As a Man "thinketh in his heart, so is he"

An understanding of the allness of God, a faith in His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, a willingness to listen to the "still small voice," is the basic ground for all right thinking; and good thoughts and constant desire to do right are fundamentals of good character building. As a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he," is a Bible saying that is as true to-day as when the proverb was written. So, one is as he thinks. If one's thoughts are from God, they are pure, honest, kind, unselfish, loving, and charitable, for all good is of God; and one who reflects such thoughts will be happy, cheerful, loving, and kind. His attention is turned to God, infinite good, and he is continually seeking, finding, and seeing good. And good thoughts are an impenetrable fortress against evil thoughts. As long as thought is centered upon good, evil suggestion cannot enter in. One with good thoughts is surrounded with divine protection, against which the tide of evil and the storm waves of sin break in vain.

So it is, also, that one is protected from sin and disease by steadfastly holding to the good and the true, the eternal verities. This, moreover, brings thoughts of progress; constructive thoughts for the good of all mankind; thoughts that establish and bring out the good; thoughts that separate the tares from the wheat; thoughts through which one dwells "in the secret place of the most High." Such spiritual intuition gives an understanding of the real and eternal, and enables one to differentiate between truth and error, and to dwell "under the shadow of the Almighty."

A desire to do good and a sublime faith in God's wisdom and power gave Joseph the spiritual intuition through which he saw, and was able to foretell, God's provision in the years of famine. It gave him also the intelligence and wisdom which bespoke the necessity for supervision, and led to his being made a ruler over the provinces of Pharaoh. Joseph's reflection of divine intelligence and goodness subdued the pride of place and power and prevented resentment and hatred on his part, so that he could truly feel and say to his brethren, "Be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."

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The Oneness of Good
November 24, 1928

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