Girded with Omnipotence

Christian Science equips its students to prove the undisputed omnipresence of Almighty God, the one Life, the one substance. The conviction of divine Mind's omnipotence abides with spiritual sense and puts to silence the pretensions of corporeal sense, to which it would appear that Mind's perfect spiritual creation has been metamorphosed, or veiled, by one that is material, finite, and temporal. God's spiritual universe is subject to no metamorphosis, and omnipotence reigns therein. Yet, because of the self-deception of the physical senses, the Christian Scientist must constantly rise to a higher sense of omnipotence, understand it better, and demonstrate it more promptly and more fully.

On page 14 of "The People's Idea of God" Mrs. Eddy writes: "O Christian Scientist, thou of the church of the new-born; awake to a higher and holier love for God and man; put on the whole armor of Truth; rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation,—that ye may go to the bed of anguish, and look upon this dream of life in matter, girt with a higher sense of omnipotence." So the Christian Scientist girds his consciousness with the "shield of faith," the "breastplate of righteousness," the "helmet of salvation," and his feet are "shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." From this "shield of faith" the suggestions of doubt glance off and fall to the ground, and the true thinker does not mentally stoop to pick them up. This "breastplate of righteousness" stands between him and the temptation to lower his moral standard, and compels him to reflect the purity of the divine nature. The "helmet of salvation" crowns his thinking and excludes the arguments of failure in demonstration. Salvation is the law of omnipotence enthroned in true consciousness. Before setting forth on each day's work, the Christian Scientist feeds his consciousness with some message from the "gospel of peace" in order that he may carry peace and good will wherever he goes. To this end he must guard the door of his thinking and at all points obey Paul's injunction, "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts."

Thus girt with spiritual faith, righteousness, peace, and salvation, the Christian Scientist constantly tests his thinking to see whether or not he is truly understanding God's omnipotence and expecting to see it manifested in his daily life and in his practice. He is equipped to face the aggressive arguments of material sense and silence them with the irrefutable facts that man's life is ideal, not unideal; spiritual, not material; and that man is dwelling safely in Mind, and not unsafely in matter.

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From the Directors
February 13, 1932

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