THE desire for material supply occupies so large a place in human thought that fear of its lack frequently finds expression. In place of the effort to acquire more of matter, Christian Science teaches men how to overcome every sense of lack and limitation by gaining a knowledge of spiritual Truth, in accordance with what Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." This is not merely a question of method; it is dependent upon conviction and absolute certainty. The beginner may say, If I can prove the presence of supply through demonstration, I shall do thus, or so. That little doubtful "if"! To know that needs will be supplied as the result of demonstration is a good beginning; to recognize that supply is bestowed by a loving Father, and comes wholly from God, is a step in advance; but to know that spiritual substance is ever at hand, infinite and available now, is what meets our needs, and is the understanding we must gain.

How may we attain this clear vision of the truth? By a process of watchful thinking, faithfully eliminating that which is not true to divine Principle. In the second commandment we read, "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God,"—that is, a watchful God, watchful of the good; and His image and likeness, man, must be like Him. Man, being the reflection of God, must reflect; and he who reflects must receive from the infinite source. "Freely ye have received, freely give," is the command of divine wisdom.

Prayer and Thanksgiving
September 1, 1923

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