MARCH 9, 2016
53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was:
46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
84:11… no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
34:10 …they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
AND FROM THE NEW LIVING TRANSLATION:
1 Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today.
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.
3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
6 So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.
4:1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”
2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors.
4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another.
6 Soon every container was full to the brim!
“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.
“There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
4:38 Elisha now returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land.
42 One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat.”
43 “What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed a hundred people with only this?” But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the Lord says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!”
44 And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.
8:1 About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them,
2 “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.
3 if I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”
5 Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?” “Seven loaves,” they replied.
6 So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked god for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd.
7 A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them.
8 They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food.
9 There were about 4,000 people in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten.
1:17 … Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes, as a shifting shadow does.
AND AGAIN FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION:
4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
18 … He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of god, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
6:8 … for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
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;
18 … we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
8:13 … I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
4:19 …My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
AND FROM SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES BY MARY BAKER EDDY:
To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.
In Divine Science, man is sustained by God, the Divine Principle of being. The earth, at God’s command, brings forth food for man’s use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink,” — presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.
When man is governed by God, the ever-present mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.
Christian scientific practice begins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!
In Divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.”
Trials are proofs of God’s care.
SH 66:6-7, 14
Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff,– a broken reed, which pierces the heart.
Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
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. The apostle John says: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
If we pray to God as a corporeal person, this will prevent us from relinquishing the human doubts and fears which attend such a belief, and so we cannot grasp the wonders wrought by infinite, incorporeal Love, to whom all things are possible. Because of human ignorance of the divine Principle, Love, the Father of all is represented as a corporeal creator; hence men recognize themselves as merely physical, and are ignorant of man as God’s image or reflection and of man’s eternal incorporeal existence.
Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine love supplies all good.
“All things work together for good to them that love God,” is the dictum of scripture.
In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes,–Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.
Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.
Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.
Divine Love blesses its own ideas, and causes them to multiply,–to manifest His power.
The universe of Spirit reflects the creative power of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the multiplication of the compound idea man. The tree and herb do not yield fruit because of any propagating power of their own, but because they reflect the Mind which includes all. A material world implies a mortal mind and man a creator. The scientific divine creation declares immortal Mind and the universe created by God.
As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
God is not influenced by man. The “divine ear” is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.
Our master taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. Our Master said, “After this manner therefore pray ye,” and then he gave that prayer which covers all human needs.
Now, let’s join in a few moments of silent prayer and then repeat aloud that prayer, the Lord’s Prayer.
“More Understanding, Less Matter;
By Laurance Doyle
Christian Science Sentinel, July 11, 2005
As one cannot add up all time to get eternity, one cannot add up all the distance and get infinity. One cannot add up all limitations to obtain the unlimited. So, there is no distance between you, as an unlimited idea of the infinite Mind, and all other ideas of creation. Distance doesn’t apply to ideas. There’s no time or distance between Mind’s ideas.
You can extend this line of reasoning to say that matter is no part of spiritual substance. The limited version is no part of the unlimited. Matter is the suggestion that ideas have limitations. But infinite Mind could not think of anything finite. It’s not possible. There’s no quality of finiteness in the infinite Mind. Not one idea of God is finite.
Think of what happened with the bread in the Bible’s account of Jesus feeding the multitude, and the pouring of the oil as directed by Elisha. These were demonstrations of the fact that there’s no possible way that infinite Mind has ever thought a finite idea, because you just can’t have an idea that’s not like the Mind that conceives it. Christ Jesus asked essentially the same question Elisha had asked the widow—What have you in the house (in consciousness)? Once the idea or substance was recognized as already present, it could then be demonstrated to be unlimited.
“God’s law—supplying every need”
By Thomas O. Poyser
Christian Science Sentinel, December 1, 1998
God, as infinite divine Mind, is all-wise and all-knowing, abundantly imparting His intelligent, spiritual, right ideas. These are our real need! And they’re ever available to you and me and all, since man as the image and likeness of God can never fail to reflect all that is included in the creative Mind. Mrs. Eddy writes, “God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow. It is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help, and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.”
Businesspersons can call upon God’s law of supply for whatever ideas they may need to conduct their business. Athletes can call upon God’s law for the strength and skill required in their sport. Artists can call upon God’s law for the inspiration and creativity needed for their work. Scholars can rely upon divine law for the intelligence their study demands. The sick, the lonely, the discouraged, the needy, can call upon God’s law for whatever right idea will meet their need, and it will guide them into a realization of the “wondrous things” of God.