BEFORE THE TEST
Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour.
Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.
Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love.
The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.
S&H 194:3 I cannot
I cannot fail to discern the coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine Mind.
Through spiritual sense you can discern the heart of divinity, and thus begin to comprehend in Science the generic term ^man^.
Mis 248:7 I will
I will triumph in the works of Thy hands."
Ret 15:8 I will
I will go in the strength of the Lord God: I will make mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only. O God, Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared Thy wondrous works." (Psalms lxxi. 16, 17.)
How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense! To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.
DURING THE TEST
Hymn 324:1 3rd Take my,3 (to 1st .)
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my every thought, to use
In the way that Thou shalt choose.
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
Pul 10:28 (to !)
Speak out, O soul!
For God to know, is to be; that is, what He knows must truly and eternally exist.
He is Mind; and whatever He knows is made manifest, and must be Truth.
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
S&H 93:7-8 (to ;)
"Behold, now is the accepted time;
I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;
I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.
AFTER THE TEST
Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God's government.
Mis 95:19-21 I clearly
I clearly understand that no human agencies were employed,--that the divine Mind reveals itself to humanity through spiritual law.
S&H 304:9-11 (to ;)
This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object;
No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error. As for spiritual error there is none.
"Nothing is hid that shall not be revealed."
The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged.
This work well done will elevate and purify the race. It cannot fail to do this if we devote our best energies to the work.
If God is the Principle of man (and He is), man is the idea of God; and this idea cannot fail to express the exact nature of its Principle,--any more than goodness, to present the quality of good. Human hypotheses are always human vagaries, formulated views antagonistic to the divine order and the nature of Deity. All these mortal beliefs will be purged and dissolved in the crucible of Truth, and the places once knowing them will know them no more forever, having been swept clean by the winds of history. The grand verities of Science will sift the chaff from the wheat, until it is clear to human comprehension that man was, and is, God's perfect likeness, that reflects all whereby we can know God.