Sunday, February 20th, 2022



SubjectMind

Golden Text: James 1 : 5



If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.




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Responsive Reading: Job 28 : 12-15, 20, 23, 28


12.     Where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

13.     Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

14.     The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

15.     It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

20.     Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

23.     God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

28.     And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.



Lesson Sermon



The Bible


1. Psalm 119 : 33, 34

33     Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

34     Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

2. Proverbs 2 : 1-7

1     My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2     So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3     Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4     If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5     Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

6     For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

7     He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

3. I Kings 3 : 3 (to :), 5-7, 9-12 (to ;)

3     And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father:

5     In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

6     And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7     And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

9     Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

10     And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11     And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

12     Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart;

4. Isaiah 11 : 1-5

1     And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2     And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

3     And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4     But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5     And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

5. Matthew 2 : 1 (Jesus) (to 1st ,)

1     Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king,

6. Luke 2 : 40-43 (to ;), 46, 47, 52

40     And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41     Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42     And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43     And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem;

46     And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47     And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

52     And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

7. Matthew 12 : 22-28

22     Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23     And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24     But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25     And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26     And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27     And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28     But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

8. I Corinthians 2 : 9 (as), 10, 12

9     …as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10     But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

12     Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

9. Philippians 2 : 5

5     Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1. 275 : 6-8 (to 1st ,), 14-24

The starting-point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,

All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God. These are His attributes, the eternal manifestations of the infinite divine Principle, Love. No wisdom is wise but His wisdom; no truth is true, no love is lovely, no life is Life but the divine; no good is, but the good God bestows.

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that is, all power, all presence, all Science. Hence all is in reality the manifestation of Mind.

2. 591 : 16-20

Mind. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.

3. 204 : 27 (in)-29

…in Science it can never be said that man has a mind of his own, distinct from God, the all Mind.

4. 478 : 14-17, 20-26

Question. — Does brain think, and do nerves feel, and is there intelligence in matter?

Answer. — No, not if God is true and mortal man a liar. … How can intelligence dwell in matter when matter is non-intelligent and brain-lobes cannot think? Matter cannot perform the functions of Mind. Error says, "I am man;" but this belief is mortal and far from actual. From beginning to end, whatever is mortal is composed of material human beliefs and of nothing else.

5. 2 : 23 (God is intelligence)-25

God is intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend?

6. 151 : 20-30

Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God's man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness. The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares. All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth.

7. 206 : 6-14

It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man. Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both upon the body and through it.

Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of the sentiments — hope, faith, love — is the prayer of the righteous. This prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick.

8. 315 : 3-10

That saying of our Master, "I and my Father are one," separated him from the scholastic theology of the rabbis. His better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other. He knew that the Ego was Mind instead of body and that matter, sin, and evil were not Mind; and his understanding of this divine Science brought upon him the anathemas of the age.

9. 216 : 11-18

The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love.

10. 128 : 11-19

The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.

11. 191 : 4-13, 16-20

As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.

As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child was," — even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of being and of what Life includes.

The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage. It should no longer ask of the head, heart, or lungs: What are man's prospects for life? Mind is not helpless. Intelligence is not mute before non-intelligence.

12. 180 : 25-30

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.

13. 276 : 1-11

Having one God, one Mind, unfolds the power that heals the sick, and fulfils these sayings of Scripture, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," and "I have found a ransom." When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: "Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.

14. 231 : 30-2

Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, — planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was made," — can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.


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