JULY 12, 2017
139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
8: 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth;
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.
29 … if…thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31 … he will not forsake thee,
39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
45:5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:
12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain:
29: 11 … I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord;
11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
22: 21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, …
28 … and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
12:23 ¶ And Jesus answered them, saying, …
14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
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.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
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;
17 Even the Spirit of truth;
26 … the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
11:28 ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
6:33 … seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
7:7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;
16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
18 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.
17: 22 ¶ … Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, …
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those “having no hope, and without God in the world;” but as a matter of fact, these calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence.
If we look to the body for pleasure, we find pain; for Life, we find death; for Truth, we find error; for Spirit, we find its opposite, matter.
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.
Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality. 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.
In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.
For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule.
Science is an emanation of divine Mind, and is alone able to interpret God aright. It has a spiritual, and not a material origin. It is a divine utterance, — the Comforter which leadeth into all truth.
To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.
Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.
Our Master healed the sick, practised Christian healing, and taught the generalities of its divine Principle to his students; but he left no definite rule for demonstrating this Principle of healing and preventing disease. This rule remained to be discovered in Christian Science.
SH 559:20-21 (to 2nd .)
Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it.
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being.
A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in Truth are unsuitable conditions for healing the sick.
Divine Science is absolute, and permits no half-way position in learning its Principle and rule — establishing it by demonstration.
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 1:11-12 (to ,)
Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires,…
SH 3:14 to
… to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
Unless the harmony and immortality of man are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God; and the body will reflect what governs it, whether it be Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore “acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.”
In the words of St. John: “He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.
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.
When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.
“Seeking and Finding”
By Adeline K. Bokenham
Christian Science Sentinel
September 22, 1923
Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” The truth of these familiar words is daily being proved; and the fulfillment of the promises given therein is a demonstrable certainty to all those who, through the teachings of Christian Science, are learning to ask and seek aright. Many are trying to demonstrate material things instead of seeking the spiritual idea of Truth. But only in seeking and finding the spiritual idea, in place of each and every seeming, false condition of material sense, will harmony be found, manifesting itself in harmonious conditions.
To the searcher for health, does it not sometimes seem that all his earnest seeking goes unrewarded? And is this not often because he is trying to demonstrate a perfect material body instead of striving to understand the wholeness, completeness, and perfection of each individual idea of God, and the consequent impossibility of making perfect that which is imperfect and unreal? He will find that as he rises above the false mortal concept of man as material and as having a material body, his beliefs of ill health will fade away.
There are countless seekers for freedom in the world to-day, but it is a freedom which to them means license, mere liberty to gratify their false sense of self. Not until they seek the “glorious liberty of the children of God” do they find their freedom, as ideas of God, in an awakened consciousness of their exemption from sin and disease, and of their freedom to do right and to obey the dictates of divine Principle. Surely this is the only true freedom there is.
To those seemingly bound down by a sense of lack, and earnestly seeking to know the truth about God’s abundance, there comes by degrees the realization that the child of God has no “needs” since man reflects all, as God’s image and likeness. What can he want more; or how can he be limited? The only real need is to see the truth that spiritual abundance is ever present, and that a condition of lack does not really exist.
In Christian Science, we learn that God is All and everywhere; so there is in reality no material condition, only a false belief in one. Can the one perfect Mind, God, know a false belief? and is not divine Mind the all-knowing? Then who has that false belief? No one! And what is there about it to be known? Nothing!