STUDENTS of Christian Science are sometimes surprised and perplexed because they find they must continue to win their promised land, instead of sauntering into it through paths of flowers, after perhaps one initial struggle. Like the Israelites of old, they must overcome the Hivites and Jebusites and all the other inhabitants of the land of Canaan — the unredeemed human consciousness.

In the twenty-third chapter of Exodus we read that God promised His chosen people that He would send before them His angel, and that this angel would bring them unto their enemies in order that these enemies should be destroyed. We, too, find that our very advance in spiritual understanding leads us into encounters with our adversary, our belief in evil as real; and it is comforting to remember that the mighty angel, Christian Science, goes before us to destroy our foes. The Scripture reads, "And I will cut them off." Not through our human efforts, but through Truth, active in our consciousness, is the enemy overcome.

"Stick to the truth of being"
August 29, 1931

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