidence in God, and these words came: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
My confidence in God’s ability, in the power of the Word, began at once to take the place of confidence in my own ability to fail. I left self-reliance behind, and with God-reliance went to the woman, declaring that courage in the name of Jesus Christ is omnipotent now and here to heal, to deliver, to loose from bondage. I was able to remain only about four hours, but before I left the patient, she walked across the room and sat in a chair. The next morning she was dressed and went to her breakfast with the family. That was in 1889, and she has been a well woman ever since.
“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”