WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
15 … then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
18 … thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 … thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
25: 1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
9 ¶ And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:
33:6 …wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation:
34:1 ¶ For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:
28 … they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, …
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, …
9:50 Jesus said …
21:9 … when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass;
10 Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
25 ¶ … and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
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.
3:5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
29:25 … whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
2: 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, …
13 … God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught,…
91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
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.
1:9 … Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.
Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.
The broadcast powers of evil so conspicuous to-day show themselves in the materialism and sensualism of the age, struggling against the advancing spiritual era.
The eastern empires and nations owe their false government to the misconceptions of Deity there prevalent. Tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse.
There is no inherent power in matter; for all that is material is a material, human, mortal thought, always governing itself erroneously.
Whatever indicates the fall of man or the opposite of God or God’s absence, is the Adam-dream, which is neither Mind nor man, for it is not begotten of the Father.
SH 96:12-18, 31
This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears.
During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.
Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits.
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.
SH 71:2 It
It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.
Are material means the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, with Truth and Love?
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.
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.”
cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection
SH 66:10-11, 6-7
Trials are proofs of God’s care.
Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart.
As human thought changes from one stage to another of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and joy, — from fear to hope and from faith to understanding, — the visible manifestation will at last be man governed by Soul, not by material sense. Reflecting God’s government, man is self-governed.
There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.
Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“Under the government of divine Principle, Love”
By Richard Nenneman
Christian Science Sentinel, February 27, 2006
The challenge for the individual today is not just learning how to live with the constant threat of terror, but how to deal with it.
The 91st Psalm contains the familiar words, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.” And, further on, the Psalmist tells why one need not be afraid—because God will “give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” These angels, which Christian Science recognizes as God’s ideas flowing to man, are the thoughts that come to us when we need them to aid in our protection.
Just as one finds individual protection through turning to God for guidance, one can turn to God in the larger challenges. We need to see that we are not merely Arabs, Europeans, or Americans. Nor must we even define ourselves solely as Muslims, Christians, or Jews.
“It is possible to go beyond these categories by which we are used to defining ourselves geographically, socially, or even by religion—categories that often serve to actually divide and separate us.
“The challenge is to rise to that Christ consciousness—that is, the spiritual view of creation—in which we can claim the protection that is provided for all by an omnipotent, omnipresent God.
“Most people who are aware of what’s happening in the world today would like to help in bringing an end to the threat of terror, not only in their own lives, but for individuals and nations all over the planet. The most effective thing we may bring to this effort is the quiet, earnest knowing, through prayer, that we are not divided by race, geography, or religion, but that we all live under the government of divine Principle, Love.”
“Treat Yourself Daily”
By William Curtis Kaufman
Christian Science Sentinel
Evil is always unreal. It is not man, for man is God’s spiritual and perfect idea. Evil is only a false sense, the opposite of what is true. Therefore, the only place to master error is in consciousness, in our thinking, not in our neighbor’s.
God has endowed each of us with the ability to express His divine power in our daily life. But in order to do this, one must maintain a sense of man’s conscious union with God, eternal Mind. For when one realizes God’s ever-presence—that He is closer than the atmosphere or the sunlight—he begins to demonstrate his spiritual unity with the Father. To reach and maintain such mental elevation and clarity is the purpose of daily prayer for oneself. ‘You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source,’ writes Mary Baker Eddy in Pulpit and Press, and ‘daily demonstrate this.’