Series 2 - Lesson 10 - Annotation 10
How does man exercise control of his faculties and all their expressions?
10. Man exercises control of his faculties (abilities) and their outer expression when the will faculty has been educated and trained by understanding to cooperate with the will (plan) of God. "Not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42).
As already mentioned, the will is the executive power of the mind, and thus the director and controller of the various faculties and their outer expressions. In order to exercise this control in a righteous manner, the will must function consciously with understanding and always under the guidance of the Christ, or I AM.
When the will functions apart from the faculty of understanding, we experience adverse conditions in our life. Ignorant thinking on our part forms the substance of mind and body into inharmonious states of consciousness, which result in similar outer conditions.
"Thought control is established by aligning the thoughts with the mind of Christ, bringing every thought into harmonious relation to eternal, unchangeable principles" (METAPHYSICAL BIBLE DICTIONARY, Thought).
On the other hand, when the will faculty functions with understanding, it works in cooperation with the will of God. Then divine wisdom becomes the guiding light and all our faculties are able to express in divine order.
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Following Entry: How should children be taught in their formative years to use will and understanding?