11/1: Find yourself in Scripture

11/1: Find yourself in Scripture

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  1. Thank you Chet for this enlightened Lift. I love the idea that through the Bible, we not only come to find and know God, but also it is where we come to find and know ourselves. These passages show us what an integral part we are to God's plan. We learn in Christian Science that Jesus showed us the way but did not do our work for us. Thank you for this perspective that as we study Scripture, we find in a sense, "our story".

  2. Thanks for this lift. Three words from the Bible help us face any problem without calling it a problem, whether it is the wilderness experience, the lion's jaws, the burning furnace or the Red Sea. How? Because "Thou art there." (Psalms 139:8). The realization of the Christ presence allows us to deal with any problem without it being a problem. Thanks again for your inspiring words.

  3. Thank you for Isaiah 61;1 and Luke 4;18; To preach the gospel; to heal the brokenhearted; to preach deliverance; recovering of sight; to set at liberty. Our Leader writes, "finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 264.) Here on earth, I must gain more correct views of God and man, not in matter but in the Scriptures, of the Spirit of the Lord.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Many thanks Chet for this welcome reminder. Yes. "We should all feel the fulness of God's [Love's] plan in our lives." "The cause requires unswerving might:/ With God alone agree./ Then have no other aim than right;/ End bondage, O be free./ Depart from sin, awake to love:/ Your mission is to heal./ Then all of Truth you must approve,/ And only know the real." (Christian Science Hymnal #5).

  5. Thank you

  6. Thank you, Chet - to be anointed by the Christ is blessing; it helps me to overcome a querulous with another fellowmember of my church - I must really pray about that. In Love there is no disappointment. And we live and move and have our being in devine Love . We can thank God for the Bible!

  7. Thank you Chet, I have been finding more and more lately that God's plan for me and mine is unfolding in His way as I have let go of preconceived ways that I may have had in outlining what I felt was the right way to go. God always has a better way which appears at the right time and in the right way.As this line in hymn 324 puts it "Take my every thought to use In the way that Thou shalt choose" I have so enjoyed the two lectures I have heard so far on the Shared Reflections series, and am so grateful for them. Much love Rosie

  8. We are prepared:
    "the LORD hath anointed me ... "

    We are sent: "he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound ... they shall build... "

    We are protected: "he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness...I shalt be called by a new name..."

    He loves us: "as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee"
    "his reward is with him, and his work before him...
    "And they shall call them... A city not forsaken." Isaiah 61, 62

    Estamos preparados: "el Señor me ungió..."

    Somos enviados: "me ungió Jehová; me ha enviado a predicar buenas nuevas a los abatidos, a vendar a los quebrantados de corazón, a publicar libertad a los cautivos, y a los presos apertura de la cárcel... reedificarán..."

    Estamos protegidos: "me vistió con vestiduras de salvación... [me] será puesto un nombre nuevo "

    Nos ama: "como el gozo del esposo con la esposa, así se gozará contigo el Dios tuyo"
    "he aquí su recompensa con él, y delante de él su obra...
    "Y les llamarán ... Ciudad Deseada, no desamparada".

  9. What a great idea....to apply that Isaiah passage to ourselves.

  10. Thank you, Chet. We are all prophets of God in one way or another. When we listen we get answers from God where we act upon them and they sometimes turnout to be "ahead of their times". I've had a few examples of these. We are the "spiritual seers" which Mary Baker Eddy mentions in the Glossary of Science and Health under "prophet".

  11. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for this great Lift. It gives so much to work with. Thanks again.

  13. I gather that there is theological discussion about the introduction of part of Isa 42:7 into Luke 4:18. There is also discussion of the NT's relationship with the Septuagint [Koine Greek, the ancient Greek translation, which is quoted in the writings of Paul and others]. The question is whether Jesus was aware of the Greek version - but also, whether his followers later introduced quotes from it into the Gospel. Whilst it is fascinating to compare all the translations and quotes, ancient and modern, we do need to know that, as with Jesus himself, it is one's own 'spiritual' translation or interpretation of what one reads that brings the moment of enlightenment. See S&H 525:26, 'This understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments; it is the reality of all things brought to light.' Thanks for the inspiration, Chet.

