GOD

July 3, 2016

 

Golden Text

Ps 46:10 (to :)

Be still, and know that I am God:

 

 

Responsive Reading

Jer 29:11-14 I inow (to :); 9:23,24

For 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.

 

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

 

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

 

And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:

 

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

 

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

Ps 100:2 (to :), 3-5

Serve the Lord with gladness:

 

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Job 11:7

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

 

( 2) Job 37:14 stand, 23 he

stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

 

he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

 

( 3) Ps 145:9,10

The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

 

( 4) Ps 4:6

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

 

( 5) Ps 119:151, 152

Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

 

( 6) Rom 11:33 (to 1st !), 36 (to 1st .)

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

 

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.

 

 

( 1) 587:5

GOD. The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

 

( 2) 275:12

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.

 

( 3) 255:11-17

Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things. That God is corporeal or material, no man should affirm.

The human form, or physical finiteness, cannot be made the basis of any true idea of the infinite Godhead.

 

( 4) 390:7-9

It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.

 

( 5) 596:3

Paganism and agnosticism may define Deity as "the great unknowable;" but Christian Science brings God much nearer to man, and makes Him better known as the All-in-all, forever near.

 

( 6) 140:7-12

Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God.

 

 

Section II

( 7) Deut 4:35 the, 36 (to :)

the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him. Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:

 

( 8) I King 18:46 (to ;)

And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;

 

( 9) I King 19:9-12

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

 

(10) Zech 4:6 Not

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

 

( 7) 89:20-21

Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent.

 

( 8) 481:7-9

Material sense never helps mortals to understand Spirit, God. Through spiritual sense only, man comprehends and loves Deity.

 

( 9) 298:8-10, 13-15,22

What is termed material sense can report only a mortal temporary sense of things, whereas spiritual sense can bear witness only to Truth.

 

Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.

 

Spiritual ideas lead up to their divine origin, God, and to the spiritual sense of being.

 

(10) 559:8-16

The "still, small voice" of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe's remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, "as when a lion roareth." It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the "seven thunders" of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, made manifest in the destruction of error.

 

(11) 293:21

There is no vapid fury of mortal mind expressed in earthquake, wind, wave, lightning, fire, bestial ferocity and this so-called mind is self-destroyed. The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, "The anger of the Lord." In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit. Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil.

 

(12) 306:25

Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.

 

 

Section III

(11) Hab 2:20 the

the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

 

(12) Ps 77:13

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

 

(13) Ps 143:1 (to :), 8

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications:

 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

 

(14) Ps 27:4,8

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

 

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

 

(15) Matt 6:6-8

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

 

 

(13) 14:31-3

"When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."

So spake Jesus.

 

(14) 15:9,16-18, 23-30

To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.

 

In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness.

 

The Master's injunction is, that we pray in secret and let our lives attest our sincerity.

Christians rejoice in secret beauty and bounty, hidden from the world, but known to God. Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers. Practice not profession, understanding not belief, gain the ear and right hand of omnipotence and they assuredly call down infinite blessings.

 

(15) 2:8-11, 15-16

God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love.

 

Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it.

 

(16) 13:6-10, 16-24

If we are not secretly yearning and openly striving for the accomplishment of all we ask, our prayers are "vain repetitions," such as the heathen use.

 

If we cherish the desire honestly and silently and humbly, God will bless it, and we shall incur less risk of overwhelming our real wishes with a torrent of words.

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.

 

(17) 1:1-4

The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.

 

 

Section IV

(16) Is 26:3,4 (to 1st :)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever:

 

(17) John 12:44, 49, 50 (to :)

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

 

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting:

 

(18) Luke 8:41,42 (to 1st .), 49-55 (to :)

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a-dying.

 

While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway:

 

(19) I Cor 15:57 thanks

thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

(18) 473:10-15

Christ is the ideal Truth, that comes to heal sickness and sin through Christian Science, and attributes all power to God. Jesus is the name of the man who, more than all other men, has presented Christ, the true idea of God, healing the sick and the sinning and destroying the power of death.

 

(19) 410:29-30

Christian scientific practice begins with Christ's keynote of harmony, "Be not afraid!"

 

(20) 380:32-1

Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God.

 

(21) 381:15-21, 27

God is the lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes. In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and have our being in the infinite God.

Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you will sooner grasp man's God-given dominion.

 

Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the rule of perpetual harmony, God's law. It is man's moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never inflicted by divine authority.

 

(22) 454:5-9

The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens."

 

(23) 495:14

When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious as Life eternally is can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.

 

 

Section V

(20) Matt 6:24 (to :), 25, 33 seek

No man can serve two masters:

 

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

 

seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

(21) Matt 11:1

And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

 

(22) Luke 10:38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

 

(24) 257:24-27

Who hath found finite life or love sufficient to meet the demands of human want and woe, to still the desires, to satisfy the aspirations?

 

(25) 286:9-11

The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way."

 

(26) 3:12

The Divine Being must be reflected by man, else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One "altogether lovely;" but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.

 

(27) 239:16

To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning.

 

(28) 323:9

Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.

 

 

Section VI

(23) Is 30:15 (to :), 29

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:

 

Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.

 

(24) Phil 4:4,7

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

(25) Rev 7:12 Blessing

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

(29) 103:15-16

The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all.

 

(30) 503:28

God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.

 

(31) 516:9-12

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.

 

(32) 506:10-12

Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony. The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.