WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
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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;
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.
22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.
1:33 … whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
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.
29:25 … whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God?
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:
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:
5:7 … fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
51:4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
34:1 ¶ … 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.
9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength:
17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war:
9:49 … John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
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;
25 ¶ … and upon the earth distress of nations, …
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
31 … when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
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.
6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
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
Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.
The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.
Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.
The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.
SH 387:27-30 (to ,)
The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent
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.
Tyranny, intolerance, and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed after the pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse.
Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.
SH 39:25 mortals
… mortals must get the true idea and divine Principle of all that really exists
and governs the universe harmoniously. This thought is apprehended slowly, and the interval before its attainment is attended with doubts and defeats as well as triumphs.
Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God. If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good.
There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.
The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.
We have strength in proportion to our apprehension of the truth, and our strength is not lessened by giving utterance to truth.
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.
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.”
SH 194:1-2 the
… the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its strength with matter or with human will.
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.
Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmonious and eternal.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
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.
“Security Can’t Be Lost”
By Richard A. Nenneman
The Christian Science Sentinel
May 15, 1978
Security, as elusive as happiness if sought from a material basis, is found as we learn that it doesn’t consist of the quantity of things (or bank accounts) we have. Rather, it is found in the expression of the divine qualities freely given to us by God, which we must learn to express more fully. This is a vital lesson because, though more and more of our basic needs are supposedly guaranteed by some arm of government, we seem to be in an era of increasing insecurity.
Governments, while playing an indispensable role in society, can never take the place of an infinite God, who has already provided for all man’s needs.
One who allows his sense of security to become dependent either on what is provided for him by government or on widely accepted beliefs about economic conditions and employment opportunities is laying aside a responsibility he cannot rightly cast off.
… we all need to learn that security never comes from the quantity of things we possess or from what others do for us, but from our expression of the qualities God gives us—qualities such as intelligence, love, activity, joy. One who actively expresses Christlike qualities finds suitable employment, fulfilling activity, sufficient remuneration.
One of the consequences of larger populations, big corporations and unions, and big governments is the tendency to think in terms of quantity rather than quality. To an extent, this is inevitable in the human scheme of things. But the Christian Scientist can recognize that while it may seem inevitable, it is distinctly secondary to the thinking it is his duty to do, thinking that claims as man’s birthright all the illimitable qualities of God, which are forever his to express.
The Psalmist wrote, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Dwelling under the care and control of God, we can find surcease from anguish and insecurity.