Humility — an open door to the healing Christ

Jesus showed us the value and power of humility — an open door to the healing Christ. The Bible shows us that more often than not the people most open to the message of the healing Christ, and its saving power, were already the most humble and were often outcasts. This humility helped them accept Jesus’ healing message easily and often brought immediate healing.

Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
Psalms 10:17

Humility — opening the door to healing and safety

Firstly, humility and being humble or meek isn’t being weak, nor is it the same as being walked on like a door mat. Rather, humility is divine power expressed by letting go of our own way of how we think things should happen. It’s personal opinions, self-righteousness, and will-power that often get us confused. Christ Jesus showed us how to escape confusion through humility — by leaning on God’s infinite power. Because Jesus expressed divine power perfectly, he showed us that humility not only gives us dominion, but also provides protection.

Jesus prayed a powerful prayer “Thy will be done” three times the night before being crucified. Jesus wasn’t a doormat for divine will, rather he rejected confusion by turning to God’s loving power through prayer. And the good news of Jesus’ experience is that the crucifixion wasn’t the endgame of his Christian mission —  it was a segue. This segue in Jesus’ (to mortal eyes) experience provided an opportunity for ultimate proof of eternal life — the resurrection — this was the endgame. Jesus’ resurrection also provided palpable proof that humility was a key link to understanding how spiritual life is forever safe, even unchanging, in Spirit, God, even when one’s life is attacked. Utilizing Jesus’ strategy of humility and prayer we too can gain more of our own proof that life is eternally harmonious because it has a spiritual — God/Spirit-sourced — origin.

The resurrection of the great demonstrator of God’s power was the proof of his final triumph over body and matter, and gave full evidence of divine Science, — evidence so important to mortals.|
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.
42:15-18

Unplugging fearful bullies

Christ Jesus showed us that when facing any difficulty, humility helps us find safety in God’s total protection and supreme intelligence. By clinging to God’s loving wisdom we can avoid the pitfalls of puffed up opinions, fearful beliefs, and tired sensual concepts. These things may trip us up, but when we let God’s love in, we unplug the fear and confusion that fuels those sense-based and fear-mongering bullies.

Turning to God’s power, we humbly recognize that our safety and dominion is found through Spirit’s power — not in matter, brains, or proverbial guts and glory. Power is seen in acknowledging, first and foremost, that God alone has all power through prayer. Our prayers and resulting inspiration may lead us into human footsteps of social justice to help our community at large: joining church, voting, supporting charities, or even helping someone directly. No matter what, power over any kind of bully — mental bullies or people — is most effectively found by leaning on God, divine Mind, first, and understanding how and why God is the only Mind and the only power.

Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind. Mind’s infinite ideas run and disport themselves. In humility they climb the heights of holiness. 
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.514:6

Find peace within — the Bible shows you how

Stand still for a moment and think about what it means to feel peace. Do you feel it? Are you looking for it? Do you yearn for it?  Many of us want to find peace but don’t know where to begin.

Advertising always offers “happiness” through buying something or going somewhere. However, this form of happiness doesn’t necessarily afford us any peace. The good news is there is a timeless source that offers us a treasure-trove of substantial and eternal good — the Bible. Scripture offers instruction on how we can find peace, but it tells us that peace is spiritual and God-given. And Jesus showed us that you find peace, as he did, through Spirit, God.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Christ Jesus, John 14:27

Where to find peace? Start in thought, start with prayer

Is there a secret to finding peace let alone lasting peace? No. What’s cool is that the Bible shows us how to find peace and that there’s no secret to finding peace, nor is it complicated. Finding peace is simple, everyone has access to it, and it comes without cost.

The Bible instructs us to look to God for our needs. It also tells us that God has already provided everything for us. In Genesis, chapter 1, God created everything and gave everything to man because man is God’s image and likeness — and because everything God made “…was very good (Genesis 1:31).” And Jesus reassured us that “the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21)”

This got me to thinking — isn’t peace all about how I’m thinking? Doesn’t it start with thought? The more I’ve studied the Bible I’ve seen that finding peace starts with seeking God, the divine Mind — the source of all intelligence. God is the source of our peace because God, Mind, is the source of our being. So in a sense, looking within — starting mentally — one can easily begin by turning to God’s good, omnipotent power, through prayer.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:20-21

Peace: seek it! It’s not a secret

Rather than thinking that peace is a seek-ret — we need to seek-it. The Bible also instructs us to seek wisdom and understanding. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than to gain the knowledge of peace — a peace that comes from God and is eternal. Is it possible? YES! But to get the spiritual goodness that God offers requires some amount of participation on our part by turning to God.

Mary Baker Eddy, a deep spiritual thinker and devout Christian, wrote about this spiritual good and called it “…the unspeakable peace which comes from an  all-abosrbing spiritual love (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.264)” Her book Science and Health unpacks the Bible’s inspired Word and Jesus’ healing ministry to help everyone understand this unspeakable peace which comes from God and is already within us. She pointed out that peace comes from Spirit, God, and that “Spirit’s senses are without pain and they are forever at peace (p.214).”

Humility is a quality we can develop and practice — and it helps give us peace. The more we give up our striving to get things that are outside of ourselves, and seek more of what God already has in store for us (or is actually already part of our God-like being) we’ll feel the wisdom and peace of God that is ever-present.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. —Psalms 34:14

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.
264:24