July 19th, 2015 Full Text |

SUNDAY JULY 19, 2015


SUBJECT — LIFE


GOLDEN TEXT: PSALM 27 : 1


“The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”



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RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 27 : 3-5, 11, 13, 14

3.     Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4.     One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

5.     For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

11.     Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

13.     I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14.     Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Psalm 68 : 35 (the)

35     …the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.


2.     II Samuel 22 : 14, 17-21, 29-36

14     The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

17     He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

18     He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

19     They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

20     He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

21     The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

29     For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.

30     For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.

31     As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

32     For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

33     God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

34     He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

35     He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

36     Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.


3.     Exodus 19 : 3, 4

3     And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

4     Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.


4.     Deuteronomy 29 : 5, 9

5     And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

9     Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.


5.     Deuteronomy 30 : 5, 6, 11, 14-16

5     And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6     And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

11     For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

14     But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15     See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16     In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.


6.     Deuteronomy 34 : 7, 10

7     And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

10     And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.


7.     Isaiah 40 : 28-31

28     Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29     He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30     Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31     But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


7.     II Corinthians 10 : 1 (to 1st ,)

1     Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,


8.     II Corinthians 12 : 6-10

6     For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

7     And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

8     For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9     And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10     Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.


9.     II Corinthians 13 : 3-5 (to 3rd ,), 7-9

3     Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

4     For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

5     Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you…?

7     Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

8     For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9     For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.


10.     Galatians 2 : 19, 20

19     For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

20     I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


11.     II Timothy 4 : 17 (the Lord) (to ;), 18

17     … the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;

18     And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Science and Health


1.     394 : 28-29

We should remember that Life is God, and that God is omnipotent.


2.     516 : 9-12

God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.


3.     283 : 1-15, 21-31

As mortals begin to understand Spirit, they give up the belief that there is any true existence apart from God.

Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom "yesterday, and to-day, and forever." Matter and its effects — sin, sickness, and death — are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions. Principle is absolute. It admits of no error, but rests upon understanding.

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. The divine Principle, or Life, cannot be practically demonstrated in length of days, as it was by the patriarchs, unless its Science be accurately stated. We must receive the divine Principle in the understanding, and live it in daily life; and unless we so do, we can no more demonstrate Science, than we can teach and illustrate geometry by calling a curve a straight line or a straight line a sphere.


4.     107 : 15-19

Feeling so perpetually the false consciousness that life inheres in the body, yet remembering that in reality God is our Life, we may well tremble in the prospect of those days in which we must say, "I have no pleasure in them."


5.     173 : 17-20

Anatomy declares man to be structural. Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law.


6.     194 : 1 (the)-2 (to matter)

…the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its strength with matter…


7.     387 : 3-12, 23 (one)-26

Because mortal mind is kept active, must it pay the penalty in a softened brain? Who dares to say that actual Mind can be overworked? When we reach our limits of mental endurance, we conclude that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far; but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

…one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it. It is a law of so-called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all things discordant.


8.     385 : 1-21

It is proverbial that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane labors have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right, though it can never annul the law which makes sin its own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but those due for wrong-doing.

Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself. If you sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your remedy is at hand. Mind decides whether or not the flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed.


9.     218 : 3-8, 27-5

You do not say a wheel is fatigued; and yet the body is as material as the wheel. If it were not for what the human mind says of the body, the body, like the inanimate wheel, would never be weary. The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.

The Scriptures say, "They that wait upon the Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in their results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.


10.     219 : 11-15

Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.

When this is understood, we shall never affirm concerning the body what we do not wish to have manifested.


11.     246 : 17-28 (to 1st .)

Never record ages. Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of meas- uring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof.


12.     249 : 6-8

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.


13.     191 : 8-15

As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," — even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.


Love is the liberator.