Supply—the Gift of God

Supply and money are not necessarily synonymous terms. Real supply and its increase are not gained through the mere acquisition of money, wherewith can be purchased that which is considered necessary and desirable in the way of food, clothing, and shelter, together with the vast array of other things and experiences, including luxuries of various kinds, in which the human senses find satisfaction. Instead, true spiritual supply is substance; and the expanding spiritual understanding of true substance brings its increase on the human plane in the ratio that false concepts in regard to supply and substance, gathered from the material senses, are dispelled through the acquisition of the right understanding of real substance and the demonstration thereof. Then, as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 312): "That which material sense calls intangible, is found to be substance. What to material sense seems substance, becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream vanishes and reality appears."

Spiritual supply emanates from God, the one Mind, and is in reality God's gift to man. Spirit, God, gives neither material substance nor material things; nor does He give aught which can be purchased with any material concept such as money or other material medium of exchange. Peter said to Simon the sorcerer, "Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." The apostle declared that money and the gift of God had nothing to do with each other. This Simon of old, in the city of Samaria, like many in the world to-day, thought that it had, and that this gift would be a desirable thing to possess and easy to obtain. His wrong concept of the nature of substance and supply Peter rebuked.

In the gift of God, therefore, lies the true supply of mankind; and one receives of this supply as one turns his thought to God and knows that "every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." As in our human experiences our gifts are the expression of the thought of the one who bestows, so in our spiritual experiences our gifts express the nature and quality of Him who gives. In Christian Science there is one Giver, even God.

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