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While we strive and struggle and contend with the so-called powers of this world, 

combating sickness and sin or lack, spiritual sense reveals that "My kingdom is not of 

this world." Only as we transcend the desire to improve our humanhood do we 

understand this vital statement. When, however, we leave the realm of human betterment, 

we catch the first glimpse of the meaning of "I have overcome the world."

We have not overcome the world while we are seeking to have less of the world's pains 

and more of the world's pleasures and profits. And if we are not overcoming the sense of 

struggle over worldly affairs, we are not entering the realm of heavenly affairs.

"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world." Spiritual consciousness 

overcomes the world -- both the pains and pleasures of the world. We cannot accomplish 

this evangelization of humanhood by mental might or physical power, but by the spiritual 

sense of existence which all may cultivate through devotion of thought to the things of 

the Spirit. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and 

the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Here is the guide. Watch your 

thoughts, aims, and ambitions for just a short while and see if your mind is on your 

health, the pleasures of senses, or worldly gain. Then as these worldly thoughts appear, 

learn to reject them because now we are no longer set on the path of improving our 

human affairs, but on attaining the spiritual kingdom.

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, 

the love of the Father is not in him." Does this sound as if we were becoming ascetic? Do 

we appear now to be desiring a life apart from the normal, joyous, successful walks of 

life? Do not be deceived. Only those who have learned to keep their attention on spiritual 

things have tasted the full joys of home, companionship, and successful enterprise. Only 

those who have in a measure become centered in God have found safety, security, and 

peace right in the midst of a war torn world. Spiritual sense does not remove us from our 

normal surroundings, nor does it deprive us of the love and companionship so necessary 

to a full life. It merely places it on a higher level where it is no longer at the mercy of 

chance or change or loss, and where the spiritual value of the so-called human scene is 

made manifest.

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto 

everlasting life. . . . For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and 

peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."

When confronted with any human problem, instead of laboring for an improved human 

condition, turn from the picture and realize the presence of the divine Spirit in you. This 

Spirit dissolves the human seeming and reveals spiritual harmony, though to sight this 

harmony will appear as improved human health or wealth. When Jesus fed the multitude, 

it was his spiritual consciousness of abundance that appeared as loaves and fishes. When 

he healed the sick, it was his feeling of the divine Presence that appeared as health, 

strength, and harmony.

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