Who Did Hinder You?

It is second nature to attribute our backwardness in spiritual growth or our failure to grow, to the frowardness of persons or circumstances. The Scriptures ask. "Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" and "Mortal Mind," the advocate of Self, replies, urging that such a one hindered him by slighting his efforts and refusing to give him credit for what he had done, or that circumstances frustrated his good intentions, and thus caused him to fail.

Let us resolve never to whine, but to answer manfully and meekly the questioning voice of Spirit, with the honest confession that our sinful self-love, and that only, hath hindered us. Is God's child, the reflection of Omnipotence and Omniscience, so circumscribed, that any outward person or thing can hinder him from unfolding the divine nature with which he is endowed? Is there any other success than this unfolding? Is there any other failure than to remain tightly rolled up in self?

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