God Works Through You
by Dr. Robert A. Russell
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This is the first in a series of two excellent books originally self-published by the author in 1957 in which each title begins with the words, "God Works." These rare gems represent Scientific Christianity at its very best, providing clear, concise explanations of Biblical phrases with their metaphysical interpretations, and how to apply the teachings to everyday life. These long lost books have been out of print for many years and original copies are extremely hard to find.
Chapter 1 – God Works Through You
Chapter 2 – God Works Through a United Self
Chapter 3 – God Works Through Agreement
Chapter 4 – God Works Through the Kingdom
Chapter 5 – God Works Through the Law
Chapter 6 – God Works in the NowChapter 8 – God Works Through Truth
This book is for those who have never tried to prove God, those who think they have tried, those who have tried and failed, those who still have hope and for those who are daily proving Him. This book is for YOU.
The purpose of this book is fivefold:
1. To bring you into a true relationship with the Laws of God.
2. To give you a tried and true remedy for human ills, problems and needs.
3. To make real the things which you know but have not experienced.
4. To give form and substance to your prayers, treatments and desires.
5. To lead you to discover the Real You.
J. Lowrey Fendrich tells the story of a Chinese philosopher who once came to a missionary and offered to pay him to translate a portion of the New Testament for him each day. The missionary agreed, and for the first lesson opened the Bible and read aloud the words, After this manner therefore, pray ye: Our Father—.
To his surprise the aged Chinese stopped him and said, "That will be enough for today."
A year later he returned and said he was ready for the second lesson.
"I thought," said the missionary, "that you employed me to read to you every day."
"I did," replied the old man, "but it took me a year to understand this much."
The words in this book are only challenges. The real substance of the lessons is contained between the lines. This means that you should mark, learn and inwardly digest them as you read. As Isaiah said, you will have to wait upon the Lord. You will have to condition your mind through meditation and contemplation. The more you study the lessons, the more light and understanding you will receive. Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart [Soul].
One of my earliest efforts to put the Truth into print was called This Works. It has long been out of print, but requests for copies still reach me. Those who so faithfully remember the pamphlet will recognize that the material it contained is embraced by this volume.
I have written half the book, but you must write the other half—not on paper but in your daily life. It remains for you to embody the thought in your consciousness. May each hour spent in the study of these lessons bring you manifold blessings!
Robert A. Russell
GOD WORKS THROUGH YOU
You are entering the area of metaphysics—an organized area with followers working together today under such names as Christian Scientists, Mental Scientists, Divine Scientists, New Thoughters, Religious Scientists and followers of Unity.
It must have been a shock to the world at large when the word science was first associated with religion, for the two fields were for so long almost diametrically opposed, despite the fact that long ago the law and order apparent in the world of nature (growth patterns, the planetary systems, man's physiological structure, for example) were advanced as proof of the existence of a Creator, a Planner, an Organizer. But recent discoveries are compelling scientists in general to conclude that the God of the Christian and the Principle of Law and Order in the natural world may well be one and the same.
Hear what only a few of them are saying now, and read as widely as you will the vast amount of material available on the subject.
Max Planck, the discoverer of the quantum theorem says, "Our impulse to gain knowledge demands a unified view of the world and therefore requires that the two powers should be identified with one another which are everywhere effective and yet still mysterious, namely, the world order of science and the God of religion."
Richard Blair stated, "Lord Rutherford showed more than any other worker that the ultimate structure of matter is energy. Now all energy must become concentrated before it can be translated into terms of power or of matter. It goes without saying that energy cannot transform itself into the immaterial components of the atom. Energy is simply the raw material of creation, lying ready for use by the Mind of the Shaping Spirit; and it is the spiritual formation alone that constitutes man's eternal identity, distinct and individual. . . . Today's increase of knowledge and spiritual perception are showing that around and within each atom—around each spiritual concentration of energy—there exists the intangibles, the true stuff of creation—intelligence, consciousness, memory, and the directive forces of life."
Harris Elliot Kirk makes this statement: "Science now knows that when dealing with atoms, protons, and electrons, it is not in touch with reality. They are not things at all, but convenient names to describe radiation in certain localities. What these waves are no one knows; they may be thoughts, but they are certainly not things. Thus matter loses all semblance of substantiality. Models and machines fail entirely to illustrate these new conceptions, and mathematical symbols take their place. Thus physics becomes as abstract as metaphysics, and science joins hands with philosophy."
G. N. M. Tyrrell concludes that "Once we have begun to see the universe and ourselves in true perspective, and to realize the incomprehensible vastness of both, Religion will re-enter the picture, not in the form of a stereotyped institution, but as the core of Reality, integral with science, with philosophy, and with the whole of human experience."
These trends delight the metaphysician who recognizes the constant unchanging Presence of God—a God so close to man that He is the Father Within—a God among whose synonyms are Creative Energy, Life, Truth, Power, Intelligence.
Even Einstein's formidable equation E = MC2 (Energy = Mass times the velocity of light squared) becomes significant when in layman's word the theory of relativity boils down to something like this: Energy can be converted to mass and mass to energy. Matter and energy are the same thing in two different shapes. Here is Unity; here is Cause; here is the natural world in which we live and here too is evidence of that supernatural world in which we find our Being.
