Bible Study from January 9th, 2021
He Who is Obedient to Truth Has Immense Power for Service
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Bible Study Questions and Readings
Now worry does not demonstrate. All the mental energy one spends on worry would be better used in faith. Just pray when you do not know what to think, or sing a hymn to yourself until worry goes. Nothing happens out of order, everything happens in the order of development for you. You pray to learn; then why be regretful when the page turns over and a hard lesson comes next? Let resentment go, and just roll up your sleeves, so to speak, and get to work and declare that you are going to squeeze all the benefit out of that experience that you can. Just learn to be glad of these chances to impersonalize error.
…Remember there will be nothing come to you that you cannot overcome. The victory is yours by inheritance; claim it and use it as yours. Work every day to know that the belief of impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience.
…Be watchful and demonstrate that Truth and Love can and do triumph over every obstacle that confronts us and vanquish every temptation that assails us.
from “Essays Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy” in Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 77-78
Topic: The Majesty of God
Moderator: Shahidat from MD
Bible Readings: Exodus Chapters 14; Psalm 114
- What was the terrain of the area near where the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea?
- Why did God order the children of Israel to turn around at Etham in Exodus chapter 14? Was there a route for the Children of Israel to reach the Promised Land without crossing the Red Sea?
- Why did Moses tell the Children of Israel to “hold their peace”? (see verse Exodus chapter 14:14)
- What did the Psalmist mean in verse 2 of Psalms 114 that “Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion?”
Notes from the Discussion
The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
“…the covenant of grace, which was made with Christ for them from eternity, is made known to them in time, when they are called by the grace of God, and made partakers of the grace of the covenant, then the Lord reveals himself as their covenant God and Father; shows them that his Son is their surety, Mediator, Redeemer, and Saviour; puts his Spirit into them to implant covenant grace in them, to seal up the blessings of it to them, and bear witness to their interest in them, as pardon, justification, and adoption; and to apply the exceeding great and precious promises of it to them.
Beloved students, you have entered the path. Press patiently on; God is good, and good is the reward of all who diligently seek God. Your growth will be rapid, if you love good supremely, and understand and obey the Way-shower, who, going before you, has scaled the steep ascent of Christian Science, stands upon the mount of holiness, the dwelling-place of our God, and bathes in the baptismal font of eternal Love.
As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest “beside the still waters,” ponder this lesson of love. Learn its purpose; and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of the spirit of my life-purpose,—to impress humanity with the genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian Science.
— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 203
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
…And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:7 from the King James Bible
I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
— Jeremiah 31:33 from the King James Bible
All good is. You cannot create one iota of good. It is already present. In reality all see it because in reality all are Christian Scientists. There are none to be made. It is no longer a case of “Know the Lord,” for they all do know Him “from the least of them unto the greatest of them.”
— from Christian Science, its “Clear, Correct Teaching” by Herbert Eustace, page 362
…and your joy no man taketh from you.
— John 16: 22 from the King James Bible
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
— 1 John 4: 18 from the King James Bible
Secret communion with God is enjoyed by those that fear him, which is what the world knows nothing of, and the joy that results from it is what a stranger intermeddles not with; the Lord has his chambers and secret places, into which he brings them, and where they dwell.
We must cease quibbling, cease to admit in our thinking the reality and power in themselves, of misery, pain, and evil in all its forms. We must think steadily and persistently the Truth which stands opposite to them. We do in this way overcome our discordant conditions of consciousness.
Now, everyone that persists in this course, several times a day, will have the following, viz.:
1st . Signs of lessening fear and aught that can happen to them.
7th. Signs of peace within which all the tempests of mortal belief cannot destroy — a ‘Holy of Holies’ with ever-burning lamp; a covenant with God, the All-good; the peace which passeth all understanding; a peace which is above and beyond happiness.
— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 282
They offer that which is very rich and costly. Those who are fully convinced of sin, and of their misery and danger by reason of it, would give all the world, if they had it, for peace and pardon. Yet they do not offer aright. The sacrifices had value from their reference to Christ; it was impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin. And all proposals of peace, except those according to the gospel, are absurd.
…The good which God requires of us is, not the paying a price for the pardon of sin and acceptance with God, but love to himself; and what is there unreasonable, or hard, in this? Every thought within us must be brought down, to be brought into obedience to God, if we would walk comfortably with him. We must do this as penitent sinners, in dependence on the Redeemer and his atonement. Blessed be the Lord that he is ever ready to give his grace to the humble, waiting penitent.
— by Matthew Henry Commentary, Micah 6
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
— Psalm 25:14 from New Living Translation
It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future
— Citation 12 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 84
A mother is the strongest educator, either for or against crime.
— Citation 12 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 236
I thank Thee, dear Father, that there is nothing between Thee and this little child.
— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79
Memorize Psalm 91 for it is a complete treatment. Click hear to listen while you read: — Psalm 91 Read by Bruce from the King James Bible
Article — The Covenant by Nathaniel Dickey
“Pray without Ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17) Once a story appeared in the Christian Science Monitor that illustrates this point. A group of ministers were discussing the text, “pray without ceasing.” The maid in the home overheard the talk and said to her employer, that to her, that text was one of the easiest and best in the Bible. The old minister said, “Well, well. What can you say about it, Mary? Can you pray all the time, when you have so many things to do?” “Yes,” said the girl, “when I begin to work, I pray that I may have strength equal to my day; when I kindle the fire, I pray that God’s work may revive my heart; as I begin to sweep out the house, I pray that my heart may be cleaned from all its impurities; when I am preparing and partaking of the breakfast, I desire to be fed with the sincere milk of the Word.” “Go on,” said the minister, “Pray without ceasing.”
— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts by Gilbert Carpenter
“…Walk humbly with thy God.” — Micah vi. 8.
Whatever you are doing are you walking humbly
walk humbly with God when your graces are spiritually strong,
when you have a great deal of work to do
walk humbly with God in all your motives
Walk humbly with God, also, in studying his Word,
walk humbly with God under great trials
walk humbly with God in thy devotions,
walk humbly when dealing with thy brethren in Christ and when in dealing with sinners…
Oh, brethren, the Lord help us to walk humbly with God! This will keep us right. True humility is thinking rightly of thyself, not meanly. When you have found out what you really are, you will be humble, for you are nothing to boast of. To be humble will make you safe. To be humble will make you happy. To be humble will make music in your heart when you go to bed. To be humble here will make you wake up in the likeness of your Master by-and-by.
— Charles Spurgeon Commentary