Are We Magnifying the Lord?

Magnify the Lord! The great prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah and many others, as well as the writers of the New Testament, all teach us how. Someone may say: "How can I? I'm so sad, so burdened, so ill. The evidence of good is so small that to rejoice makes me feel like a hypocrite." Think how little evidence of good appeared to exist when Joseph or the great prophets or Jesus rejoiced. The surrounding darkness was far deeper in their day than it is today, because then so few saw the light of the Christ, Truth, at all.

Sense evidence does not perceive spiritual facts. But Christian Science begins with spiritual facts. It begins with God, who is wholly good, who is divine Love and Life, Truth and Mind, Spirit and Soul, the only cause and creator, the governing Principle. And according to the teachings of this Science, spiritual man, made in His likeness, is His beloved son, His witness.

Through understanding God's nature and having faith in His promises, we can abandon our burdens and turn trustingly to Him, knowing that His power, working freely in us, will annihilate all that seems to stand in the way of His goodwill for man. His truth will blot out all sense of a separate, counterfeit, ungodlike self. The human feeling of joy and release comes almost as an echo when God's glorious goodness has been adequately magnified.

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Ambition—Vice or Virtue?
October 30, 1965

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