WEDNESDAY EVENING READINGS
JANUARY 3, 2018
51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
36:26 … A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
27 … I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 … and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
40:31 … they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
35:4 Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them;
14 ¶Make thee an ark of gopher wood;
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven;
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
4:22 … put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 … put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
26 let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
2:13 … turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, …
23 … rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, …
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you:
21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
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;
6:2 … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
17 … if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY.
The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the renewal of Spirit.
One’s aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness.
Advancing to a higher plane of action, thought rises from the material sense to the spiritual, from the scholastic to the inspirational, and from the mortal to the immortal.
Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you. Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God’s idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.
SH 276:4-9 Let, 19
When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
When we learn in Science how to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect, thought is turned into new and healthy channels, — towards the contemplation of things immortal and away from materiality to the Principle of the universe, including harmonious man.
Mortal mind must part with error, must put off itself with its deeds, and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.
Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.
TIME. Mortal measurements; limits, in which are summed up all human acts, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, knowledge; matter; error; that which begins before, and continues after, what is termed death, until the mortal disappears and spiritual perfection appears.
SH 598:19 (to 2nd ;), 30-2
YEAR. A solar measurement of time; mortality;
Time is a mortal thought, the divisor of which is the solar year. Eternity is God’s measurement of Soul‐filled years.
SH 249:19-20 9TO 1ST .)
Organization and time have nothing to do with Life.
SH 584:5-6 Mind
… Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.
Life is without beginning and without end. Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in proportion as the other is recognized. Time is finite; eternity is forever infinite.
Matter is a human concept. Life is divine Mind.
Life is not limited. Death and finiteness are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.
“Now,” cried the apostle, “is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” — meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life. Now is the time for so-called material pains and material pleasures to pass away, for both are unreal, because impossible in Science.
SH 328:20-25 Jesus, 28-31
Jesus said: “These signs shall follow them that believe, . . . 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.”
Jesus’ promise is perpetual. Had it been given only to his immediate disciples, the Scriptural passage would read you, not they. The purpose of his great life-work extends through time and includes universal humanity.
Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in possession of “the mind of the Lord,” as the Scripture says.
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.
The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
To understand God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus’ word: “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
“God’s Law of Restoration”
By Louisa May Whinnom
Christian Science Sentinel, July 20, 1963
God’s law of infinite, eternal good appears to human view as a law of restoration. When understood, this law brings to the individual the conscious awareness of his true selfhood in the image and likeness of God and restores harmony to his experience. The prophet Joel gave this promise from God: “The floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.”
For many of us the locust, the blighting beliefs of ill health, lack, unhappiness, unrequited labor, unrecognized devotion, or some other form of spiritual ignorance may have eaten up years of what should have been harmonious experience and progress. With the coming of Christian Science into our lives, the blight has been arrested, and the work of restoration has begun.
Neither age, time, nor any other human belief has the power to diminish or destroy a spiritual gift or talent. Its nature is immortal and indestructible. The God-given qualities of vision, vigor, grace, beauty, perfection, inspiration, are timeless, eternal.
We must always remember that the important point for realization is that man, God’s perfect child, has never lost nor been deprived of anything real, good, or true. Man, the beloved of God, was never sick, a failure, unblessed, or unsatisfied. He never needs to have anything restored. Completeness and perfection are, always have been, and always will be, his heritage.