May 6, 2015
II Chron 30:8 yield (to 3rd ,)
yield yourselves unto the Lord,
James 4:6-8 God, 10
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. … Humble yourselves in
the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Matt 18:1-4 Who
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little
child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto
you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble
himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Ps 69:29-32 O
O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and
will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better
than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this,
and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God
the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his
saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them
that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met
together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall
spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her
increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of
Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their
heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Heb 12:1-4 let
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the
right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such
contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your
minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Rom 12:2, 3
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every
man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to
think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the
measure of faith.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his
servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the
servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine
which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the
servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the
infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to
uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members
servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of
sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things
whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But
now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your
fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
I John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the
lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust
thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Phil 4:1, 4-6
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown,
so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. … Rejoice in the Lord alway:
and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The
Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Rom 13:1, 2 (to :)
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but
of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore
resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:
but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and
your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH:
To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense
must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music
corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.
Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a
struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they have yielded;
but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good.
It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine Science, because Science
exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is reduced to its native
nothingness, the sooner man’s great reality will appear and his genuine
being will be understood. The destruction of error is by no means the
destruction of Truth or Life, but is the acknowledgment of them.
We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature,
in whom old things pass away and “all things are become new.” Passions,
selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality,
and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.
We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us
disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our
tatters close about us.
Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our
warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly
interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as
Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every
mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome
the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.
The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee
ruler over many,” is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the
supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we
know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness. He
that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs,
animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and
certain sense that God is Love.
As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more
than one God, man in God’s likeness will appear, and this eternal man will
include in that likeness no material element.
As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of
existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human
thought, and leads it to “where the young child was,” — even to the birth of
a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes.
Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light,
chasing away the darkness of error.
The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and
The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but
in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual,
and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.
Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but
the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Through toil, struggle, and
sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life
and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is
The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which
has lost much materiality — much error — in order to become a better
transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no
longer hides the sun.
Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender
of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El
Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only
the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense
and human will have no place.
Are you willing to leave all for Christ, for Truth, and so be counted among
sinners? No! Do you really desire to attain this point? No! Then why make
long prayers about it and ask to be Christians, since you do not care to
tread in the footsteps of our dear Master? If unwilling to follow his example,
why pray with the lips that you may be partakers of his nature? Consistent
prayer is the desire to do right. Prayer means that we desire to walk and
will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding
footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real
desires to be rewarded by Him.
Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold
hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge
with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in
their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against
health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the
arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the
sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body.
If spiritual sense always guided men, there would grow out of ecstatic
moments a higher experience and a better life with more devout self-
abnegation and purity.
During the sensual ages, absolute Christian Science may not be achieved
prior to the change called death, for we have not the power to demonstrate
what we do not understand. But the human self must be evangelized. This
task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as
practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the
outward and actual.
Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of
material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs
must be denied and cast out to make place for truth. You cannot add to the
contents of a vessel already full. Laboring long to shake the adult’s faith in
matter and to inculcate a grain of faith in God, — an inkling of the ability of
Spirit to make the body harmonious, — the author has often remembered
our Master’s love for little children, and understood how truly such as they
belong to the heavenly kingdom.
Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new,
renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the
false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to
precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a
proof of progress.
Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey
only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure
for all true spiritual growth.
Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony,
give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God,
one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.
Let the “male and female” of God’s creating appear. 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. Any other
theory of Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.
Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even
God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.