The Lame Walk

Wednesday Readings: The Lame Walk

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the October 7, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

The Bible

Ps 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. 

Deut 10:12 what,13
what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good? 

Matt 15:29-31
And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. 

John 9:41 (to 1st ,)
Jesus said unto them,

John 14:1,1,13,15
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 

If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

Mark 2:1-12
And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.  And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.  But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. 

Jer 7:21 (to ;),23 Obey
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;

Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Ps 89:15-18

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.  In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.  For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.  For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. 

Matt 7:7 (to ;)
Ask, and it shall be given you;

Ps 56:13 wilt not
wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? 

Acts 3:1-8
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 

Ps 119:1,2
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.  Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 

II Sam 22:33
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. 

II John 1:3-6

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.  I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.  And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

241:21-24
Our Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness.

192:27
We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics.  Christianity is the basis of true healing.  Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power. 

210:11
Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation.  Jesus healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical process. 

369:5,16
In proportion as matter loses to human sense all entity as man, in that proportion does man become its master.  He enters into a diviner sense of the facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead, and walking over the wave.  All these deeds manifested Jesus' control over the belief that matter is substance, that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any form of existence. 

Jesus never asked if disease were acute or chronic, and he never recommended attention to laws of health, never gave drugs, never prayed to know if God were willing that a man should live.  He understood man, whose Life is God, to be immortal, and knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible. 

375:17,21
The genuine Christian Scientist is adding to his patient's mental and moral power, and is increasing his patient's spirituality while restoring him physically through divine Love. 
  Palsy is a belief that matter governs mortals, and can paralyze the body, making certain portions of it motionless.  Destroy the belief, show mortal mind that muscles have no power to be lost, for Mind is supreme, and you cure the palsy. 

243:16 The head
The head, heart, lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy, diseased, consumptive, or lame.  If this information is conveyed, mortal mind conveys it.  Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter, the inanimate substratum of mortal mind, can carry on such telegraphy; for God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," and matter has neither intelligence nor sensation. 

486:27
If the five corporeal senses were the medium through which to understand God, then palsy, blindness, and deafness would place man in a terrible situation, where he would be like those "having no hope, and without God in the world;" but as a matter of fact, these calamities often drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence. 

286:1-6
To seek Truth through belief in a human doctrine is not to understand the infinite.  We must not seek the immutable and immortal through the finite, mutable, and mortal, and so depend upon belief instead of demonstration, for this is fatal to a knowledge of Science.

423:27-31
Ossification or any abnormal condition or derangement of the body is as directly the action of mortal mind as is dementia or insanity.  Bones have only the substance of thought which forms them.

173:17

Anatomy declares man to be structural.  Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and sinews, and human life by material law.  Man is spiritual, individual, and eternal; material structure is mortal. 

143:17-23
You admit that mind influences the body somewhat, but you conclude that the stomach, blood, nerves, bones, etc., hold the preponderance of power.  Controlled by this belief, you continue in the old routine.  You lean on the inert and unintelligent, never discerning how this deprives you of the available superiority of divine Mind.

422:22-5
Let us suppose two parallel cases of bone-disease, both similarly produced and attended by the same symptoms.  A surgeon is employed in one case, and a Christian Scientist in the other.  The surgeon, holding that matter forms its own conditions and renders them fatal at certain points, entertains fears and doubts as to the ultimate outcome of the injury.  Not holding the reins of government in his own hands, he believes that something stronger than Mind--namely, matter--governs the case.  His treatment is therefore tentative.  This mental state invites defeat.  The belief that he has met his master in matter and may not be able to mend the bone, increases his fear; yet this belief should not be communicated to the patient, either verbally or otherwise, for this fear greatly diminishes the tendency towards a favorable result.

423:8-26
The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the truth of being, to destroy the error.  This corrective is an alterative, reaching to every part of the human system.  According to Scripture, it searches "the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of man. 
The matter-physician deals with matter as both his foe and his remedy.  He regards the ailment as weakened or strengthened according to the evidence which matter presents.  The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and conscious power.  Both Science and consciousness are now at work in the economy of being according to the law of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy.

406:20 We can
We can, and ultimately shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direction of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go on until we arrive at the fulness of God's idea, and no more fear that we shall be sick and die.  Inharmony of any kind involves weakness and suffering,--a loss of control over the body. 

326:3-20
  If we wish to follow Christ, Truth, it must be in the way of God's appointing.  Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." He, who would reach the source and find the divine remedy for every ill, must not try to climb the hill of Science by some other road.  All nature teaches God's love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual. 
  We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored, if we would gain the Christ as our only Saviour.  Not partially, but fully, the great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the body. 
  The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now.  This point won, you have started as you should.  You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement.

227:26
The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and defaced the tablet of your being. 

342:21-26
  Christian Science awakens the sinner, reclaims the infidel, and raises from the couch of pain the helpless invalid.  It speaks to the dumb the words of Truth, and they answer with rejoicing.  It causes the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.

242:9
  There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way.  It is to know no other reality--to have no other consciousness of life--than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses. 

227:23-26
Jesus marked out the way.  Citizens of the world, accept the "glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free!  This is your divine right.

390:32-2
Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, ^alias^ matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.

391:29-32
Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,--as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.

393:12
Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good.  God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man. 

264:10
We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being. 


Hymn 384
Hymn 139, 427   
Hymn 460 

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