WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
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91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
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.
12:13 ¶Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
6:8 … what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.
2:5 I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
11 So I came to Jerusalem,…
18 …And they said, Let us rise up and build.
6:1 Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein;
2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
15 ¶ So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
22:5 … take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
5 … when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
12 … Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
12 … He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
8:32 … know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
15:10 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.
5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2:18 … a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
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.
10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering
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.
12 :1 … 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,
2 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.
58 … my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
7:35 … attend upon the Lord without distraction.
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.
26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.
It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness. Christians claim to be his followers, but do they follow him in the way that he commanded? Hear these imperative commands: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect!” “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature!” “Heal the sick!”
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… in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
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.
Faith, if it be mere belief, is as a pendulum swinging between nothing and something, having no fixity. Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God.
The Apostle James said, “Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.” The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
This faith relies upon an understood Principle.
SH 297:28 Until
Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine.
If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God’s appointing. Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” He, who would reach the source and find the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by some other road. All nature teaches God’s love to man, but 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.
We must “pray without ceasing.” Such prayer is answered, in so far as we put our desires into practice.
Prayer cannot change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth; but prayer, coupled with a fervent habitual desire to know and do the will of God, will bring us into all Truth.
You may know when first Truth leads by the fewness and faithfulness of its followers.
SH 35:19-25 (2nd Our)
Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the fruits of Love, — casting out error and healing the sick.
While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one’s consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession.
The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration.
SH 25:13-16, 22-31
Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death.
Though demonstrating his control over sin and disease, the great Teacher by no means relieved others from giving the requisite proofs of their own piety. He worked for their guidance, that they might demonstrate this power as he did and understand its divine Principle. Implicit faith in the Teacher and all the emotional love we can bestow on him, will never alone make us imitators of him. We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us.
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… to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
SH 323:13-18 (to ;)
In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated. If “faithful over a few things,” we shall be made rulers over many;
The divine demand, “Be ye therefore perfect,” is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can “run, and not be weary; . . . walk, and not faint,” who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement. God requires perfection, but not until the battle between Spirit and flesh is fought and the victory won.
When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.
The divine Principle of healing is proved in the personal experience of any sincere seeker of Truth.
“Where Fidelity Leads Us”
By Nathan A. Talbot
The Christian Science Sentinel, March 20, 1978
Each of us can feel a very special kind of quiet assurance and certain security when we are faithful.
If we learn the lessons of fidelity in our human experience, we will grow into an understanding that the man of God’s creating is even more than faithful. He is eternally and securely at one with God.
Mrs. Eddy gives her students this guidance: “Never absent from your post, never off guard, never ill-humored, never unready to work for God,—is obedience; being ‘faithful over a few things.’ If in one instance obedience be lacking, you lose the scientific rule and its reward: namely, to be made ‘ruler over many things.’”
What would lead us to be unfaithful? The belief that man is separated from God—that he has a mind of his own—lies at the heart of infidelity. Christian Science names this supposition animal magnetism, or mortal mind. The stronger we grow in our understanding that there is one Mind and that man reflects Mind, the more faithful we will be in fulfilling obligations.
Both we and our church progress as we practice, more consistently, genuine faithfulness. Trustworthiness displayed in church attendance, devotion to our posts, steadfastness in our obligation to the practice of healing, spreads wide blessings.
Our faithfulness leads us to the understanding of true being. It leads to dominion over the limitations of mortal existence.
Unquestionably, Jesus’ life is the greatest example of where faithfulness leads us. His fidelity to the Christ—his enduring, spiritual selfhood—led him to full freedom from every restriction of materiality. His faithfulness to good in even the smaller ways included steps that later brought him through the crucifixion and beyond the resurrection to the ascension itself.
Fidelity is one of the indispensable steps that leads to our own individual ascension. Have we ever thought it somewhat unimportant to fill the smaller obligations we have? Have we perhaps felt those little acts of good didn’t count for much? Out of a life that spoke for itself, Mrs. Eddy could write, “Among the manifold soft chimes that will fill the haunted chambers of memory, this is the sweetest: ‘Thou hast been faithful!'”4
As we move through the wilderness of human thought we can remain faithfully and consciously at the side of divine Love. We will be secure as we journey toward a full understanding of God’s allness.