God governs our lives

Beautiful train tracksThis day and age it may seem easy who wonder who’s in control, and to ask if God governs our lives. It might feel like we’re governed by our bosses, teachers and professors, weather, governments, and so forth.

But who is it that really governs — those things or God?

To the five physical senses there is no doubt that God is not really around. But the five physical senses also tell you that parallel train tracks will eventually collide and the world is flat.

However there is another way to rationally and logically reason things out — spiritually. To do so, one has to reason from the basis that Spirit, God, alone is infinite, all-powerful, eternally good, and fills all-space. Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures shows that in order to know God correctly, we must know God spiritually.

Understanding God from a spiritual basis enables us grasp the concept that God alone governs our lives and does so harmoniously. What is more, this also leads to improved well-being, health, and peace.

I have found this true in countless situations. I recently saw proof of this fact when driving up a narrow side street in Boston when SUV suddenly pulled out from another side street very fast, right in front of me. From what it looked like, the SUV probably should have hit me, or vice versa. But both of us were kept safe.

Prior to this moment I was cherishing the idea that God alone governs my life — that I’m kept safe in God’s care and could never be put in danger. Moments later, when the SUV pulled out in front of me, I mentally said, “No!” to the imposing fear that a collision could happen. I was able to quickly break and maneuver away from the SUV, while also being kept from hitting parked cars on the side of the street.

I felt so blessed by this experience. I consider it an inspiring proof that God, divine Love, is always with us, keeping us safe no matter what circumstances we face.

Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
—Jeremiah 42:11

Only by understanding that there is but one power, — not two powers, matter and Mind, — are scientific and logical conclusions reached. Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man and matter, governs the universe; and it is generally admitted that this intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.270

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Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
—Revelation 12:10

Investing spiritually — in your spiritual identity

Invest spiritually in who you really are — your whole,  good, and wonderfully God-made identity. God, Spirit, saw this perfection when He created all of us and all of the infinite (see Genesis, chapter 1) and declared it “very good.” When He finished creating, His creation was and is complete. God the Creator of all made a perfect creation and it’s eternally good, and that includes you—now and forever.

Genesis 1 chronicles the only creation — the complete, whole, and perfect creation. It is the true history about our origin because we are all spiritually and beautifully created by Spirit itself—the one, infinite God, good.

What am I getting at? Read Genesis 1 and see if there’s any mention of God creating sin, directly or indirectly. Spoiler alert: you won’t find any.

What does this mean? Don’t buy into sin, or  rather the opinion and belief that you were made a sinner, that you come from sin, or that you’re capable of sin. If God isn’t capable of sin, you aren’t either.

Jesus proved to us that we have complete dominion over the flesh. He showed us not only that he redeemed us from sin and the flesh, but our true being is wholly spiritual. He  showed us — proved to us — this truth through his resurrection, his raising the dead, his healing of both the sick and those who were called sinners.

Rather than buying into sin, invest, spiritually, by understanding yourself as Spirit’s image and likeness.  Invest in this eternal goodness that is who you are. Acknowledge and subscribe to this goodness — honor, declare, protect it. Don’t boast about anything, especially sin, mistakes, or error. But love the good that is in you — that good comes from God. When you love the good, you’re loving God, and you’re loving yourself. This is the very opposite of narcism. You’re acknowledging the perfection of God, thereby acknowledging the goodness that makes you who you are.

Invest all of your time, thought, and energy in loving this God-derived goodness. You will see dividends and returns like nothing you could ever imagine — joys, freedom, health, bliss — all of which are unbreakable and holy.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
—Galatians 5:16, 22-25

The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.302

Christ Jesus and his works

IMG_1479.JPGAnd John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

—Luke 7:19, 21, 22

Jesus’ works established his claim to the Messiahship. In reply to John’s inquiry, “Art thou he that should come,” Jesus returned an affirmative reply, recounting his works instead of referring to his doctrine, confident that this exhibition of the divine power to heal would fully answer the question.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Reach for mastery through Christ

Imagine you’re in her shoes — in pain, bleeding, and desperate for healing. So certain that a single touch of the Christ will heal her. So she does — she reaches out touches the hem of Christ’s robe and instantly feels whole, complete, and her health is back to normal. But there’s a surprise. Jesus senses this yearning desire, even her thought, that reached out for help. Not only that, but he knows that “virtue went out of him.” He knows the healing power of God was enacted and experienced — all within seconds. What is more, Jesus doesn’t rebuke her, but says, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Powerful.

So how does this relate to you, 2,000+ years later? Your desire to reach out and touch Christ is not in vain, nor is it impossible. The Christ is more than just a personal ability, it’s the reflection of God, or man created and seen as God’s image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26-27) — a present fact that is true about all of us. This Christ heals — it is God’s healing power present with us, eternally.

The Christ isn’t far away. It’s not locked into one person who walked the earth two millenniums ago. The Christ — God’s healing power — is present, here and now, and Christian Science defines it as practical, ever-present, and unchanging divine law.

Through this divinely bestowed power you can overcome and master things that hold you back, make you feel guilty, angry, sad, or unfulfilled. This good or plausible healing isn’t far away, nor is it only miraculous or “pie in the sky” thinking. Rather God’s power — even the Kingdom of God — is within you as Jesus said (see Luke 17:21).

He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.568:11

behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
—Matthew 9:20-22

God’s thoughts and peace of mind

If all you ever watched was the news or advertisements, you might think you’re either helpless and defenseless, or lacking what can make you happy and content. Innately, you might feel this is not true. To illustrate this innate sense, have you ever felt, at least once, a time when had a complete peace of mind and it had nothing to do with people around you, what you were wearing, or what material items you owned?

What is that feeling? I call it spiritual equilibrium. It’s where you’re most in-tune with your true, God-given identity, and you feel the fulfillment and peace that comes with knowing it. You might may not have had any idea that this was a God derived feeling, but regardless, you were gravitating Godward in that moment. However the equilibrium isn’t because you’re at peace between the world and God, but rather your balance is found being 100% in tune with what God knows.

The Bible defines God’s voice as the “still, small voice.” It’s calm, gentle,  and good. It gives you a complete sense that all is well. However, this feeling is entirely spiritual. There is nothing you could look at, touch, taste, or smell that could fully prove this to you. Why? Because what is giving you this proof and sense of peace is spiritual sense — not material sense (or the 5 physical senses).

If you’re seeking  more of this feeling take time to pray — for yourself and for the world. Prayer is often considered a “petitioning” or asking God for something. Another route you might try is listening — quietly listening for ideas of peace, good, beauty, and holiness. This is often called meditating. But rather than trying to hear “nothing” as some religions teach, try listening for the spiritual something, — or the only-ness of Spirit, God, who fills all space — and let Spirit’s totality fill your thought with its goodness and intelligence.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
—Jeremiah 29:11

Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding,and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.107

The next time someone asks about your Christianity, tell them what good works you accomplish, before you tell them your doctrine — like Jesus, our Master, did.

And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
—Luke 7: 19, 21, 22

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