Since we believe that we receive the things that we seek on this plane to the degree that we accept the Power and Presence of God, that is, on the level of our acceptance of Oneness with Him, Alexis Carrel's words become most significant: "Prayer is not only worship; it is also an invisible emanation of one's worshipping spirit . . the most powerful form of energy that one can generate." The equation of the scientist says the essence of matter is transmutable into energy and vice versa.
The logical steps in the mastery of any science are these: first, discover the underlying principle—learn what it is; second, discover how it works—the modus operandi; third, make use of it in the way it works—cooperate with it. In spiritual work we say: Find out what God is; discover His Laws; and then live by Them.
WHAT IS GOD?
God is the Creative Principle, Mind, symbolized in the Scriptures as the Father. He is the embodiment of all Law, Substance, Intelligence, Love and Power. He not only contains all things within Himself but knows nothing outside Himself.
WHAT IS CHRIST?
Christ is the connecting link between man and God. He is referred to in the Scriptures as the Son. The Christ Mind is aware in two directions, for it is conscious of both God and man.
WHAT IS MAN?
Man is personality. He is symbolized in the Scripture as the carnal, fleshly or human mind. But man is the highest creation of God not only because he is made in God's image and likeness but also because he is endowed with the power of choice, with self-will, which calls for the use of intelligence. He can utilize all three phases of mind in his living; Mind (God), the subjective mind (the subconscious is the bridge between God and man), the human mind (the objective, conscious mind).
WHO ARE YOU?
This is what you have to determine. Your task is to learn who you are and what your relationship to God is. You have the power to make or mar your life, to choose the direction in which you move.
You probably without effort recognize that there are at least three of you—the you that others see, the you that you believe yourself to be, and the you that you really are. There is confusion among the three undoubtedly, for the first you tends to respond to others on the level of their expectation, the second inclines to over-estimate or underrate itself, and the third is the product of individual and race experiences.
Seldom are the three you's synchronized. Do you not sometimes think or say, "Surely I didn't do that. It isn't like me," or "Now, why did I say that? I didn't really mean it"?
But there is another You—the most important You of all—the Real You.
The title of this chapter gives the book its name and it is for you this book is written in the hope that through it you may find the Real You—the Spiritual You.
I, the author, know at least two things about you now. You are seeking a religion that will satisfy you, one that will meet your needs. I know too that your search is the result of divine discontent. I suspect that you approach it with a little fear in your heart and consequently with some reservations. Many persons with a childhood background of orthodox religion struggle with a sense of disloyalty as they begin this kind of study. Possibly they feel they are letting their parents down when they break away from the creed which they were taught. They may fear to lose what little faith they have
Your search will not be destructive to your previous religious acceptance. Metaphysics can build upon any religious belief; it enlarges upon it, gives it new meaning, breathes the breath of life into it, translates it in terms of a working religion through which you may achieve the desires of your heart. Even the words of the old hymns take on new meanings.
As a child you probably asked, "Where is God?" The answer was, "God is everywhere." Well, "God is everywhere" is the basic principle of metaphysics, for we recognize Him as Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient. He becomes the Father Within to you when you accept the words of Jesus literally: I and my Father are one. . . I am in the Father and the Father in me. . . . I can of mine own self do nothing. . . . The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
You make use of the latest developments in mechanical power; your daily living is transformed by them. In taking the step forward into this broadened area of religion, you are recognizing that religion too evolves. If you read your Bible, you cannot help knowing the great change in the concept of God that took place with the coming of Jesus.
In your study of this book, in your absorption of the Principles it presents, in your daily, hourly Practice of the Presence, you should find the Real You who is One with the Father, the You who has dominion, the You who knows true peace.
It is not possible to list all of the synonyms for God, for He is All-There-Is. He is to you what you believe Him to be. In Him, you find the answer to a specific need or the sense of well-being and security you so earnestly desire.
In the Old Testament, God is called The Lord God Almighty, the Creator, Jehovah, God of Hosts, God of Heaven, Holy One, Most High, Most High God.
In the New Testament, God is a spirit. He comes so close to us that He becomes the Father. Jesus speaks of Him as The Father that dwelleth in me and says I and the Father are one.
He is described as eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, invisible, unsearchable; his attributes are holiness, justice, knowledge, wisdom, power, understanding, faithfulness, truth, mercy, goodness, and love.
Metaphysicians also interpret these concepts by such terms as Divine Energy, Principle, Law.
You have taken the first step in your study. Mentally at least you know who and what God is, but of course, you do not know Him until you prove Him for yourself.
The second step in the study of a science is the discovery of its laws—the way it works. Since these are stated definitely in the Scriptures, they are not hard to find. Here we have listed those which are discussed in detail in this book and have also indicated the chapters devoted specifically to each Law.
1. I and the Father are one.
Chapter 2. God Works Through a United Self
Chapter 3. God Works Through Agreement
2. The kingdom of God is within you.
Chapter 4. God Works Through the Kingdom
3. The law of the Lord is perfect.
Chapter 5. God Works Through the Law
4. Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.
Chapter 6. God Works in the Now
5. With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
In everything, give thanks.
Chapter 7. God Works Through Thanksgiving
6. Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Chapter 8. God Works Through Truth