  14. Thank you for this lovely, helpful Lift. Immediately after I listened to it I felt overwhelmed by a material sense of urgency trying to drag me away from the truth the Lift contained to material considerations.
    I prayed immediately as to how to address that and the idea came straight away that God is not watching man perform. He is not watching us perform. It is He who is governing all harmoniously and we are watching Him, our dear Father-Mother, as a little child watches their beloved Parent.

  15. Thank you, Chet, for “Find yourself in Scripture … Isaiah 61 and 62 … ‘the spirit of the Lord is upon me’ … feel that anointing …” Yes!

    If I don’t find myself in Scripture, I’m just reading words. To Seek and find myself in Scripture; to accept my anointing; and, to respect that each of us is anointed and on a sacred path with a holy purpose is that surrendering to the Divine Laws of Love that govern the universe and bless one and all.

    My weekend project, then, is to take a closer look at and prayerfully consider Isaiah 61 and 62 - to find myself there and practice being more “myself” every day.

    “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10)

    “What wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6)

    “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.” (S&H vii:1)

  16. Thank you, Chet, for this inspired Lift!

  17. Beautiful, healing quest and message! Gratitude, Chet, for all your inspired work and sharing for Church and to all contributors, too.

  18. Thank you Chet

  19. Thank you Chet I am re reading Isaiah 61 and 62 .

  20. Thank you!

  21. Thank you.

  22. Recently I've felt drawn to read Is 61 with all the beautiful promises (which I've been applying to myself), and I will look even deeper into Is 61 and 62. I also have heard you talk about the importance of reading, understanding, and applying the Sermon on the Mount, and the blessings that follow obedience to Jesus' words there (as well as throughout the New Testament). Thanks for this good lift.

  23. Utterly fabulous, Chet…what I needed to hear. You can be sure I will read your recommendation:-)
    Thank you….good weekend to all!

  24. Thank you for giving us this very helpful Lift!! I love these instructive and inspirational thoughts!!

  25. So helpful - thanks!

  26. Like Mrs Eddy says, "The Bible is the chart of life." I always look to the Bible to chart "where I am" in life.

    Thank you Chet, and all, have a beautiful weekend..

  27. Thank you for this great approach. To find ourselves in Scriptures. When we come to think that our life has a purpose, that we are indeed part of God´s plan, that we are His image and likeness, then all material urgencies, impositions and so on, lose importance and we realize our spiritual mission. As the mirror before us does not need to make an effort to reflect, so we reflect God effortessly. As Scott #2 mentioned, no matter where or in what situation we are, those three words from Ps 139 "Thou art there", can always help us face any situation. I will reread the Book of Isaiah this weekend. Blessings to all!

  28. I will do that right now.
    Thanks Chet

  29. Thank you Chet for your clear focus on Isaiah 61 in this lift - finding ourselves with God through scripture is a wonderful adventure that can only lead to spiritual growth and peace

  30. Si comprendemos que somos porción de Dios, eso nos prepara para hacer todo lo que Dios necesita de nosotros, ¿necesita?, sí, necesita, por la sencilla razón que Él nos da Sus ideas y nosotros tenemos la tarea de expandirlas, y principalmente... reflejando el amor, para hacerlo llegar al resto, reflejándolo en su total magnitud. Haciéndo lo que Él espera de nosotros, para eso nos da su Amor, para que lo pongamos en practica, y en obras. La Biblia nos hable de obras y de fe, entiendo que ambas son necesarias, ya que una sin la otra, quedan renga de contenido.

    "Porque como el cuerpo sin espíritu está muerto, así tambié la fe sin obras está muerta" Santiago 2: 26
    "La Ciencia Cristiana revela a Dios y Su idea como el Todo y lo único" MBE, y nosotros parte de Él. ¡Qué maravilla!

    Muchas gracias Chet, por el mensaje, que trae inspiración.

  31. thank you for this reminder to Jesaja [Isaiah], I opened it up and let it on my desk to think of me as a part of the
    Bible- promise. What for a wonderful thought.

