AUGUST 12, 2015
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?
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy;
5:11 … let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
107:13 … they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
9:23 ¶ Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.
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 … 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.
62:1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
15 … thou shalt not see evil any more.
11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
18 … But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 ¶And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
7:4 I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
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.
5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 … in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
13:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy?
SH 248:15-18, 19
What is the model before mortal mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you reproducing it?
Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life‐work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, — our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.
We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.
This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death. The perfect man — governed by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.
Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our 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.
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.
SH 167:22-24, 30
It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error.
Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.
SH 421:15-18 (to 2nd .)
Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him. There is no disease.
Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well.
There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality–to have no other consciousness of life–than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.
If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, we find its opposite, matter. Now reverse this action. Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. 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.
Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.
As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, — as they were led through the
wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God.
When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.
Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being.
SH 377:5 rejoice
…rejoice always in ever-present Love.
“The Fullness of Joy”
By Rosemary Cobham
Christian Science Sentinel, June 2, 1956
Paul and Silas expressed gratitude when they were cast into prison.
Let us remember to do the same at our midnight hour, and we also shall enjoy their reward, for we read, “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” As we patiently, persistently, and above all, joyfully maintain the spiritual facts of being, the foundations of our prison, whether it is a prison of lack, sorrow, or disease, will be shaken, and not only shall we be free, but also others suffering from the same belief may find the door to freedom open.
…there is no experience, be it ever so severe, that can separate us from joy, because there is no experience that can separate us from God. This is a spiritual, incontrovertible fact.
Joy: A Healing Standpoint
Dorothy H. Jones
Christian Science Sentinel
March 28, 1970
When the writer was new in Christian Science, her young son became troubled by a boil on his nose. It was so severe that it distorted his appearance. She was fearful that relatives would insist that she rely on medical aid, so she asked a Christian Science practitioner to help her through prayer. After describing the problem she was startled to hear the practitioner reply, “Mother, start rejoicing!”
Rejoice? What a strange request this seemed under the circumstances! But she wanted to be obedient. Pondering her life as it was then, compared to what it had been before she learned of Christian Science, she rejoiced in the truth of perfect, spiritual being all morning and into the evening. By the time her son went to bed the pain was gone. The next morning the only trace of the boil was a faint pink spot.
This was a spiritual milestone for the writer because it gave her a glimpse of the powerful effect of true joy. Since that time she has come to realize that rejoicing in God’s goodness and allness despite the appearance of evil is scientific, for it is an effective acknowledgment of God’s power and presence.
“Joy Is Healing”
By Vivien U. Lynch
Christian Science Sentinel, April 10, 1948
Since joy is a quality of God, or Spirit, it is spiritual and eternal.
One of the elements of joy is a high expectancy of good, which makes way for the manifestation of good in human experience. Thus joy brings healing.
A woman who was suffering from a malignant disease was almost overwhelmed by a sense of heaviness and despair. Her household, too, had come under the sense of depression, and for a long time her healing appeared to be obstructed. Then the practitioner pointed out to the patient and her family the need to express joy. There was a protest that they had nothing about which to be joyous.
Lovingly the practitioner showed them that joy, a spiritual quality, is not dependent upon illusive human conditions, and that man is the very expression of joy. They could, she assured them, rejoice in the fact that Christian Science, the law of God, has been revealed to the world, that it has already healed a large multitude, and that it is daily healing those who have turned to it for help. Obedience in expressing joy opened the way for healing, and later the woman said that she knew her healing began the moment she realized something of the true nature of joy and made an effort to express it.
The measure of spiritual joy and the consistently high expectancy of good which we maintain indicate the depth of our faith in God and our trust in His goodness and power. Joy is not something that just happens. It must be cultivated and cherished through the spiritual understanding of God, which reveals joy to be man’s eternal heritage.
From a Letter Dated 1907
By Mary Baker Eddy
As published in the Christian Science Sentinel
February 6, 1937
We must rejoice that our God is good, universal and eternal. . . . Lean on Him, trust Him, understand Him, and He will give you foresight, wisdom, and capacity to execute His will and benefit His Cause.