Strength

Daniel expressed spiritual strength when, outwardly passive before the lions, he faced them unafraid and unhurt because in his thoughts he was beholding God, the creator and preserver of all. Through this same spiritual strength the Christian Scientist learns to face material beliefs of disease, poverty, and so forth, unafraid and untouched, because he too is beholding the true God, revealed to him in Christian Science. Christ Jesus showed strength when his firm rebuke calmed the storm against which the disciples had battled in vain through nautical skill and so-called physical strength. Mrs. Eddy showed spiritual strength when she gave to the world the revelation of Christian Science and perseveringly established the organization whereby the power of Truth has now been made universally available.

"The way of the Lord is strength to the upright." We are strong in proportion as we obey the rules of Christian Science, one of which is, "Be not afraid." Spiritual strength does not wane; it is incapable of limitation or variation, because its source is divine Love. Mrs. Eddy writes (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 113): "Divine Love is our hope, strength, and shield. We have nothing to fear when Love is at the helm of thought, but everything to enjoy on earth and in heaven." From divine Love we draw the strength to be healthy rather than sick, to succeed rather than fail, to love rather than hate, to trust rather than doubt, to rejoice rather than repine. Spiritual strength enables us to form and carry out resolves in accord with divine Principle. It empowers us to take a successful stand for the facts of being and against carnal beliefs. Love is at the helm of our thought when our unique aim and effort is to see through the myth of materialism and demonstrate true manhood.

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