"To him that overcometh"

To the sincere Christian Scientist who is earnestly striving to overcome every phase of error, whose desire is to understand God and man's relationship to Him, there come many encouraging promises from the Bible, but none more inspiring than these words of John in Revelation: "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." This wonderful promise—the attainment of heaven itself—means much; but success in this direction depends wholly upon the overcoming of every phase of error presented by so-called mortal mind.

One has many and varied experiences in this journey from sense to Soul, and quite often, if one listened to erring human belief, he would yield to discouragement; but one of the most important lessons to be learned is the need of overcoming this doubt of God's omnipotence by pressing on and upward with a heart full of gratitude for blessings already received, and with a song of praise and rejoicing on one's lips. To the student who is spiritually discerning, trials are indeed, as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 66), "proofs of God's care;" for each test of his sincerity and faith only serves to make him stronger. It is material sense alone which paints the narrow way as ugly and unattractive. To spiritual sense this way is beautiful beyond words to describe.

November 21, 1925

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