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While a state of fear may often be quite easily identified, sometimes it is so latent or so deeply buried it may be undetected. Chronic indecisiveness, doubt, timidity, have the same roots as the more obvious deep anxiety. And they may be irritants that we've merely learned to live with rather than meet. Nothing that God causes—and He is the only cause—can bring about either dense worry or niggling timidity. In beating fears this is an essential spiritual fact to remember.
A thought-prodding definition of "fear" is found in the Glossary in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Heat; inflammation; anxiety; ignorance; error; desire; caution."Science and Health, p. 586; Mary Baker Eddy gives us not a psychological analysis but a spiritual one. And it takes into account unexpected (to conventional human thought) manifestations of fear. Not one of the conditions listed can relate to the all-good God who made all, and whose omnipresence rules out fear as legitimate cause or effect. Man, God's manifestation, never knows fear. Affirming this, praying with this certainty, is the workable answer to fear.
God maintains His purity and substance throughout the universe moment by moment and always. Knowing this, we can meet and beat tension, stress, and apprehension. That we can do so is divine law, and divine law can never be infringed. This means that whatever you may be facing at this time or at any time, whatever makes you nervous and concerned, can be controlled and worked out spiritually.
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Take up the cross and follow Christ
No nature apart from the divine
RUTH KIEL MARTIN
Face the light
THOMAS C. KELLER
Loss is unreal!
CHRISTINE CAROL WEINER
But he built the ark, too!
JANE CLARK WALKER
God's child naturally
ALTA ZARA JOHN
Mary H. Gill
Please, God—thank you, God
LOWELL N. CANNON
Perfect you—perfect everybody
BARBARA J. PRESLER
Virginia Young Townsend
Geoffrey J. Barratt
Freedom from suffering
Nathan A. Talbot
Seeking and finding
Who's closest to you?
Eleanor Young Clapp
Until about twelve years ago I lived for worldly things
There was a complete about-face in my life after I learned of...
Grace G. Weymouth
Last fall I went to my friend's house in another city on vacation....
Daniel Paul Strickland with contributions from Norma W. Strickland
I am very grateful for many years of excellent health with...
Maude R. Morris
I have been a student of Christian Science for fifty years
My testimony in The Christian Science Journal of January 1961...
Doris L. Garlick