Friday, July 13, 2012

Spiritual courage

The Passover meal, which celebrates the Jews’ exodus from Egyptian slavery, was for Jesus an exodus from all that would enslave us to materiality, including fear, illness, sin and failure. 

As he supped with his students during the Passover meal his heart must have felt the melancholic strains that came from knowing about the ordeals before him.  He had prepared them as best he could and he continued to make every effort to prepare his students for the loneliness they might feel, and for the threat of torture and death they would contend with. 

Remarkable spiritual healer and theologian, M. B. Eddy, describes this special meal this way: “Their bread indeed came down from heaven.  It was the great truth of spiritual being, healing the sick and casting out error.  Their master had explained it all before, and now this bread was feeding and sustaining them.”

When he washed their feet he was showing them once again the spiritual courage and strength found in drawing on divine LIFE-LOVE.  Humility and grace are spiritual energies that flow into us from GOD-TRUTH.  Jesus was showing them to put aside their personal egos and feel the might of the divine EGO-SOUL.  By drawing on the SUPREME EGO they would experience divine confidence and power.

He accented this holy occasion by having the disciples sing a hymn with him before going to the Mount of Olives to be handed over to the Roman authorities by the traitor Judas.  This communal hymn was, in a way, a precursive victory song over death, over fear and hatred, over all evil. 

Jesus knew at the core of his being that the spirit of LIFE-LOVE would triumph, as it always does.

When we inhale and exhale this kind of courageous spirituality it ejects whatever holds us back from grander accomplishments. 

King Hezekiah is another example of someone who found his spiritual courage and might.  Young (25 years-old) and inexperienced, newly crowned King Hezekiah turned to MIND-TRUTH for needed wisdom, courage and leadership. 

Barely on the throne and he was faced with the threat from the large, experienced and well-armed Assyrian army.  He responded to the impending assault by first repairing his people’s confidence in mighty SPIRIT-POWER.  Their alignment with divine power assuaged their fears and self-doubts and infused them with spiritual fortitude.

Is anything restraining our spiritual courage and love?  How about our success?  Is anything keeping us from health and happiness?  Is it others’ misplaced ignorance, prejudices, anger, resentment and outrage, or our own?  Have we been bound up for years? 

It is irrelevant to divine TRUTH-LOVE what has bound us because it only knows our spiritual freedom.  Jesus Christ echoed TRUTH’s eternal, liberating power for everyone when he declared, “Be loosed from these bonds!”  

The divine influence, or Christ, gives us courage to confront and eradicate the material beliefs and conditions which have been holding back our health, love and victory.   Christly ideas produce a new genesis for our lives. 

Paul experienced this and he wrote, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he (she) is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”  

TRUTH lifts us to Mt. Sinai-like levels of inspiration, courage and certainty.  From there we can see and prove that we are SPIRIT’s spiritual man. 

Our courage and victories are the result of understanding that we are spiritually whole and that we are living in LOVE’s limitless universe of spiritual goodness. 

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