Simply and unequivocally the Psalmist states that power belongs to God, and this truth is reiterated throughout the Bible. "The Lord God omnipotent reigneth" (Rev. 19:6) was the message which John heard, and Jesus concluded the prayer which is our model with the statement that the power is God's forever.

Omnipotence is accepted by a large portion of the Christian world as a definition of Deity, but evidence that the actual realization of this is truly established in the consciousness of men is not very great. In practice men seem to delegate power to almost everything but Spirit. They give power to their little material selves and claim that they and their fellows can perform mighty works, while they forget that Jesus, the master demonstrator of divine power, declared (John 5:30), "I can of mine own self do nothing," and attributed all power to God. Men have, as a race, built up myriad beliefs and superstitions, invented elaborate cycles—climatic, economic, governmental; and they bow down to the power which they themselves have bestowed upon these cycles. They give power to calories and vitamins, to drugs, to germs and to virus, to the calendar and to the almanac. In fact, they have placed a belief in power in everything from the atom to the planets and the farthest star.

One simple truth is the "Peace, be still" to every eddy in this materialistic whirlwind. Power belongs to God; not some power, but all power. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, states in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 270), "Only by understanding that there is but one power,—not two powers, matter and Mind,— are scientific and logical conclusions reached." And again, on page 228, she writes: "There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God."

March 27, 1954

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