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This may all be summed up in Paul's words: "Set your affection on things above, not on 

things on the earth."

We are living in a spiritual universe, but the finite sense has set a picture before us of 

limitation. While thought is on the picture before us - "this world" -- we are engaged in 

the constant effort to improve or change it. As soon as we lift our vision -- take thought 

off what we shall eat and drink and wear -- we begin to behold spiritual reality which 

appears to us as improved beliefs, but which really is more-appearing of reality. This 

more-appearing reality brings with it joys untold here and now, pleasures beyond our 

wildest imagination and the love of all with whom we come in contact, even the love of 

those who do not know the source of the new life we have discovered.

"Peace I leave with, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you."

"Now we have received , not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God. . . . 

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which 

the Holy Ghost teacheth. . . . But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of 

God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are 

spiritually discerned."

How often do we go on the rocks on this point! How frequently do we attempt to 

understand spiritual wisdom with our human intellect! This leads to mental indigestion 

because we are attempting to digest spiritual food with our educated mentality. It will not 

work. Truth is not a reasoning process; therefore, it must be spiritually discerned. Truth 

does not as a rule appeal to our reason, and when it appears to do so, we must search 

deeply to see if it really is truth. Be suspicious of a truth that seems reasonable.

Jesus, walking on the water, feeding the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes, healing 

the sick and raising the dead--does all this seem reasonable to you? If the principle 

underlying these experiences could be understood through reason, all the churches would 

be teaching it as a present possibility and they would recommend its practice. But this 

principle is apparent only to spiritual sense, and this cultivated spiritual consciousness 

can do the things that the Christ has ever done. What was possible to Christ- 

consciousness in Jesus' time is possible to the same Consciousness now.

We now are engaged in the cultivation of that spiritual sense and we shall succeed in 

proportion as we relax our mental struggle and become receptive to those things which 

the Spirit of God teaches. Instead of trying to make Spirit operate upon our human bodies 

and material affairs, let us learn to disregard these mortal pictures and keep our vision on 

things above. When we "come down to earth again," we shall find the discords and 

limitations of sense disappearing and more of reality appearing.

The kingdom of God does not consist of more and better matter, nor does it necessarily 

include a greater vocabulary of truth. Yet the fruitage of spiritual understanding is greater 

harmony, peace, prosperity, joy, and more ideal companionships and relationships.

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