11/14/99 Donít Forget Your Blessing!

Notes and References for Sunday, Nov 14, 1999 Donít Stop Until You Have Your Blessing!

Last week we talked about a sentence out of a 1969 Sentinel titled Supply and Transparency, "Supply is not money coming to us but ideas appearing through usÖ". This is a great lead-in to "healing by reversal". Instead of trying to find money and have it come to you, reverse the concept to know that God supplies all and you reflect it. The same is true of other concepts as well. Instead of getting a house you should express the qualities of home. Instead of getting a friend you should express the qualities of true friendship. Instead of getting health into a sick body you should express harmony (the spiritual definition of health-Rud 11:8), etc. As you express these qualities in thought and share them freely then you attract to you the experience consistent with your thinking.

Thus, it is the mental nature of disease that we are dealing with this week. Letís consider Jacob. Quite a trickster stealing his brothers blessing. Afraid that his brother was coming to kill him he struggled with the "angel of the Lord":

Gen 32:24-30 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Jacob would not settle for his thigh being put back into joint. He wanted something more. A real blessing-not like the one he stole. He sought and found his higher nature and his name was changed to Israel. This may explain the following from Isaiah:

Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Doesnít this story imply the need to look deeper than the outward surface of things to find out what really needs to be healed. To obtain your blessing and not just try to get something? (Health, romance, money, etc) Look what Mary Baker Eddy said about the subject:

S&H 559:1-8 This angel had in his hand "a little book," open for all to read and understand. Did this same book contain the revelation of divine Science, the "right foot" or dominant power of which was upon the sea,--upon elementary, latent error, the source of all error's visible forms? The angel's left foot was upon the earth; that is, a secondary power was exercised upon visible error and audible sin.

I have called thee by thy name and changing the name of Jacob to Israel has all kinds of symbolism. Again letís go to the textbook:

S&H 412:10-27 You may call the disease by name when you mentally deny it; but by naming it audibly, you are liable under some circumstances to impress it upon the thought. The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material senses. To heal by argument, find the type of the ailment, get its name, and array your mental plea against the physical. Argue at first mentally, not audibly, that the patient has no disease, and conform the argument so as to destroy the evidence of disease. Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.

Once something is healed in Christian Science then it will never be experienced again. That doesnít mean that you might not have the same sickness. It means you will not and cannot suffer from a belief you have outgrown. Once you understand that 2+2=4 you canít relapse into the old belief that it equals something else. An example of no relapse is found in the Bible story of the man with the withered hand. Can you imagine that healed hand reversing back to being withered? Your body is only so big but there is an infinite number of mental errors since, according to MBE, all things real have their counterfeit in matter.

The mental nature of disease is comes from either maliciousness or ignorance. That is what needs to be examined in your thinking. When you have a problem it doesnít necessarily mean that you have done something wrong. I may mean that you have not been alert enough to filter out some outside erroneous influence. We need to always examine our thinking. And, it isnít just Mrs. Eddy and Christian Science that says so. Look at what Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthians:

II Cor 10:4,5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Imaginations and thought! Governing your thinking is Bible based. Remember the quality of your thought determines your experience. And also remember the theme of our class: "We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives."

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