EMPOWERED BY DIVINE DECREE

The individual who looks to God for his ability will find himself equal to every challenge. Indeed, Christian Science teaches that God in His great wisdom and unspeakable love has so indissolubly bound man to Him, as His reflection, that man has no existence apart from his divine source. It follows that the only demands upon man are God's demands and that coincident with the demand, He provides the means for meeting it—through reflection. Mary Baker Eddy clearly indicates in this passage from "Miscellaneous Writings" that the divine demand includes its supply (p. 16): "The Principle of Christianity is infinite: it is indeed God; and this infinite Principle hath infinite claims on man, and these claims are divine, not human; and man's ability to meet them is from God; for, being His likeness and image, man must reflect the full dominion of Spirit—even its supremacy over sin, sickness, and death."

Thus we see that whatever one is required to do spiritually, he is empowered to do. The intelligence and strength we need to perform our daily appointed tasks are ours, not through personal effort, but by the ability our reflection of divine power confers upon us. Mrs. Eddy points to this conclusion in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 199): "Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its mandate,—by reason of its demand for and supply of power."

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