"Go in and possess the land"

When Christian Science is first presented to us, it usually finds us wandering in the wilderness of human beliefs, and we begin right at that point to work out our own salvation. We learn that in the promised land of Spirit there are no devils, no evils, no obstacles to perfect harmony, and we begin to work our way toward the promised land by overcoming the various phases of material resistance to spiritual progress which present themselves.

In Job we read: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." Have you ever analyzed your thought, just to see how much Satan, how much resistance to the Christ, there is "walking up and down" in it? This question may startle you at first, perhaps, because you are sure there is no resistance to the Christ in your thinking, yet, in belief, there may be quirks of disposition—results of early training—hidden religious convictions, such as fear of penalty, a personal sense of God, and so on, which would operate in your thinking as resistance to the spiritual idea of Life.

Christian Science War Relief
April 24, 1943

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