Overcoming Discouragement

AUGUST 24, 2016
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42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God:


13:17  And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near;

18  But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea:

14:5  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

7  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.

8  … and he pursued after the children of Israel:

10  ¶And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid:

11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?

12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.


5:2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:


8:43  …a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44  Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45  And Jesus said, Who touched me?

47  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.


11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

3  And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

4  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

5  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

7  ¶And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, …

11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:

26:36  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

39  And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

45  … Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.


20:16  … Paul … determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia:

17  ¶And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

18  And when they were come to him, he said unto them, … I have been with you at all seasons,

19  Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

22  … I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

25  And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

28  ¶Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

36  ¶And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

37  And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,

38  Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more.


14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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.

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

177 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.


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;

14  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus,…


4:7 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.



SH 322:26-29

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms
of divine Love.

SH 170:28-31

The description of man as purely physical, or as both material and spiritual, — but in either case dependent upon his physical organization, — is the Pandora box, from which all ills have gone forth, especially despair.

SH 410:14-17

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love.

SH 428:30-32

The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life.

SH x:17

These cases for the most part have been abandoned as hopeless by regular medical attendants. Few invalids will turn to God till all physical supports have failed, because there is so little faith in His disposition and power to heal disease.

SH 382:24-31 (to 1st .), 32

One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion, in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: “I should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, — supporting the power of Mind over the body and showing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering and despair.

The ailment was not bodily, but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in Christian Science.”

SH 12:32-1

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.

SH 446:24-25

Resisting evil, you overcome it and prove its nothingness.

SH 411:20-22

The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed.

SH 391:7-9

Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them.

SH 391:18-19, 24, 32-2

When the body is supposed to say, “I am sick,” never plead guilty.

Disease has no intelligence to declare itself something and announce its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself and to others.

Fear is the fountain of sickness, and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease.

SH 43:27 (only)

The divine must overcome the human at every point.

SH 367:30-5

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. Error is a coward before Truth.

SH 21:1-3 (to ,)

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, “I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith,” …

SH 254:6-8, 10-12

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.

SH 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”


“Overcoming Discouragement”

By Lloyd B. Coate

Christian Science Sentinel

September 18, 1926

Discouragement is a suggestion of so-called mortal mind, a suggestion that God, divine Love, cannot or will not preserve the health of His children and provide a way for the supply of daily food and clothing. Discouragement may thus be said to result from a lack of confidence or a loss of confidence in God, infinite good.

Inasmuch as nothing but good can emanate from God, the suggestions of fear, worry, limitation, and sickness must have their origin in so-called mortal mind. Mortals have tried to overcome such suggestions by resorting to material means and by relying upon this false mind, but such efforts always end in failure. The time will come in the experience of each one when he will realize that only through absolute reliance on Christ, Truth can the evil suggestions of mortal mind be destroyed—proved unreal.

Doubt is the very opposite of the true essence of prayer, for it is a lack of confidence in God, good; and for this reason it is to be denied and resisted.

If doubt, fear, worry, or any other form of evil knocks at the portal of consciousness, it can be overcome by understanding that evil suggestions do not have their origin in the divine Mind, and, therefore, have only a fabulous existence, even though they may seem real to erring human thought.

One of the greatest lessons Christian Scientists have to learn is to have patience to grow into a better understanding of God.

We should be firm in our declaration of the Science of being, that the real man always has been and always will be God’s perfect image and likeness, spiritual and not material. We should deny every suggestion that disputes God’s perfect creation. We need to know that with God there are no incurable diseases, and that “with God all things are possible.”