  32. Thank you Chet for your message and reflection on Isaiah 61 which
    gives divine direction and purpose to our lives today.

  33. So well put, Chet. I think Jesus did find his "job description" in Scripture, and I love that you encourage us to do that, too, rather than thinking that the Isaiah scripture was just waiting 500 years for Jesus to appear to fulfill it. Thanks for this gentle encouragement.

  34. Thank-you most kindly Mr. Manchester for this very inspiring daily lift.....

  35. It is wonderful to realize that we all have special scripture passages available. The first few verses of Psalm 71 was always very close at a time in my life that have would have been very easy to have let confusion and disruption creep in constantly. However, that did not happen. These verses were availabe instantly and I used their assurance constantly. To know that there is no confusion with God at our side and our Father-Mother is right here with us at all times.
    Psalm 71:1-3 KJV
    [1] … In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. [2] Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. [3] Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou …

  36. Chet, much gained from just reading Isaiah 61, 62. Thank you! The Bible is a ladder of inspiration.

    Rooting around this morning I came upon Mrs. Eddy's remarks about her own healing from an accident: "On the third day thereafter, I called for my Bible, and opened it at Matthew ix. 2. As I read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense;.......That short experience included a glimpse of the great fact ...namely, Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of existence."

    The Mathew scripture she was reading referred to Jesus' healing of palsy, probably quite familiar to her but what dawned upon her sense was divine, not only healing to her but it flung open the door of discovery.

    Yep, what I love about Christian Science came right thru the Bible front door! Looking forward to this week's Lifts!

  37. Thank you Chet. Finding myself in scripture ... what an awesome thought. Thanks to all for your comments.

  38. Hey Chet, "right off the bat", I feel transformed by your lift and the reading of ISAIAH 61.62 in the Bible.

    Thank you so much.

  39. Very inspiring! Many thanks for this start to my day!!

  40. Wow, Chet! The Fullness of God's Plan in My Life!! Sometimes, in the study of Christian Science and in the Christian Science Church and Culture, I have noticed a tendency in myself to focus more on Mary Baker Eddy and her book, Science and Health, than on the Bible. And yet......all through Science and Health Mrs. Eddy gives full credit to the spiritual inspiration of the Bible as the Source of her Discovery and she is clear about her book being "Key to the Scriptures". I remember one time when I was going through confusion and depression and not studying Christian Science, the words of Psalms 139 came to my thought so clearly and I didn't even know that I knew those words! So much of our walk here on Earth seems to be about letting go of our so-called Human Personality, our "Human Story" or History (Herstory) and letting the Christ break through and heal our broken Hearts. Thanks to #13, I agree! I believe Mrs. Eddy acknowledges somewhere in her writings that even if the man, Jesus, hadn't appeared on Earth as he did, we would still have the Christ, the Truth of God and man's perfect, inviolate relationship. I'm so Grateful for the Truth of God and Man! Much Love to All and Happy November and National Bible Month!

  41. What a wonderful example you've provided of pulling the Bible forward, into our lives, out of history. This is how it's 'the Living Word'. Jesus did it with Isaiah. Paul does it throughout his letters. Just studying Romans where he quotes Scripture over 50 times...always to apply to situations of his own day. What models for us, as you are, dear Chet. Grateful, grateful for all you share and give to our Church.

  42. Thank you.

  43. Every Bible should have a label across the cover that says, "It's about ME."

  44. Thank you Chet for this insight into Isaiah 61 and 62. It contains the model for every one of us as expressions of the spiritual idea. It can be puzzling why the audience in his home town synagogue in Nazareth became so dangerosly angry when Jesus expanded on this sermon? (Luke 4). Was it because the demands were too high? Did it expose the dark lies of material thinking? Paul explains, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:...." (Romans 8).
    The key to the blessings is in the first verse of Isaiah 61: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;...."
    Thanks also to the blessings expressed in these comments.

  45. Thank you, Chet! This is what inspired me to be a volunteer CS chaplain in penal institutions a number of years ago. What a blessing to all concerned.

