Dwelling in Truth

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." How often this verse of the ninety-first psalm is quoted; and yet, how often we fail to realize its promise, simply because we do not fulfill the condition required! To dwell in the "secret place of the most High" surely does not mean to admit spasmodically the truth about the reality of being. It means to live constantly in the understanding of which Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468): "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." To dwell in a place is to live there; and if we dwell in Truth, we cannot be influenced by the argument of evil, that there is life in matter. If we affirm the truth part of each day, and then allow our thinking to be slipshod during the remainder, how can we expect to "abide under the shadow of the Almighty"? It is by dwelling in the truth that we are able to discern between good and the belief of evil, and to recognize evil, error, for what it is; and as our Leader so wisely tells us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 210), "Christian Science never healed a patient without proving with mathematical certainty that error, when found out, is two-thirds destroyed, and the remaining third kills itself."

When error is seen to be error it has lost its attraction, for it is only as it appears to be or do good that it can control us. Just as adjustment is usually required after a stay away from our material homes, so is it especially necessary after leaving our mental homes. Work has to be done to retrace our steps, to set our thoughts in order; whereas, if we had dwelt there, harmony would have remained uninterrupted. In learning to rely on the promise in the first verse of the ninety-first psalm, let us watch that we are living up to the requirement which must be fulfilled before we can gain the blessing. If we have not heretofore been as alert as this demands, we can change our course now, and guard our thoughts more closely in the future.

True Taxation
October 13, 1923

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