Yield to God

May 6, 2015

Hymns 112,290,115

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II Chron 30:8 yield (to 3rd ,)

yield yourselves unto the Lord,


James 4:6-8 God, 10

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit

yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye

sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. … Humble yourselves in

the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.


Matt 18:1-4 Who

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little

child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto

you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not

enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble

himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Ps 69:29-32 O

O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and

will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better

than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this,

and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.


Ps 85:7-13

Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God

the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his

saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them

that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met

together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall

spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her

increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of

his steps.


Ps 10:17

Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their

heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:


Heb 12:1-4 let

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,

and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set

before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the

right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such

contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your

minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.


Rom 12:2, 3

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing

of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and

perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every

man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to

think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the

measure of faith.


Rom 6:16-22

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his

servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of

obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the

servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine

which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the

servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the

infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to

uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members

servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of

sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things

whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But

now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your

fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.


I John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love

the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the

lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the

Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust

thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


Phil 4:1, 4-6

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown,

so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. … Rejoice in the Lord alway:

and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The

Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and

supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


Rom 13:1, 2 (to :)

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but

of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore

resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:


Rom 6:13

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:

but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and

your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.




To develop the full might of this Science, the discords of corporeal sense

must yield to the harmony of spiritual sense, even as the science of music

corrects false tones and gives sweet concord to sound.



Some people yield slowly to the touch of Truth. Few yield without a

struggle, and many are reluctant to acknowledge that they have yielded;

but unless this admission is made, evil will boast itself above good.



It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine Science, because Science

exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is reduced to its native

nothingness, the sooner man’s great reality will appear and his genuine

being will be understood. The destruction of error is by no means the

destruction of Truth or Life, but is the acknowledgment of them.



We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth makes a new creature,

in whom old things pass away and “all things are become new.” Passions,

selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality,

and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.

We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be emptied. Let us

disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our

tatters close about us.



Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our

warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly

interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as

Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother. Every

mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome

the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee

ruler over many,” is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the

supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we

know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness. He

that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs,

animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and

certain sense that God is Love.



As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more

than one God, man in God’s likeness will appear, and this eternal man will

include in that likeness no material element.

As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of

existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human

thought, and leads it to “where the young child was,”  — even to the birth of

a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes.

Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light,

chasing away the darkness of error.

The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and




The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but

in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual,

and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.



Mortal mind accepts the erroneous, material conception of life and joy, but

the true idea is gained from the immortal side. Through toil, struggle, and

sorrow, what do mortals attain? They give up their belief in perishable life

and happiness; the mortal and material return to dust, and the immortal is




The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which

has lost much materiality — much error — in order to become a better

transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no

longer hides the sun.



Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender

of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El

Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only

the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense

and human will have no place.

Are you willing to leave all for Christ, for Truth, and so be counted among

sinners? No! Do you really desire to attain this point? No! Then why make

long prayers about it and ask to be Christians, since you do not care to

tread in the footsteps of our dear Master? If unwilling to follow his example,

why pray with the lips that you may be partakers of his nature? Consistent

prayer is the desire to do right. Prayer means that we desire to walk and

will walk in the light so far as we receive it, even though with bleeding

footsteps, and that waiting patiently on the Lord, we will leave our real

desires to be rewarded by Him.



Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold

hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge

with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in

their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against

health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you to the judge, the

arbiter of truth against error. The judge will deliver you to justice, and the

sentence of the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and body.



If spiritual sense always guided men, there would grow out of ecstatic

moments a higher experience and a better life with more devout self-

abnegation and purity.



During the sensual ages, absolute Christian Science may not be achieved

prior to the change called death, for we have not the power to demonstrate

what we do not understand. But the human self must be evangelized. This

task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to abandon so fast as

practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which determines the

outward and actual.



Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of

material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs

must be denied and cast out to make place for truth. You cannot add to the

contents of a vessel already full. Laboring long to shake the adult’s faith in

matter and to inculcate a grain of faith in God, — an inkling of the ability of

Spirit to make the body harmonious, — the author has often remembered

our Master’s love for little children, and understood how truly such as they

belong to the heavenly kingdom.



Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new,

renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the

false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to

precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a

proof of progress.



Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey

only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure

for all true spiritual growth.



Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony,

give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us have one God,

one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

Let the “male and female” of God’s creating appear. Let us feel the divine

energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal

nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to

the divine “powers that be.” Such is the true Science of being. Any other

theory of Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.



Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even

God; for this Mind forms its own likeness.