June is here! And so we move on to our next focus for our church's spiritual goal. For June, we will study the third phrase of the citation from page 340 in Science and Health with key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy,
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfills the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,--whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.”
Our First Reader, Pam Dickson, will share readings on this topic on Wednesday, July 1. Come and share your inspirations at the Wednesday services or share on our website, ChristianScienceFortCollins.com, by jotting Steve Knox an email (email@example.com) or a note on a piece of paper, and he will post your idea. That way we will have all of our ideas in one area for us to refer. We can also participate in a back and forth conversation if desired.
Last week’s lesson on Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced, provided some insight into what wars we are really fighting:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Eph. 6: 12, 13.
David Kennedy wrote an article titled, “The Whole Armor of God” reprinted in the May 25, 2015 Sentinel. In our Sunday School class we thought about the pieces of armor and what they meant to David and to each of us. Here are some pieces of armor we should “put on” daily.
“. . . Having your loins girt about with truth.” The truth we have been taught will strengthen us, as David said “to hold my thoughts very firmly to the facts of God’s complete power, His presence, His allness—and the truth of my inseverable relationship to Him.”
“. . . Having on the breastplate of righteousness.” David says, “A breastplate protects the heart, and I saw that metaphorically speaking, purity would protect my heart—would defend my love of the truth.” He felt the breastplate included the idea of maintaining his purity.
“. . . your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” We should be spiritually prepared. David said, “I saw that continuing to prepare myself through prayer was a vital part of my defense against any ungodlike suggestions.”
“. . . Taking the shield of faith.” Daivd says, “With my faith in God—my faith in the reality and omnipotence of divine Truth—I could stand. I could trust that faith “to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked,” those doubts that seemed so devastating.”
“. . . And take the helmet of salvation. . .
and the sword of the Spirit , which is the word of God.”