February 14th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Subject — Soul

Golden Text: I Chronicles 22: 19

“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God.”

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Responsive Reading: RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 121 : 1-3, 5-8

1.     I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2.     My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3.     He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

5.     The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6.     The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7.     The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8.     The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Lesson Sermon

The Bible

1.     Psalm 25 : 1, 4, 5

1     Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

4     Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

5     Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

2.     Deuteronomy 4 : 29 (if), 31, 35, 36 (to :)

29     … if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

31     (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

35     Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

36     Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:

3.     II Chronicles 14 : 1 (Abijah)-4, 9-13 (to 2nd ;)

1     … Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

2     And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

3     For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:

4     And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

9     And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.

10     Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

11     And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

12     So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

13     And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host;

4.     II Chronicles 15 : 1-6 (to :), 10 (to Jerusalem), 12-15, 19

1     And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

2     And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

3     Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

4     But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

5     And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.

6     And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city:

10     So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem ….

12     And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

13     That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

14     And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

15     And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

19     And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

5.     Amos 5 : 4, 8 (to 2nd ,), 9, 10, 14, 15

4     For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

8     Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning,

9          That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

10     They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

14     Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

15     Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

6.     Psalm 25 : 8-10, 12, 13

8     Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9     The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

10     All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

12     What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

13     His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

1.     307 : 25 (The)-26

The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things.

2.     60 : 29-31

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.

3.     9 : 17-24

Dost thou "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affec- tion, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place.

4.     268 : 1-11

In the material world, thought has brought to light with great rapidity many useful wonders. With like activity have thought's swift pinions been rising towards the realm of the real, to the spiritual cause of those lower things which give impulse to inquiry. Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect. Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.

5.     269 : 9-20

Human philosophy has made God manlike. Christian Science makes man Godlike. The first is error; the latter is truth. Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.

These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal.

6.     215 : 7-14

Soul and matter are at variance from the very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric altitudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.

7.     7 : 17-26

Physical sensation, not Soul, produces material ecstasy and emotion. If spiritual sense always guided men, there would grow out of ecstatic moments a higher experience and a better life with more devout self-abnegation and purity. A self-satisfied ventilation of fervent sentiments never makes a Christian. God is not influenced by man. The "divine ear" is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied.

8.     167 : 1-19

Should we implore a corporeal God to heal the sick out of His personal volition, or should we understand the infinite divine Principle which heals? If we rise no higher than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained, and Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence, is not comprehended. We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it. Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, — our health, our longevity, and our Christianity.

We cannot serve two masters nor perceive divine Science with the material senses. Drugs and hygiene cannot successfully usurp the place and power of the divine source of all health and perfection. If God made man both good and evil, man must remain thus. What can improve God's work? Again, an error in the premise must appear in the conclusion. To have one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God supremely.

9.     327 : 17-21

To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.

10.     199 : 21-24

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith.

11.     323 : 9-32

Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, — wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.

In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated. If "faithful over a few things," we shall be made rulers over many; but the one unused talent decays and is lost. When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin. The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.

The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher.

12.     390 : 9-11

Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

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