Sunday, October 14th, 2018 Roundtable

Obedience to Truth Gives Man Power and Strength

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?

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Morning Prayers

Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171

We, to-day, in this class-room, are enough to convert the world if we are of one Mind; for then the whole world will feel the influence of this Mind; as when the earth was without form, and Mind spake and form appeared.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 279: 27-2

Discussion points

496 — WATCH that you realize that you are a terror to error, that your consciousness of God is so effective and powerful, and you are the custodian of such vast power, that the moment you apply it, it does things, it dissipates error and leaves the infinite good filling all space. The time must come when we recognize ourselves as aggressors, rather than merely defenders of the faith. There is a temptation to feel that there exists a great lie claiming to be power, and that we must forever protect ourselves against it. Like the knights of old we must ride forth with shield and sword to defend ourselves against error, so that we may destroy it. Yet this conception does not fit Mrs. Eddy’s statement that she used to do her work with the realization that God is All. The answer is that this phase of our experience is a necessary but passing one. We must recognize ourselves as terrors to error, until we can rise to the realization that there is no error, since God is All.

Some students fail because they regard animal magnetism as a lion, and themselves as but a rabbit. We are the lion equipped with God’s power. The lie retreats when we face it with divine courage.

Mrs. Eddy once said, “Animal magnetism is powerless — but you must declare against it as though it had all power.”

— Watching Point 496 from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” — Revelation 22: 14

Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection , and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.

— Citation 13 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 183:21

Definition of “strength” in the 1828 Webster Dictionary: power, vigor, force, firmness, power of mind, expression, confidence, command to assert, support, distinguished from softness, etc.

Forum post — Obedience to Truth by Lynda from PA

Forum post — A Jealous God by Elizabeth from GA

When thou art in tribulation, and all these things come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, nether destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

— Deuteronomy 4:30 from citation 21 in the Bible portion of this week’s lesson

Forum post — Sec 8. 149: 3-6 by Pilar from NY

The Word Made Flesh by Martha Wilcox

…silent prayer , watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus’ example.

— Citation 10 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 4: 28

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him.

— Citation 14 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 390: 18

“Agree With Thine Adversary Quickly”

Final Readings

I am not subject to the laws of mortal belief in sickness,sin, and death, and the belief lasts only while I believe in the power of matter. Fear of sickness has not affected me. The many and manifold lies of mental malpractice have not affected me; for I deny that heredity in the above beliefs has caused disease to be imaged in me,for the reason that God, Good, immortal Spirit, divine Mind, is the only Power. I deny that I am sick or suffering, or that I am denied any manifestations of Good. I affirm that I am well, strong, happy and successful, Mind’s idea, a prince of the King of the Universe and an heir of God, perfect and strong in every way; brave and happy. God is All, my health, my mind, courage, intelligence, understanding, my everything. All there is in me or of me is perfect and harmonious, and I was always so. God is my Life, God is Love, and I fear no one. “Perfect love casteth out fear.” All we need to do, to remain in perfect health and harmony, is to learn to pray aright and never forget our rightful heritage as the Prince of the King of the Universe.

— from “Quenching the Fiery Darts of the Wicked” in Teaching and Addresses, by Edward Kimball

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