Lesson 47

“God is the Strength in which I trust.”
If you are trusting your own strength, you have every reason to be
apprehensive, anxious, and fearful.What can you predict or control?
What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you
the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem, and to resolve
them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in
you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the
guarantee that it will be accomplished?
Of yourself you can do none of these things.To believe that you
can is to put your trust where trust is unwarranted, and to justify
fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and sorrow. Who can put his faith in
weakness and feel safe? Yet who can put his faith in strength and
feel weak?
God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks for
Him in all situations and in every aspect of all situations, telling you
exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection.
There are no exceptions because God has no exceptions. And the
Voice Which speaks for Him thinks as He does.
Today we will try to reach past your own weakness to the
Source of real strength. Four five-minute practice periods are
necessary today, and longer and more frequent ones are urged. Close
your eyes and begin as usual by repeating today’s idea.Then spend a
minute or two in searching for situations in your life which you have
invested with fear, dismissing each one by telling yourself,
“God is the Strength in which I trust.”
Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of
inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation that causes you concern is
associated with feelings of inadequacy, since otherwise you would
believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by
trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of
God in you is successful in all things.
The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the
correction of your errors. But it is hardly a sufficient one in giving
you the confidence which you need and to which you are entitled.
You must also gain an awareness that your confidence in your real
strength is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances.
In the latter phase of the practice period, try to reach down into
your mind to a place of real safety.You will recognize that you have
reached it if you feel a deep peace, however briefly. Let go all the
trivial things that churn and bubble on the surface of your mind, and
reach down and below them to the Kingdom of Heaven.There is a
place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you
where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the
strength of God abides.
Repeat the idea for today often. Use it as your answer to any
disturbance. Remember that peace is your right because you are
giving your trust to the strength of God.

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