The mind is garrisoned by the grace of God only so...

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The mind is garrisoned by the grace of God only so long as prayer is its habitual atmosphere. Some of you know full well that this is true. And even those who do not know it for true by experience are conscious often of a sort of inward rebellion against the dominance of petty thoughts and cares and anxieties. The complex character of modern life tends to much tyranny of circumstance, and it is the revulsion from it that has given so much vogue to the teaching of what is called Christian Science. All the elements of truth in that teaching have been all along in the New Testament; and if we had not forgotten or neglected them, Christian Science would have had nothing to attach itself to in the way of appeal. In effect, its counsel is: Do not overthink yourself either as to your person or as to your circumstances. Fill the mind with higher and more ennobling thoughts and you will cease to be the prey of these petty and belittling worries. St. Paul has been exhorting us in the same way for a long time; and before him one greater than Paul said, "Take no thought, . . . for your heavenly Father knoweth." Could any words be found or devised more perfectly calculated to meet the need of the unrestful, ambitious, dissatisfied state of so large a part of society than these: "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."

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