July 22, 2020

bible study imageSubject: Joy

Golden text: Galatians 5:22-23*

[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Joel 1:5-6, 11-12, 14

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine;
wail because of the new wine,
for it has been snatched from your lips.
A nation has invaded my land,
a mighty army without number;
it has the teeth of a lion,
the fangs of a lioness.

11 Despair, you farmers,
wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine is dried up
and the fig tree is withered;
the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree—
all the trees of the field—are dried up.
Surely the people’s joy
is withered away.

14 Declare a holy fast;
call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders
and all who live in the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health**

The God-inspired walk calmly on though with aching feet. Pampered hypocrites may ride on easy street here, but they can’t forever break the Golden Rule[1] and escape the penalty due. We reap what we sow.

God, good, being ever-present, it follows in divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never present. Sin, sickness, and death are not transferable or scientific. In Science, individual good derived from God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow to human beings from other people or from those who are no longer on this earth, but evil is neither communicable nor scientific. A sinning earthly mortal is neither the reality of Life nor the channel through which truth passes to earth. The joys of interaction and socializing become the farce of sin when bad influences and suffering become contagious.

Human beings must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all erroneous mindsets are destroyed.

This advance beyond superficial thinking comes through the joys and triumphs of the righteous as well as through their sorrows and afflictions. We must leave mortal impressions of fleshly being and advance into immortal impressions of spiritual being.

Adversity teaches human beings not to lean on a collapsible crutch. Spiritual development doesn’t come from planting seeds in the dirt of materialist views. Those seeds rot whereas Love nurtures the higher joys of Spirit which have no taint of earth. We forget this when life is fine. But when mortals belch, or the economy goes sour, or people think their partner is boring, the heart is pierced with sadness until we remember that sorrow can be therapeutic, forcing us to enter the domain of spiritual happiness and reliance.

Spirit is the life, substance, and continuity of all things. We move on forces. Withdraw them and creation must collapse. Human knowledge calls them forces of matter. Divine Science restores the forces by classifying them spiritually and by declaring them inherently and wholly to belong to divine Mind.

The elements of the physical world and the functions of the physical body will change as human mind changes its beliefs. What is now considered the best condition for biological and functional health may no longer be found indispensable to health in the future. Moral conditions will always be found harmonious and health-giving. Biological inaction and over-action are not beyond God’s control. People will be found normal and natural as mortal thought grows out of the phases which human belief creates and sanctions.

As human thought changes from one stage to another, from conscious pain to painlessness, from sorrow to joy, from fear to hope, and from faith to understanding, the visible manifestation will at last be self-governed by Soul. Reflecting God’s control, you are no longer controlled by physical sense or mind. When subordinate to the divine Spirit, we cannot be controlled by sin or death, and material theories about laws of health lose their value.

The astronomer no longer looks up to the stars—but looks out from them upon the universe. The florist finds the flower before its seed. Every cell can be seen before its multiplication. The seasons come and go with changes of time and tide, cold and heat, latitude and longitude. Farmers will find that these changes can’t affect crops. “Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.”[2] The navigator can have dominion over the weather, over the great deep, over the fish of the sea and the fowls of the air. Time will not affect life.

John 15:1-4, 9-15

[Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

21st Century Science and Health

Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening clutches of human policies, the demonstration of spiritual Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. Throughout all time and space, scientific demonstration is imperative as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, remaining inviolate for humanity to understand and to practice.

We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained and we should never deny the everlasting order of Soul, simply because to physical sense there is seeming disorder. It is a disregard of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent imbalance, while a correct regard of God restores balance. Truth will ultimately compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of fleshly sensations for the joys of Soul.

Common sense and common humanity are to be highly regarded; otherwise, what mental quality remains with which to call forth from the extended arm of righteousness a satisfying healing or dignified passing?

If the Scientist reaches the patient through divine Love, the healing work will be achieved at one visit. In the presence of Love, disease vanishes into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine. In any case, it is necessary for the Scientist to have enough Christly intent to win their own pardon and to receive praise similar to that which Jesus gave the woman who had lived a sinful life. Spirituality must be pure in order to practice scientifically and deal with patients compassionately. Results correspond to the spiritual intent.

The would-be healer is obligated not to bring hypocrisy, stupidity, inhumanity, or bad habits into the patient’s environment. If these traits were present, the environment would be converted into a “den of robbers.”[3] The un-Christ-like practitioner does not give to mind or body the joy and strength of Truth. Vanity and negativity desecrate the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate themselves is damaged. The poor suffering heart needs its spiritual nutriment, such as peace, patience in distress, and a priceless sense of the dear Father-Mother’s loving-kindness.

To cure a patient, the practitioner must first dismiss their own moral evils. Purification allows the practitioner to attain the spiritual freedom and ability to drive physical evils out of the patient. Healing will not radiate from someone who is so spiritually unproductive that they are unable to give drink to the thirsty or reach the patient’s thought. Mental poverty alienates faith and understanding.

The physician who lacks empathy for humanity is deficient in goodwill. The public then has the apostolic warrant for repeating: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.”[4] Not having spiritual goodwill, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and can’t recognize infinite Love which alone confers the healing power.

The brain’s electrochemical functioning is ignorant of the world of Truth. The brain is not wired to the reality of immortal existence. The world of life in matter is not cognizant of life in Soul.

If we are sensitive to the body and regard omnipotent Being as having fleshly sensations, we are not “away from the body and at home with the Lord.”[5] In the life of Spirit, we can’t “serve two masters.”[6] To be “at home with the Lord,”[7] is to have not only faith, but also the actual demonstration and understanding of Life as revealed in spiritual Science. To be “at home with the Lord”[8] is to be in obedience to the law of God. To be with God is to be influenced by infinite Mind, not by finite minds.

For a single moment, become conscious that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual—neither in nor of that which is measurable—and the body will stop complaining. Depression is turned into joy and sickness is turned into wellness when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love. Hence the hope of Jesus’ promise: “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing . . . because I am going to the Father”[9]—because spiritual consciousness is absent from the body and present with Truth and Love.

The belief and dream of mortal being is entirely separate from the Life divine.

The scientific government of the body must be accomplished through the divine Mind. It is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this fundamental point, timid or self-righteous conservatism are inadmissible. Only by advancing from the root of Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

Now and forever, we joyfully acknowledge God’s supremacy, omnipotence, and omnipresence.

*Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

**Text from 21st Century Science and Health can’t be reproduced in part or as a whole without the written permission of Healing Science Today

[1] Matt. 7:12 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

[2] Ps. 102:26 (NASB)

[3] Jer. 7:11; Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46

[4] I John 4:20 (NRSV)

[5] II Cor. 5:8

[6] Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13

[7] II Cor. 5:8

[8] II Cor. 5:8

[9] John 14:12

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