Sunday, January 5th, 2020 Roundtable

How to Hear the Voice of God

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: God

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Morning Prayers

May the allness of God, Love, and the nothingness of aught else serve to cover the question of your protection, and the allness of good, and the powerlessness and non-existence of evil be the reality of your thought.

The unseen silent forces of God are standing sentinel over me and mine and all, silencing, destroying, and annihilating the unseen, silent arguments of the serpent, material sense. All is Mind and Mind is God, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient good.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 79

Discussion points

1 — WATCH lest you attempt to do anything in Christian Science from any standpoint except that of joy. Our Leader’s hymn admonishes us to follow and rejoice all the rugged way. Work in Christian Science that is done joyously, has a power and effectiveness that work done as a solemn duty never has. If you seem to have lost your joy obey Mrs. Eddy’s command, “If your joy is lost, handle animal magnetism.” If this is properly done, your joy will return, and you can again take up your work. Our Leader once wrote to George Kinter, “Gladness and rejoicing are divine in essence, and their reward is manifold in its effect.”

If you should fall through the ice, you would become further imprisoned if you attempted to swim at once for the shore. The first thing to do is to rise. Then you can clamber onto the surface of the ice and walk to shore. This rising to the surface symbolizes the lightening of thought necessary, in preparation for all effort in Christian Science. “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness.” Prov. 10:28.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

We must lift thought up to God.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Golden Text — “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” — I Kings 19 : 11, 12

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

— Psalm 46 from the King James Bible

God’s glory is a wondrous thing,
Most strange in all its ways,
And of all things on earth, least like
What men agree to praise.

O blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field, although
He seems invisible.

And blest is he who can divine
Where right doth really lie,
And dares to side with what seems wrong
To mortals’ blindfold eye.

For right is right, since God is God;
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter would be sin.

— Hymn 56 from the Christian Science Hymnal

If you find yourself feeling depressed do something for someone. We were put here to bless others.

— Plainfield Roundtable

The opposite of depression is expression.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Too soon we cannot turn from disease in the body to find disease in the mortal mind, and its cure, in working for God. Thought must be made better, and human life more fruitful, for the divine energy to move it onward and upward.

— from “Fidelity” Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 343

Job said: “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee.” Mortals will echo Job’s thought, when the supposed pain and pleasure of matter cease to predominate. They will then drop the false estimate of life and happiness, of joy and sorrow, and attain the bliss of loving unselfishly, working patiently, and conquering all that is unlike God.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 262

Father, Thou joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
From all the best that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Ever our longings turn to Thee,
O Thou on whom our care we cast;
Rejoicing when Thy smile we see,
And blest when faith can hold Thee fast.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good;
To them that find Thee, All in all.

— Hymn 56 from the Christian Science Hymnal

“When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and, when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” So spake Jesus. The closet typifies the sanctuary of Spirit, the door of which shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love. Closed to error, it is open to Truth, and vice versa. The Father in secret is unseen to the physical senses, but He knows all things and rewards according to motives, not according to speech. To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.

— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 14-15

To enter into the heart of prayer, the door of the erring senses must be closed. Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine Principle, Love, which destroys all error.

— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15

And so I find it well to come
For deeper rest to this still room;
For here the habit of the soul
Feels less the outer world’s control.

And from the silence, multiplied
By these still forms on every side,
The world that time and sense has known
Falls off and leaves us God alone.

— Excerpt from “The Quiet Room” written by John Greenleaf Whittier. Mrs. Eddy gave copies of this card to her household workers sometime between 1906 and 1910

If from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

— Deuteronomy 4 : 29 from the King James Bible

Forum post — To Hear His Voice by Florence Roberts

According to Christian Science, the only real senses of man are spiritual, emanating from divine Mind. Thought passes from God to man, but neither sensation nor report goes from material body to Mind. The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.

— Citation 9 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 321 : 6-2

If Spirit pervades all space, it needs no material method for the transmission of messages. Spirit needs no wires nor electricity in order to be omnipresent.

