"Begin to possess"

"Begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit." Thus spake the God of Israel to His people and their great leader in the olden time; and it is still true that if we would possess our inheritance as children of the Most High, we must begin to assert our God-given dominion, casting out the enemy in all the various and subtle forms with which it strives for a foothold in our consciousness through our consciousness through our particualr environment. This calls for alertness.

Though gently forbearing with his disciples, the Master seemed to express a rebuke when he said, upon their failure to heal, "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting," for it showed that those who would try to do his works must abstain from worldly thoughts, desires, and ambitions, and give themselves to constant communion with the Father. In this silent communication, inharmony's jarring notes are hushed, care slips away, the burden falls, the dark is light, the crooked straight, and over the pain-racked body are spread the healing wings. Thus we sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, with John and Peter and Paul, and all the good of all times, for Paul tells us of "the whole family in heaven and earth." Here we can be sure that all are in one accord.

God knoweth them that are His, and nothing can keep the honest seeker for the light from this spiritual assembly gathered together in the church "not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." In such presence, how can the healing of any discordant condition fail? Why should we not expect here the healing for every ill? We know that it was not the Master's human personality which healed while he was here on earth; it was the Christ-idea, which remains forever accessible. Indeed, we can now expect divine aid with surer hope, because he said of the believer, "Greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Thus by communion with God we come to the promised land.

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June 12, 1915

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