Given Thee From Above
by Mary Beth Singleterry
In the book of John, chapter 19, there are two verses that have meant a great deal to me. This chapter describes the dark events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In verse 10, Pilate, with all the arrogance of a godless man, jeeringly asks Jesus, “Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and power to release thee?” Jesus’ stirring answer echoes down through all ages with mighty import for us all: “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above”! His total conviction of the fact that God is the one and only Power and that there is no other lesser power, was what enabled Jesus to overcome completely all the wicked beliefs of hatred, pain, sin, and even death itself — an everlasting victory! The holiness of this event is unspeakable.
Jesus’ unflinching example under such dire straits shocked me into asking myself, how many times do I attribute power to something other than to God? I was not pleased with my answer and realized it was all too easy to be duped into believing this lie of a power apart from God. Mrs. Eddy speaks of a God-principle in Science and Health: “The God-principle is omnipresent and omnipotent. God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.” So I began the process of “unwinding my snarls” and to align myself with this operative principle, a law of God I could trust in. I would frequently remind myself that there was no power apart from God and to make sure I did not believe otherwise. Great changes began to take place. I began to have a sense of peace and joy that I had never before known to be possible. In some small way a resurrection was taking place, a resurrection out of the bondage and tyranny of the human mind.
It is good to ask oneself often, “Do I believe someone or something has a power over me other than God Almighty?” Is it a boss? Is it a domineering family member or friend? Is it the government? Does it call itself a doctor’s verdict? Is it the bullying tactics of mortal mind you have allowed to stream through your consciousness unchecked? If so, now is your time to stand up and challenge these insidious suggestions with the words of our Master, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above”! Mrs. Eddy told her students, “Error comes to you for life and you give it all the life it has.” Think of this! Don’t give the belief in error a power it doesn’t have! The Kingdom of God is within you. God is the only power and you can begin today, this very moment, to prove this wonderful Truth to be the truth about you!