Standing Fast

Every student of Christian Science realizes the necessity of proving what he understands of this subject. In this light, exceptionally testing times should be used by him as outstanding opportunities for spiritual victory, "when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Yet students sometimes entertain the subtle and disheartening suggestion that they may fail in maintaining their stand for the right unto the point of victory. When besieged by this would-be deterring argument, the Christian Scientist must, in loyalty to God and to his own true manhood, reject them. Clearly and joyously he should and can acknowledge, and prove by demonstration, that it is the inspiration of infinite Mind which establishes him in his stand for spiritual healing, for spiritual law, for complete regeneration and liberation. This acknowledgment puts to silence every opposing doubt of his divinely maintained and rewarded stand for Truth against the besetting errors of sin, disease, sorrow, poverty, or other discord. Spiritual strength, the only strength, is reflected in man, and in it there is no element of variableness. Truth's witness triumphs in temptation.

The Christian Scientist glories in the fact that God is his sole and all-sufficient source of inspiration, guidance, and dominion, in both the initial and the final stages of every demonstration of Mind's beneficent power. The same divine influence is felt throughout what to human sense seem to be the footsteps of earnest desire, perseverance, and fulfillment. More and more, however, is the action of Christ, Truth, in human consciousness made manifest in spontaneous and often instantaneous healing, and this healing should be the expectation of every student.

In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 295) Mrs. Eddy writes, "The Bible is our seabeaten rock;" and she adds, "It stands the storm." Then he who stands by the inspired Word of Scripture is thereby equipped to withstand and surmount the storms of erroneous suggestion. All of them are destined to cease when persistently faced with the power of Truth—even as the winds and storm on the lake ceased before the rebuke of Christ Jesus—"and there was a great calm." This spiritual calm reaches and blesses the uplifted human consciousness through the revelation of Christian Science.

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