Contend for Mind’s control

May 13, 2022 | 17 comments

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Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against the control of Mind over body, and deny the power of Mind to heal.

~ Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 380

Divine Mind has complete control over the body, but if thought is contending for error, instead of for Mind’s control, it might seem like something else is in control of the body other than divine Mind.

To stay healthy, contend for divine Mind’s control. Be wise to not let mortal mind contend for disease in the form of looking at disease, dwelling on it, fearing it, and believing it is real. Strip disease of any “claim to fame,” and see divine Mind producing health instead. The effect is much better.

17 thoughts on “Contend for Mind’s control”

  1. I love the words ALL and Only..Spiritual sense informes me that God is All and the ONLY influence in my life.
    The five physical senses falsely present a view that I live in a material body that must be maintained according to false material rules..
    By listening to spiritual sense I can experience only Love’s control over ALL. God is my ALL and the ONLY controlling influence in my life. My body is the manifestation of that control.

  2. Merci beaucoup Evan pour cette belle inspiration. Justement ce matin, j’ai ressenti la nécessité de demander à Dieu ce que je devais voir et Il m’a répondu « Crois seulement. »
    Parfois, les luttes incessantes nous poussent à chercher une amélioration dans la matière, pourtant, lorsque l’inspiration divine offre Sa lumière, la Vérité est visible et envahie notre pensée.
    Un immense merci pour ces inspirations de chaque jour qui sont toujours justes et appropriés. Belle journée.

  3. The same is true for healing relationships. I recently found myself trying to figure out why a relationship had gone south. I would review incidents and conversations. I would try to logic it out. I would talk to the other person to explain but to no avail. I began to realize I was trying to make sense of nothingness. I was trying to find answers in mortal mind. By trying to point out evil I was declaring its reality. In that way, I was defending evil.. I was not contending for D. Mind. So instead I have been blessing those who curse you. I have been praying for those who hate me to be blessed in every aspect of their lives. It was very hard at first. But hives that had covered my body are gone. And I am seeing more joy in my day.

    1. Thank you Casey for inspiring thoughts on the issue of relationships. I have been trying to figure out problems in a couple of relationships and your post has helped me to see how I’ve been approaching it all wrong! Thankful for the inspiration and thankful for your healing!

  4. Merci beaucoup, Pascale- Crois suelement.
    Thank you, John- Only and All.
    Thank you Evan – pointing to believing only in the honest, goodness and Truth of divine Mind, all Love, seulement.

    Thank you, God for making us and holding us always only in your perfect care, unfolding us as your precious ideas in harmony and health today and always.

    We are so blessed.

  5. Which side of the argument you employ may win for a time if it not be for the Truth of Divine Mind. Ultimately Divine Mind never gives up control, but the human mind often rushes to its own conclusions in fear that it may be need more than All to find the right solution. All in All is all there is.

  6. Thank you, Angie, as always. Also, if a you have missed this week’s Sentinel audio podcast, it’s Mark Swinney, it’s a must!

    Love to all,

  7. Thank you Angie – a great article by Mark Swinney, so clearly explained.

    The following hymn came to mind: Words by Peter HennikerHeaton

    HYMN 591
    We cannot turn away from God
    Because whichever way we face,
    Spirit is there.
    In every place, every direction, everywhere,,
    Spirit is there.

    Whether we turn to left or right,
    To north or south or east or west,
    We meet with Love –
    And we are blessed, upward or down, below, above,
    We meet with Love.

    Whether we plunge to ocean trench
    Or plot our course to farthest place,
    Love’s law controls,
    Whatever race we enter towards, whatever goals,
    Love’s law controls.

    Whether we build for centuries hence,
    Or let tomorrow bound our aim,
    \God sets the pace
    Always the same, with instant and eternal grace,
    God sets the pace.

    1. Maggie thanks for the hymn. The second verse says, “Whether we turn to left or right, or north or south or east or west, we meet with Love.” That reminded me of Isaiah 30:21,
      “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Another translation says,
      “And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.”
      This says to me that even when we seem to turn our gaze away from God and start contending (arguing for) a material viewpoint, God is still there directing us, guiding His dear sheep back to right thinking and right paths.

      Evan I love today’s photo, it is beautiful and gave me a feeling of expansiveness and freedom.

      1. Thank you, Rose for sharing the inspiration you gained from the hymn. The author may
        well have found that passage from Isaiah helpful.

        Incidentally, if you haven’t read the author’s testimony, it is worth reading. He was for years paralysed, and kept on studying and relying on
        Christian Science to heal him, and was eventually healed
        So he knew what he was writing about as he had looked mentally in every direction for God’s healing, and eventually found it. You can find the healing and some of his articles via google.

  8. Quotes by others:
    – Mortal mind is the opposite of the real & true Mind. It’s not a mind we want or cherish. We want to be so quick to give up mortal mind for Immortal Mind, that we are able to quickly see what God is seeing and knowing about a situation. This means be willing to relinquish our own human perspective and humbly open up to the one Mind who governs and guides the entire universe. (John Biggs)
    – Mind’s influence = spiritual inspiration. A mortal thought is silenced through the influence of divine Mind. God’s idea is in Mind and influenced ONLY by Mind.
    – Every aspect of God’s creation is perfect because of Mind’s precision.
    – Every idea dwells in Mind. You can’t have an idea that’s outside of Mind. Each idea lives in Mind, is governed by Mind, and every one of God’s children is an idea of God, living in the Mind which is God.

  9. Thank you very much Evan for the Truth you give us with this SpiritView. The foto up here says for me, lifting our thoughts and eyes above mortal mind into the heaven of divine Mind where all is good and healthy. So let`s strip deseas of “any claim to fame” and see divine Mind producing Health instead! Often in various situations I prayed and knew that omnipresent and omniscient and omnipotent GOD is in loving and total control ! I am very grateful to God, Christ Jesus and Mrs. Eddy that Christian Science teaches us a full understanding what and who God really is, and that is endlessly wonderful !

    Thank you a lot, and I am very grateful for all the many wonderful inspirations given here so generously from all the dear SpiritView Friends and Fans. Dear Evan, always thanks very very much for SpiritView! :=)

  10. Thank you for this useful message! What a happy outlook. It makes me strive to be a good representation of God’s image and likeness, which is stressed in Christian Science based on Jesus’ teachings.

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