Despair

One of the greatest obstacles to spiritual progress, and one that is perhaps more subtle than most others, is the temptation to think we can never overcome ourselves, in other words, self-condemnation. When, after deciding to follow the example of the Nazarene, and for days, perhaps weeks, secretly rejoicing in our freedom from sickly and sinful thoughts, we are suddenly, as it were, besieged by a host of them, we are apt to become discouraged or mesmerized into the belief that it is useless to try to overcome them. In this mental attitude, it is difficult to accomplish anything. St. Augustine says, "Beware of despairing about yourselves." Mrs. Eddy says, "Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against them" (Science and Health, p. 390). Thousands can testify to the wisdom of these sayings, for by putting them into practice they have been able to overcome the suggestions of the carnal mind. They have learned through Science that this so-called mind is "a liar and the father of it," and "its witness is not true," therefore they refuse to accept its testimony.

Like other men, the Christian Scientist has his temptations, but, equipped as he is with courage and strength born of spiritual understanding, he no longer yields himself servant to obey, but goes to work with the aid of Divine Love to master the situation. True, his faith is often sorely tested, but he knows if he presses on to the top of the mount, like Abraham of old, it will be accounted unto him for righteousness. Like the children of Israel he has a desert to cross before he can enter into the Land of Promise. As he follows our Leader to-day in the direction which she has laid down in Science and Health, the Red Sea of doubt and fear is separated, enabling him to cross over into a country of hope, expectation, and fruitage. He is fed on the manna of spiritual comfort from day to day, and when in his thirst after righteousness he turns to his Bible, that which has hitherto been a barren rock is now smitten with the rod of Divine Science, and the waters of life gush forth plentifully.

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