Demonstration Individual

There is, perhaps, a time in the experience of each Christian Scientist when he is tempted to believe that the solution of a certain problem is dependent upon some outward condition or environment. He may very often attribute his failure to demonstrate the truth and to overcome that which may be unlike the anointed to the climate in which he lives, to the actions, thoughts, or words of others, or perhaps to the circumstances or surroundings in which he is placed. He may be tempted to believe that he cannot receive his healing—physical, mental, financial, moral, or otherwise—until some one stops doing something, or until some outward change takes place which may, to mortal sense, seem to be the stumblingblock.

So-called mortal mind is constantly worrying about what it calls conditions and their effects. Not having the intelligence of divine Mind, it is always fearful; and mortals are therefore kept in a state of anxiety, restlessness, and wonderment as to what the morrow may bring forth. They may be fearful of a coal strike or a coal shortage, believing that without this particular kind of fuel they will not be able to heat their homes or operate their industries. They look with anxiety on the prospects of a railroad strike and its effects upon industry. And so they seem to be reeds shaken by the wind, always hoping that prosperity and better times are "just around the corner," and may soon be within their reach.

Christian Science comes to humanity to break these fetters of human belief and fear through a right and practical understanding of the truth, which, Jesus said, "shall make you free." Paul wrote, in his epistle to the Romans, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

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Meekness and Might
June 2, 1923

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