November 11, 2015

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November 11 2015

Subject: Love removes fear

Golden text: Proverbs 3:3*

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

II Chronicles 36:11-21

11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14 All the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations. And they polluted the house of the Lord that he had made holy in Jerusalem.

15 The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy.

17 Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or aged. He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. 20 He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand purpose of life is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in us. This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or get hung up on a person whom God has appointed to voice His Word. The message, not the messenger is the point, and this correct sense allows us to see the highest visible idea and understand its divine Principle.

When Love commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Soul.

It is important to examine our inclinations and intentions. Mental examination is the way we learn what we honestly are. If a friend informs us of a fault, do we listen patiently to the criticism and reconsider our attitude?

We lend our self to matter and entertain limited thoughts of God the same way unbelievers do with their false gods. Human beings are inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God. All knowledge based on matter, like the original “tree of knowledge,”[1] multiplies our pains, for mortal illusions would rob God and kill us. In the meantime, temporary knowledge spreads like cancer and gives thanks.

Knowledge and pleasure, evolved through physical sense, produce the immediate mindset of fear and shame. Uncomfortable in the presence of Truth, human knowledge becomes confused, and people cower and hide when they hear the divine voice calling for their attention. The spiritual call may be paraphrased: “People, where are you? Is Mind restricted to human mind or the brain? Is Mind capable of error as well as of truth, of evil as well as of good, when God is All and is Mind? Is there more than one God, one Mind?”

Fear was the first experience of physical awareness. This is how error begins, and this is how the dream of matter will end.

Don’t be immobilized by the different disguises of fear and hatred.

Love and Truth make free, whereas evil and error lead into captivity.

II Chronicles 36:22-23

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 23 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.’”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Human minds have not completely outgrown their superstitions. Human mindsets embody ghostly beliefs, and time is required before reaching eternity, spirituality, or complete reality. All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is completely real. Temporal things will continue to be outgrown until perfection appears and reality is reached. Old-wives-tales, even new old-wives tales, need to become a thing of the past. We must not continue to be impressed by superstitious thinking, but we must be wise and let go of all misdirected reverences. When we learn that error is not real, we are ready for progress, “forgetting what is behind.”[2]

When human beings blend their thoughts of existence with the spiritual and work only as Truth and Love works, they will taste heaven and stop groping in the dark and clinging to the world. In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle says, “You can still be active and enjoy manifesting and creating new forms, and circumstances, but you won’t be identified with them. You do not need them to give you a sense of self. They are not your life―only your life situation.”[3] It is important to remember to stay out of the dark beliefs that cheat us and make us involuntary hypocrites. Don’t be induced to believe you are doing good when really you are producing evil, injuring others, and deforming goodness. People who think they are a semi-god will mis-create.

Person is never sick, for Mind is not sick. Material particles can’t be sick. False thinking is the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is beneficial to be calm around sickness or when feeling sick; and to be hopeful is still better. However, understanding that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.

By indisputably giving power to disorder, a large majority of doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real recuperative power. If we admit that some bodily condition is beyond the control of Mind, we become more vulnerable. Don’t give the upper hand to matter, it’s discouraging. It’s similar to advising a person who is down in the world, not to bother overcoming their difficulties. The better approach is to apply the knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for. This stimulates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out.

Luke 21:5-9, 25-28

 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, [Jesus] said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

Fear can be so great at certain points, that human thought will automatically be pushed into a new path.

Marvels, disasters, and sin will increase to urge human beings to stop resisting the claims of Truth.

Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own types. Acute beliefs of physical life come later on, and are not as disastrous as the chronic beliefs.

Human existence is like a soap-opera. The human mind’s performance consists of mortal thoughts chasing after each other only to always find disaster and heartache. Conversely, in the theater of divine Science, Life is revealed as not being at the mercy of mortality. Science cannot admit that happiness is ever the sport of circumstance.

Error does not need to demand more and more attention as it accelerates toward self-destruction. Let’s take an abscess. The sore does not need to become more painful before the pus is absorbed or drained. Or, in the case of a fever, the fever doesn’t need to become severe or critical before it ends.

Allow unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, and love to control your mind and body. As the kingdom of heaven is found within, then sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.

Rest your gaze on the unsearchable realm of Mind. Look ahead and act as possessing all power from Truth and Love in whom you have your being.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

[1] Gen. 2:9

[2] Phil. 3:13

[3] The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Copyright 1999 by Eckhart Tolle. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA www.NewWorldLibrary.com

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