  46. What a wonderful insight you've shared with us Chet. You've given us a fresh, new perspective that's
    so full of truth. It makes you go, "Oh yes! Why didn't I see that before?" It's been right there in the
    Bible all along. That's the beauty of God's infinite manifestation, forever creating and expanding.

    Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is alive and active..."
    Acts 17:28 "For in Him we live and move and have our being."

    It makes sense that we'll find ourselves in reading the Word. When you find God, you find yourself because we exist in God's likeness -- through His likeness is how we have our being. There is no greater gift than being made in God's likeness.

    The passages in Isaiah 61 and 62 are so full of joy and promise. These ideas foreshadow the Thanksgiving holiday that is a few weeks away for those of us in the United States. "The oil of joy...the garment of praise." We have so much to be grateful for!
    I so love that message Chet! Thank you!

  47. Thanks! perfect for me!

  48. Well, I'd rather not look for my self in the Bible. However, I'll look for God. That's how Mrs. Eddy was healed when she opened her Bible for the healing of internal injuries after a tripping on ice. That was the beginning of her 'anointing' development of the Holy Ghost. And it was the beginning of the end of ice cold mesmerism's grip on her. As she calls it 'erudite religion' began waning. She was finding the joy and health of Spirit, God.

  49. Thank you for this reminder to look for ourselves in the scriptures. These daily lifts give us a simple thought to hold on to and explore for ourselves. In looking up Isiaih 61 and 62 my eyes lighted on the first verse of Isiaih 60. Arise SHINE for thy light IS come and the glory of the Lord IS risen upon thee. This too was just what I needed to do today.

  50. What a fabulous springboard of inspiration ! And that divine energy is impelling and uniting each of us to further explore the sacred sayings of the scriptures. Thank you !!!

  51. Thank you so much Chet, for this helpful message.

  52. Well, this Lift has certainly put me in my right place! Thank you, Chet. The comments today seem to be espeically powerful. I have the Word; next action!

  53. Thank you for sharing this incite today!

  54. Always such beautiful and relevant ideas shared by the Daily Lift community! Thank you all so much for chiming in on this theme today. In response to Gary's question about why the hometown crowd reacted negatively to Jesus announcing himself as the "anointed one" in Isaiah, isn't it what we all sometimes feel when a spiritual sense of ourselves dawns in thought and is immediately challenged by the human mind? "How dare you announce that you're God's image and likeness! You're just a flawed mortal with a common human history like all of us!" The Christ is voicing extraordinary good about each one of us every moment of the day, telling us who we are as God's beloved children. Yes, this does tend to stir commonplace thought up a bit, but Jesus' life is proof that we can move calmly forward with the inspiration we've received from God about our spiritual identity and our healing mission in the world.

  55. I'm reminded of this line from a hymn, "...the fullness of God's blessing encompasseth our way..." Thanks Chet and everyone for sharing. DL team: I'll be looking forward to the rest of the messages coming along this coming week,that start with Scripture.

    Daily Lift Team
    "The fullness of His blessing Encompasseth our way;" is from Hymn 65.

  56. As I study the Bible Lesson day after day, the revelation comes to me that we are here to express our God given talents to bless, not to cause strife and condemnation. In fact God needs us to express him.

  57. Thank you Chet for lifting my thought to contemplate the idea that I have been anointed. I will also read those chapters in Isaiah today and know that it is about me too. Sweet.

  58. What a thought provoking Lift. Thank you, Chet.

  59. Thank you, Chet, for turning me to those precious promises found in Isaiah 61 and 62. Truly, nothing can hinder man's God-ordained plan and purpose!

  60. Wonderful lift and wonderful comments today. Thanks Chet, and a great big Thankyou to everybody else!!

  61. Thanks Chet for starting off this series of Bible-related messages for this month!
    And for your extra comment # 54.

  62. I remember a sunday school teacher telling us, as we read about David, Joseph, Daniel, that we could put our names in scripture and be like them. She made us realize we are in the story that God imparts and we definitely have our own mission and it is Gods plan,and it is good and holy. Thanks Chet

  63. I am so grateful for this Daily Lift.
    Thank you Chet.


  65. Oh, thank you, Chet, for this inspiring Lift. Also much appreciation for the many insightful comments shared thus far. How precious a thought to look to the Scriptures for God, but then we also naturally find ourselves as His/Her reflection, and with that our mission and discovery of the Creator's plan for each and every one of us. It's irresistable! You simply can't have the Creator without His creation or vice versa. Love to all!

