If we continue to seek after God and His kingdom and His righteousness: be His humble servant in great matters - we take great care to do so in small matters.
It seems that everywhere one turns, the world appears to promise us contentment and happiness. However, the contentment and happiness are that the world offers are fleeting and incomplete. What Christ offers each one of us is an all-encompassing and everlasting contentment.
It is through us - members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where we are able to bring the message of hope, the message of healing, and to encourage one another. To engage in missionary work and be of service to our neighbors in the hopes of giving them an invitation to come and see and to hopefully come unto Christ and partake in the blessings of the Restored Gospel.
My sin was not placing my #faith, #confidence, and #trust in #Christ in order to draw closer to Him. Instead, I relied on my own efforts and strengths.
The harsh reality is this - there is no perfect healthy congregation - not until we pass on to the other side of the veil. In fact, what makes a truly healthy and vibrant congregation of believers? One that has individuals on their own spiritual journeys and growth. Mature members who are strong in the faith meeting with those who are new to the faith and are just starting out their own spiritual journey and growth. Investigators and visitors who are coming in to see how we worship and what we teach.
It is not that God is in charge to free me from the suffering and pain I'd endure in early recovery.
True and authentic forgiveness begins when we learn to love ourselves. To see who I am in the eyes of my Heavenly Father. To love Him first and foremost gives me the ability to in turn love others as I love myself. Because he is mercy and just in forgiving me - I too need to be merciful and just in forgiving others
For today - I seek God's grace, the forgiveness of my sins through the infinite power of the atonement and continue my path toward that blessed hope and inheritance. It is because of the voice of Grace that I shall be in paradise with my Savior and my Heavenly Father.
Since I have established a true connection with my Heavenly Father - I am able to experience the genuine love, mercy, and discipline needed to grow. And it is the same love I am able to stretch forth and express toward others within my family, within my place of employment, within my home, and out in the community. To Love God with all my might, mind, and strength helps me learn to grow and love myself with dignity, appreciation, and respect.
My thoughts turn to Proverbs 9:10 - Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In the serenity prayer, we seek after acceptance, courage, and wisdom. Acceptance in knowing that there are things in life we are not able to control. Courage to make necessary changes in our lives. And wisdom to understand and know the difference between what we need to accept because we can't change it; and courage to strive and make those changes we are able to make.
Though we may be adults physically, we may perceive ourselves as children who have had to carry burdens we ought to have never carried. And while the program offers us the hope of learning how to parent that inner child, I rest on the reality and faith that it is by coming to my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, as a humbled child who is broken, living in fear, and feeling inadequate to receive the blessing and promise of healing. It is through the Holy Spirit that comfort is felt.
My own spiritual journey and recovery has shown what true masculinity is all about. The character and integrity. Finding joy, since happiness requires right circumstances, means to come to a place of experiencing life - regardless of the good, bad, and those ugly moments.
Our faith starts out small and seems quite insignificant. Yet it has a powerful potential to grow and develop into something that is formidable. This is evidenced with the contrast that such faith can move mountains. In other words - as we cultivate our faith in Jesus Christ. Nurture it from its germination. Cultivate it as it grows and maintain its active growth. Our faith becomes powerful enough to influence and change the course of our lives.
The very heart of worship is our complete willingness to not only surrender our life and will over to God; but that we are willing and able to submit to seek His will and good pleasure for our lives. This is what is meant when the savior taught that if we lose our lives for His sake - we shall find it and there will a life of abundance
Faith is the driving factor to us going forward into this new year with purpose and meaning. The Apostle Paul taught that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). And in Alma 32:21 we read that ...faith is not to have perfect knowledge of things;
Today, we have faced the challenge of a pandemic that impacted our world. A pandemic that seems to have changed the course and fabric of the way we live our lives. This came on the heels of the end of chaos, violence, and protests that had occupied our society and culture the previous year. To say the least, we are ever living in times of increasing uneasiness,
True repentance, living the Gospel of Christ, experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, and being transformed into Christ's image and likeness is a process we all experience in this life. In order for this to occur, we are asked to do three powerful things.
Jesus never asked me to do what comes naturally. The mind he cultivates within me will have nothing to do with self-serving accomplishments. It will have drive and ambition, to be sure, but not in the direction I once pursued. No, I may be consumed with a vision for a heavenly unity, and will realize that the only way to have it is to serve others. I come to a place to where my reputation is no greater than another person's reputation and dignity. And I will not care for my own reputation nearly as much as I desire to care for the reputation of God's kingdom. Service through Jesus Christ means we are making a name for His Kingdom and His Glory alone. One borne out of sacrifice and humility on my part.
There are oft times when I found myself needing guidance regarding given situations. My usual tendency was to pray for direction. However, I have come to learn that my Heavenly Father has a better way. I no longer seek direction. Instead, I seek wisdom and the direction before me becomes clear. Merely praying for direction limits God to providing information. Pray to seek wisdom and God grants one a Godly mindset. As Peter says, we become partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Part of that divine nature is the mindset of God.
Seeking after my own interests begins when I mistrust God's wisdom and guidance. This is what I have come to understand about my own personal sinful nature. When I give over to choose my own will over God's I am essentially mistrusting him and trusting in my own self motivations. Such idea has become quite absurd since I have come to understand the basic teachings of scripture: God's will and care for my life is in his best interest.
Photo by Kun Fotografi on Pexels.com My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.~ Doctrine and Covenants 121: 7-8 ~ Life presses all kinds of … Continue reading May Our Burdens be Light as we Live Faithfully and Mindfully
When we seek God - we seek to live a life that is spiritually abundant and full of grace and truth.
Genuine faith stems from genuine humility. Our humility and faith is shaped from those trials we face in our lives. We are richly blessed beyond measure. The challenge is to keep ourselves humble regardless of how blessed we are. I also want to add that humility is the means in which we shore up treasures in heaven and not here on earth (see Matthew 6:19-20). It is not one of many Christian Virtues. It is the root of all Christian virtues. Humility is the root of genuine faith in God.
Let us approach the throne of God in humble submission. Quietness of mind and heart. Devoting ourselves in praise and worship with eternal gratitude for the gift of the Infinite Atonement through Jesus Christ. His sacrifice provided a way for us to enter into the Kingdom of God.
Dare we imagine Christ saying to those whom he ministered "Go, have faith God will heal you." and turn his back on them? How dare we stand and shame and turn our backs toward those faithfully coming to us and seeking relief? Do you not understand how much courage and humility it takes for an individual to rise out of their own shame and guilt - hand outstretched and asking for sustenance, kindness, mercy, and grace?
When we deny ourselves and trust in God, we are empowered to walk humbly with him and act justly, and to love with mercy.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.~ Galatians 6:14, KJV ~ Photo by Vanderlei Longo on Pexels.com ~ January 17, 2020 Devotional ~ Christ's sacrifice on the cross ought to be profoundly humbling … Continue reading Humbled by His Sacrifice
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. ~ 1 John 1:6, ESV ~ We convince ourselves that by shutting the door to the reality of our past experiences - we believe ourselves ready to begin a life of living honestly and … Continue reading The first step is honesty
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7, ESV ~ Our innate desire to control may lead us to an overemphasis on achieving certain outcomes. This may be related to our need for competitiveness and belief that winning is everything. No matter how we … Continue reading Fight the Good Fight
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12, ESV ~ Developing compassion means we have a deep feeling of sympathy and sorrow for ourselves, and others, who are hurting, in pain, or has misfortune. It is also a strong desire to help … Continue reading Clothe Ourselves with Compassion