— Citation 5 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 78 : 17-20

“The things required of him who would follow it [the angel of Exodus 23], and the happy results of obedience to it, are clearly stated. God sends His angel to each receptive heart. His highest idea of good then goes before the mortal, keeping him, bringing him into the prepared place.

When the promise reads to the student that God will send a pure and perfect spiritual intuition to keep him in the way, and to bring him into the place which God has prepared, the mental process of spiritual guidance can be comprehended. When it is seen that an angel is not an etherealized person, but a right idea, and that such right idea can become a dominating influence in the mind of the individual who cherishes it, mortals need no longer grope in doubt concerning divine help, for they learn that the angel of one’s highest sense of good lies within, not without, the borderland of one’s own thinking, and consequently is an ever-available help in every problem of life. This angel, admitted, understood, and obeyed, fosters the right living which naturally follows right thinking; and so salvation can begin today, and the place which God has prepared can be, in a degree, a present possession.

The mortal is admonished to ‘beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions.’ Truly, every would-be Christian has long since learned that his highest ideal has no pardon for the unworthy and the base, but holds him unwaveringly to his highest and best performance! ‘For my name is in him,’ continues the record,—the seal of divinity marking every right idea as its own, declaring every pure and perfect thought God’s offspring! Then the promise follows, the reward of obedience: ‘But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.’ By simple obedience to the highest monitor of heart and conscience, right purpose and endeavor are strengthened, and every Christian warrior may find himself equipped for the battle with the hosts of self, wherein God’s angel is indeed an adversary unto all the foes of righteous manhood.

— from Excerpt from “His Angel” (CS Sentinel, May, 1909), by Blanche Hersey Hogue

ANGELS. God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 581

Tell yourself, and do so frequently, that you are the temple of the living God, the place of health, strength, freedom, and buoyancy, and confidence. Say to yourself, “I am the temple of the living God; the Lord is in his holy temple, let this world of pain and trouble be still. I am eternal Life on exhibition. I am the place where all-knowing Mind is diffusing courage, wisdom, resourcefulness, keenness of vision, and soundness of judgment. I just have no capacity for failure or sickness.”

You are always talking to yourself, and much of the time, if not careful, you are saying what is not true — how old you are getting, how useless you are, how discouraged you feel, and how much you suffer. Every time you think or declare one of these untruths, you add to the mesmerism which is already weighing you down. You would not make another person have any of these distresses, and surely God would not. Stop telling yourself these lies. Refuse to think or argue this way, because every time you do so you take into mentality that which will work against your welfare.

The Creator has not made this dream world of weariness, sickness, depression, and you are not deceived by it. Your vision is so clear that you can look right through it and see, beyond, a world of health and dominion.

— excerpt from “How Can You Help Yourself” by Peter V. Ross

Come we daily then, dear Father,
Open hearts and willing hands,
Eager ears, expectant, joyful,
Ready for Thy right commands.

We would hear no other voices,
We would heed no other call;
Thou alone art good and gracious,
Thou our Mind and Thou our All.

— Excerpt from Hymn 58 from the Christian Science Hymnal

The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration.

— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 259

When a thought comes we can ask, “Is this something that a God who loves me would say?” If not who is telling me this?

— Plainfield Roundtable

“Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.”(Deuteronomy 4 : 39)

‘Consider’- To fix the mind on, with a view to careful examination; to think on with care; to ponder; to study; to meditate on. Websters 1928 Dictionary

As I thought of this passage and what it was telling me was that I have to stop more often in my reading and really consider what it is that is being told to me. Here it is asking me “do you really accept with all your heart that God is all there is “in heaven above” (the invisible), and upon the earth beneath (the visible)? Then I have to accept that there could be no possible circumstance where error of any sort could exist, be it sin, disease, discord of any kind. It is not possible!! And that’s it!!

— by Karen from CA.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord

— Luke 1 : 46

What am I magnifying?

— Plainfield Roundtable

God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 587

Work with the defenition of God daily!

— Plainfield Roundtable

Final Readings

The “still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, — made manifest in the destruction of error.

— Citation 14 from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 559 : 8-16

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