LIFE

January 21, 2018

 

Golden Text

Rom 8:6 to be spiritually

to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

 

Responsive Reading

I Tim 6:11 follow, 12,17-19

follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

 

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

 

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

 

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

 

Ps 42:8 the, 11 hope

the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

 

hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 90:1,2

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 

( 2) Ps 66:8,9

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

 

( 3) Ps 22:4,28 they

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

 

For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations.

 

( 4) Ps 36:7,9

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

 

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

 

 

( 1) 330:19-20

II. God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, Life, Truth, Love.

 

( 2) 289:32

Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

 

( 3) 331:1-6

IV. God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow. If life were in mortal man or material things, it would be subject to their limitations and would end in death. Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations.

 

( 4) 283:6-7,13-15,21-24

Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom "yesterday, and to-day, and forever."

 

But what say prevalent theories? They insist that Life, or God, is one and the same with material life so-called.

 

This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God's character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity.

 

( 5) 167:6-7

We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it.

 

( 6) 487:27

The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Job 33:4

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 

( 6) Ps 56:4

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

 

( 7) Rom 8:5-7 they (to :), 9 (to 1st .)

they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:

 

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

 

( 8) II Cor 5:6,8

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

 

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

 

( 9) Act 17:24,25,28 (to :)

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

 

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

 

 

( 7) 200:9-13

Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.

 

( 8) 191:16-19 (to ?)

The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage. It should no longer ask of the head, heart, or lungs: What are man's prospects for life?

 

( 9) 208:5-6, 25-2

The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and move, and have our being."

 

Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter. Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.

 

(10) 14:12-16,25

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, neither in nor of matter, and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well.

 

Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak "as one having authority."

 

 

Section III

(10) Ps 30:2,7 (to :), 9,11,12

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

 

Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong:

 

What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

 

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

 

(11) 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:

 

(12) Mark 5:25-34

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

 

 

(11) 25:13-16

Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death.

 

(12) 369:16

Jesus never asked if disease were acute or chronic, and he never recommended attention to laws of health, never gave drugs, never prayed to know if God were willing that a man should live. He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.

 

(13) 365:7

The benign thought of Jesus, finding utterance in such words as "Take no thought for your life," would heal the sick, and so enable them to rise above the supposed necessity for physical thought-taking and doctoring; but if the unselfish affections be lacking, and common sense and common humanity are disregarded, what mental quality remains, with which to evoke healing from the outstretched arm of righteousness?

 

(14) 376:10

The pallid invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away with consumption of the blood, should be told that blood never gave life and can never take it away, that Life is Spirit, and that there is more life and immortality in one good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal sense of life.

 

(15) 159:23-2

The medical schools would learn the state of man from matter instead of from Mind. They examine the lungs, tongue, and pulse to ascertain how much harmony, or health, matter is permitting to matter, how much pain or pleasure, action or stagnation, one form of matter is allowing another form of matter.

Ignorant of the fact that a man's belief produces disease and all its symptoms, the ordinary physician is liable to increase disease with his own mind, when he should address himself to the work of destroying it through the power of the divine Mind.

 

(16) 124:32-5

The elements and functions of the physical body and of the physical world will change as mortal mind changes its beliefs. What is now considered the best condition for organic and functional health in the human body may no longer be found indispensable to health.

 

(17) 425:15-17,23-26

Mortal man will be less mortal, when he learns that matter never sustained existence and can never destroy God, who is man's Life.

 

Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.

 

 

Section IV

(13) John 5:25 The

The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

 

(14) Luke 8:41,42,49-55 (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. But as he went the people thronged him.

 

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:

 

 

(18) 427:26-27

Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has man when all such remedies have failed?

 

(19) 410:29-30

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

 

(20) 428:3 (only), 6-12, 19-23,30-32

Life is real, and death is the illusion.

 

Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear, this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true.

 

We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material.

The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal.

 

The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and raised the dying to life and health through the understanding of God as the only Life.

 

(21) 368:20-24

That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions is proved, when we learn that life and man survive this body. Neither evil, disease, nor death can be spiritual, and the material belief in them disappears in the ratio of one's spiritual growth.

 

(22) 289:14

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

 

(23) 407:24

Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

 

 

Section V

(15) Prov 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 

(16) Luke 18:18-23, 28-30

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

 

Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee, And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

 

 

(24) 9:17

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.

 

(25) 272:19-25

It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science.

 

(26) 326:8-14

All nature teaches God's love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.

We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour.

 

(27) 248:29

Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love the kingdom of heaven reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

 

(28) 242:9

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality to have no other consciousness of life than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

 

 

Section VI

(17) II Pet 3:8 beloved

beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

 

(18) I John 2:17 he, 24,25

he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

 

 

(29) 598:23-24

One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.

 

(30) 249:18-19

Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."