Daily Watch for the week of September 3rd – September 10, 2017
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
170 — WATCH lest you fear the discordant and unpleasant phases of human experience more than those which, because they tend to put one to sleep, would rob one of his ability to meet and overcome the so-called domination of mortal belief, or mesmerism. Whatever stirs thought to greater spiritual activity, is preferable to the soothing and activity-destroying effect of human harmony, which tends to put one to sleep, and rob him of his determination to overcome the domination of mortal belief.
If you were learning to ride horseback and were given a bucking bronco to learn on — a horse determined to unseat its rider — when you could ride him, your ability as a rider would be unquestioned. Perhaps in His wisdom God is training us to maintain our spiritual hold on Him, by giving us the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, as we read in Isa. 30:20, so that we may finally be able to say, ‘None of these things move me.’ It is not difficult to perceive that one receives very little training in spiritual stick-to-itiveness through human harmony.
Jesus declared, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul (man’s spiritually active sense); but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (put man to sleep to his duty to God, when to keep awake spiritually is the paramount need).”
It helps to bring the student to the realization of all the claims of material sense which man must uncover and overthrow, in order to reflect the Mind which was in Christ Jesus.
To The Watchers
from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments, as given by Mary Baker Eddy, page 49
“Hear, O Israel, for the Lord, our God, is one God.”
You are not to come in your own name to pray.
You are not to control any mind.
You are to come only in the divine strength, and know that God will rule and does, and that hypnotism and evil minds cannot, and do not, control men or governments.
All power is God, good.
This is my only formula to Christian Scientists for prayer, and God will give you faith that will remove mountains.