September 20, 2017

bible study imageSubject: Renewal

Golden text: II Corinthians 4:16*

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Genesis 43:1-4

Now the famine was severe in the land. And when they had eaten the grain that they had brought from Egypt, their father [Jacob] said to them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” But Judah said to him, “The man solemnly warned us, saying, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.

Genesis 43:11-15

11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm and a little honey, gum, myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds. 12 Take double the money with you. Carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks. Perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man. 14 May God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, and may he send back your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” 15 So the men took this present, and they took double the money with them, and Benjamin. They arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.

From 21st Century Science and Health**

Benjamin (Jacob’s son). A physical belief as to life, substance, and mind; human knowledge or human mind devoted to matter; arrogance, envy; fame; illusion; a false belief; error masquerading as the possessor of life, strength, purpose, motivation, and the power to act…. Renewal of affections; self-offering; an improved state of human mind; the introduction of a more spiritual origin; a gleam of the infinite idea of the infinite Principle; a spiritual type; that which comforts, consoles, and supports.

You uncover sin, not in order to hurt, but in order to bless the human being; and a right motive has its reward. Hidden sin is spiritual wickedness in high places. The masquerader in this Science thanks God that there is no evil, yet serves evil in the name of good.

What are the motives behind prayer? Do we pray to improve ourselves, or to benefit those who hear us? Do we meditate to enlighten the infinite? Do we pray so other people will see us? Is prayer beneficial? Yes, the aspiration that hungers after righteousness[1] is blessed by our heavenly Parent. The desire for spirituality does not return to us void.

Genesis 43:16, 26, 29, 33-34

16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Bring the men into the house, and slaughter an animal and make ready, for the men are to dine with me at noon.”

26 When Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present that they had with them and bowed down to him to the ground

29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you, my son!”

33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth. And the men looked at one another in amazement. 34 Portions were taken to them from Joseph’s table, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were merry with him.

From 21st Century Science and Health

All nature teaches God’s love to us, but we can’t love God supremely and set our whole affections on spiritual things while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.

Educate the children to form habits agreeable to moral and spiritual laws. Children are better prepared to meet and master the limitations imposed by physical laws—especially the laws that breed disease and disorder—when they are obedient to moral and spiritual laws.

Parents, if you allow your children incessantly to play computer games, want stuff, or be picky, don’t complain later in life if your children are complicated or frivolous. Be accountable. Worry less “about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear,”[2] and pro-actively grow together in the understanding of man and woman’s higher nature. Children can still retain their innocence while maturing. You will do more than imaginable when you also continue to mature along with the children.

Ignorant of the fact that human thinking produces disease and all its symptoms, ordinary physicians are liable to increase disease with their own mind. Instead, they can work to destroy disease through the power of the divine Mind.

Promising relationships correlate with the motive to participate in activities adapted to improve society.

The beautiful in character is also the good, securing indissolubly the links of affection.

Genesis 49:1, 27

Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.

27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey and at evening dividing the spoil.”

From 21st Century Science and Health

It is enlightened sense that understands God. Even though Truth is unjustly distorted, it will not forever be hidden from the enlightened sense of the people. The sick, the disabled, and the blind look to divine Science and receive blessing.

Pay attention: it is the brutish, animal instinct in human beings which triggers them to devour each other.

The spiritual idea isn’t devious, but evil will habitually impose its own shifty nature and methods on the true idea. Error’s malicious cruel instinct incites humans to kill each other morally and physically, and worse yet, to blame the innocent for the crime. This last weakness of sin will pull its perpetrator into the black hole of oblivion.

Romans 11:1-6

I [Paul] ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

From 21st Century Science and Health

It is physical sensation, and not Soul, that triggers an overexcited passion for God. Let spiritual perception be our guide, which in turn results in an improved experience. Selflessness and purity are connected to a better life. Fanaticism and self-satisfied devotion do not reveal spirituality. God is not influenced by human beings, no matter how radical you are. The divine ear is not an auditory nerve. The Divine is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, recognizing and supplying our every need.

Prayer can be dangerous if it tempts us to voice desires that aren’t real. We become involuntary hypocrites when we use prayer to console ourselves, while yet make negligible effort to break out of illusory mindsets. We can’t stay in deceptive mindsets, thinking we can pray for forgiveness later. Hypocrisy is fatal to religion.

Romans 12:1-9

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Mind-science teaches mortals “Don’t get tired of helping others.”[3] It dissipates fatigue to do good deeds. In service to our Maker, generosity will not deprive us, likewise, holding back our wealth does not make us richer. Our strength is increased with our increased understanding of truth. Strength is not minimized by voicing truth.

Debra Lynne Katz, a p rofessional clairvoyant reader, healer, and spiritual counselor, says in her book, You are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading & Healing, “We are all energetically connected.” Katz also shares with readers the importance of not continuously expecting to be strengthened by other people’s energy, “The best energy, or fuel, for your body is your own.”[4] This is valuable advice, preparing human thought to take the next step of recognizing divine Spirit as the infinite source of divine strength and immortality. Human energy is mortal and claims separate spirits. Divine energy unites everyone’s consciousness to God, the one immortal Spirit.

The unlimited never connects with the limited. The eternal never joins the temporal. Immortality never participates with mortality. The divine Ego, or individuality, is reflected in all spiritual individuality from the infinitesimal to the infinite.

Anything in the human mind is mortal. To the five physical senses, a person appears to be matter and mind united. Divine Science reveals man and woman as the idea of God. Science supports the fact that the physical senses are capricious and illusory. Divine Science shows that it is impossible for congealed atoms to be person even though interwoven with matter’s higher echelon called brain (misnamed mind). The genuine and total person, the spiritual idea of being is indestructible and eternal. If it were otherwise, person would be annihilated.

It is difficult for the narcissistic attitude to accept divine Science, because Science exposes the nonbeing of a separate self. The sooner error is reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner realness appears and our genuine being is understood. The destruction of error is by no means the destruction of Truth or Love, but is the acknowledgment of them.

Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love, therefore, the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed. Human ability is slow to perceive and realize God’s creation and the divine power and presence which go with it (demonstrating its spiritual origin). Mortals can never know the infinite until they throw off the old self and reach the spiritual image and likeness. What can fathom infinity! How can we describe God, Life, “Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”?[5]

*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.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

 

[1] Matt. 5:6; Luke 6:21

[2] Matt. 6:25, 31; Luke 12:29

[3] Gal. 6:9 (CEV)

[4] Katz, Debra Lynne. You Are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading & Healing. First Edition, Third printing.  Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2005.

[5] Eph. 4:13

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