  66. A whole week focusing on the Bible. Yea! Nothing better. And today's Lift is a great beginning. Isaiah got it right for all time. Good to be reminded. Read and cherished. Thanks to Chet, the BoL, DL team, Lifers. And thanks be to God.

  67. Thank you Chet and all the commenters..........Love to all,have a great weekend.........

  68. Yes Chet, really that is the best way to descover yourself. No thing and no person can tell us more than Scriptures
    Merci pour celà.

  69. Wonderful work Chet,it was overwhelming seeking and finding my mission through Isaiah. certainly an idea at one with the Christ consciousness ! Always enjoying your Lifts.

  70. Thank you.

  71. Merci Chet, pour ce très beau message qui élargit l'horizon de nos pensées et apporte la certitude
    d'un pouvoir divin accessible à chacun

  72. thank you chet.

  73. A great way to "...pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again..!" Timing could not have been better! I have my Bible open, Now! Thank you Chet!

    Daily Lift Team
    "Pick Yourself Up" is song composed by Jerome Kern

  74. Deep gratitude for turning our thought to the Bible. After seeing the Omni-max on JERUSALEM, I know that
    the Bible is touching people everywhere and bringing a sense of peace and brotherhood to all mankind.

  75. Thank you; I sometimes wonder if I'm stuck in the belly of a whale because I didn't speak up when I should have.

  76. Wonder-full Chet. Thank you for all who make these upLifting messages happen.

    The anointing oil of gentleness is so needed in our lives and churches. I am practicing this art and have a long ways to go! This helps!

  77. Thank you!!!

  78. Thank you, Chet, for the encouragement.

  79. Beautiful! Many thanks.

  80. Thank you Chet and all those who commented. Very inspiring. I'm off to read my Bible! (=

  81. Chet, this is such a beautiful reminder to us all. Thanks so much for your gentle message.

  82. A beautiful blessed message. I enjoyed reading Isaiah 61 and 2 and feeling God's blessing and anointing. Thank you.

  83. In reading Isaiah 61 & 62 what stood out to me was the last verse #11 in 61 which ends with "the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." What a promise of hope this is for the whole world. And also Isaiah 11:9 "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." And lastly, Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah is certainly full of beautiful promises - thanks for the reminder, Chet.

  84. Most grateful for this message today. Thank you.

  85. Excellent reminder of God's promises
    Will apply them this weekend.

  86. I can't help but think with all the nice things people say that Mrs. Eddy's question and answer thought would want to make sure we all understand this is not just to make us feel better. It needs to change us so that we help others more. And since -in general- we are pretty happy with ourselves, we should have it easy to find others to help. The first homeless person I spoke to today did not want some of my Dr. Pepper. The next man was very grateful. I would have kept going till I helped one today. :) If you did not...I have little to say....., if you did or tried you can step forward. Ray :)cs

    Love means that at some point all will understand this message. Jesus is still loving you. As He clearly did not die, He is.

  87. Thank you!

  88. Chet

    Thank- you for sharing your oil of
    inspiration and uplifting thought
    above itself into purer ideas.

    Joi Wilson, Sun Valley, California

  89. Hello Chet, That is one of my favorite citations.

  90. What a wonderful way to celebrate this event- National Bible week. Thank you, Chet

  91. Thanks for the gentle reminders Chet. As a Reader and daily strive to practice Christian Science every day in my life these are two of my favorite chapters in the Bible that I hold dear to my heart. Isaiah's prophecies really captured the essence of Jesus's ministry as mentioned in the Gospels. It is a joy ffinding myself in the scriptures and being annointed by the Christ Spirit of God for God's plan in my life to which I yield and humbly submit.

  92. Danke für deine wunderschöne und klare Aussprache!
    Und danke für deinen erhebenden Gedanken.

  93. Want a beautiful lift! Thank you Chet.