Is your God able?

We may believe in God, but do we believe He is able to heal and deliver us from our woes? Christian Science shows why we can depend on God.

"Is your God able?" I pondered this question one Sunday morning while listening to the Christian Science Bible Lesson being read in our church. (The Bible Lesson is outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly.) What prompted the question was King Darius's inquiry to Daniel: "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?" The small adjective able became the focus of my interest.

In his ministry, Christ Jesus showed better than anyone else God's abundant love for humanity. Jesus taught at every opportunity that God was both able and willing to heal, attaching broad significance for people to acknowledge this fact. Jesus demonstrated God's infinite, ever-present ability to heal, overcoming materialism (the blind belief in matter, held by those surrounding him) through the operation of divine, spiritual law. Love is the substance of this perfect law. Always in universal operation, God's love enables us to understand and make practical our oneness, or unity, with ever-present spiritual good. Jesus confirmed this spiritual fact of oneness with God by his outstanding healing works, and these proofs were often preceded by his deep gratitude to God.

As followers of Christ, we gain confidence in God's ability to heal, through prayer based on the spiritual laws of God revealed in Christian Science. What is termed material sense, or matter, does not govern or condition the man of God's creating, because God made His man spiritual. Being image, the reflection of Spirit, or Soul, man is already complete and perfect. From this basis of spiritually enlightened reasoning, we gradually demonstrate Jesus' command to us "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Fulfilling this divine command is the result of giving to God, or Truth, first priority in one's daily life.

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February 11, 1991

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