Resist, Insist And Persist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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The Following Are Passages From The Bible And From Science & Health With Key To The Scriptures By Mary Baker Eddy.



56:1 Be merciful unto me, O God:

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.




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:

9 … and overtook them encamping by the sea, …

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:

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.




4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them:

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.




8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

31 … If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God;

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


SH 584:17-19 (to 5th ; )

DEVIL. Evil; a lie; error; neither corporeality nor mind; the opposite of Truth;


SH 357:5

We sustain Truth, not by accepting, but by rejecting a lie.


SH 480:23-24 Evil

Evil is a false belief. God is not its author.


S&H 186:11-14

Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.


S&H 71:2 It

It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.


SH 393:12-13 ?

Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.


SH 218:24

Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin, with sudden dismissal. Resist the temptation to believe in matter as intelligent, as having sensation or power.


SH 406:19-20 (to 1st .)

Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you.




17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15   Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16   And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

18   And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

21   Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.




8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.




5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


SH 468:9-11 There

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.


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.


SH 390:29-5

Meet the incipient stages of disease with as powerful mental opposition as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of an inhuman law. Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit. Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin.


SH 390:20-23

Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more the author of sickness than He is of sin.


SH 412:23-24

Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and that sickness is a temporal dream.


SH 393:16-18

Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government.

SH 412:24

Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.


S&H 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.




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.




21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a-fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4  But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore:

9   As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

15 ¶So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.

17 Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.




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.


SH 249:24-25

Sleep and apathy are phases of the dream that life, substance, and intelligence are material.

S&H 4:17-22

Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.




21:9 …when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;

25 ¶ and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.




15:18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?

19   Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth:

20   And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.




5:17 Pray without ceasing.

21 … hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.




13:37 … what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


S&H 1:1-4, 6

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.

Prayer, watching, and working, combined with self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.


SH 11:27-31

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.


SH 400:19

By lifting thought above error, or disease, and contending persistently for truth, you destroy error.


SH 495:14-20

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious–as Life eternally is–can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.


SH 261:4

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.


S&H 462:17 self-denial

… self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.




“Resist, Insist, and Persist”

By Betty E. Thompson

Christian Science Sentinel, June 15, 1957


“Many healings in Christian Science are instantaneous, although others are not. Students of this religion must strive most diligently to realize the great facts concerning the one perfect God, Spirit, and man as His perfect, spiritual idea. They are required to resist mightily the temptation to believe in the reality of the material condition confronting them and to insist upon their divine state of perfection as Mind’s reflection.


“If students do not grasp this truth the first or second time they try, they should persist in their prayerful, spiritual endeavors until they do. In other words, they should resist material error, insist on spiritual truth, and persist in this divinely mental activity until healing is complete.


“To all those disciples of Christ Jesus who are struggling for healing today, Christian Science says with love: Resist the illusion that your life is dependent in any way on matter. God is Life. He is your life. Insist on this truth, and it will make you free. Persist with this truth until you are completely whole and every facet of your life is in perfect harmony. You have the one true God, the God of Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and Christ Jesus with you as you pray. Insist, resist, persist! You cannot help winning.”



“Proofs of God’s Care”

By Clifford A. Woodard

Christian Science Sentinel, December 6, 1930


“The very fact that a problem has come to us is proof that God has given us the ability to solve it. It is also proof that we are ready for the step in progress that is involved in the solution of that particular problem. Then let us deal with our problems joyously, with the expectation of victory, and with the persistence that does not stop short of complete accomplishment. Whatever the nature of our problem may be, and however difficult it may seem to us, we may be sure that the solution is already established in divine Mind. Then, if we hold steadfastly to that Mind in the time of trial, we cannot fail to gain the proof of God’s care.



Manual of the Mother Church

By Mary Baker Eddy


Alertness to Duty Section 6. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged, — and justified or condemned.