OUR DAILY DEFENSE

"It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned." This statement by Mary Baker Eddy is found in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 6). Suggestions are constantly being presented to us for acceptance or rejection. Every problem in human experience begins as a suggestion, one that is not vigorously denied and rejected, but accepted. Hence, the importance to us of Mrs. Eddy's admonition to defend ourselves "daily against aggressive mental suggestion."

Satan, or evil, tempted Jesus three times after our Lord's forty days in the wilderness. His specific denial of the claims of each suggestion as it was presented resulted in his victory over evil, for the Bible states that "angels came and ministered unto him" (Matt. 4: 11). Paul was able to reject the suggestion of death when the young man, Eutychus, fell from the third loft while Paul was preaching. In Acts(20:10, 12) we are told that Paul "embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.... And they brought the young man alive."

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