Lessons In Truth - Lesson 1 - Annotation 10
What attitude of mind leads to complete deliverance from adversity? Where is victory first won?
10. The attitude of mind that leads to complete deliverance and freedom is right thinking. By the habit of right thinking we can build deep-seated faith in the power of God as the only activity in the outworking of good. By right thinking we learn to express love toward our fellowman; we are inspired with courage to meet life's issues and stirred to joy in living. When the positive attitude of right thinking has become the habitual trend, then faith, love, courage, joy, are a normal part of our day-to-day living.
Inherent in the attitudes mentioned is an acknowledgment of oneness with God as the source of all good; acknowledgment of our innate divinity; of our spiritual powers; and of our ability to make manifest the divine ideas that are our inheritance from God.
Victory is first won in our own soul, that is, in our consciousness (thinking and feeling). We must receive our own inspirations from the Spirit of God within, and make our own overcomings. Prayer is the means of contact with God that enables us to receive the inspirations that make us master of our soul.
Meditation and prayer help us to establish the attitude of mind that is freeing. Our thinking and feeling then conform to divine ideas, and our actions and reactions become affirmative habits. In learning to exercise our spiritual dominion and authority over all the activities of our consciousness, we are able to harmonize our outer world with the inner world of Spirit. This is the victory that rightfully belongs to every child of God!
Preceding Entry: Can man escape adversity by trying to run away from it?
Following Entry: What do we mean by the nature of God? Name and explain some of the other names used to define the different aspects of God.