As this day unfolds, seek our Heavenly Father's will and walk faithfully in obedience to His word. When you entrust your life to Him without reservation, He will give you the courage to meet any challenge, the strength to endure any trial, and the wisdom to live in His righteousness and in His peace.
By setting pure intentions and living with purpose and meaning through Jesus Christ, other people's opinion and understanding of who we are becomes unimportant. We are not here to please others. And, when it comes to our opinion of ourselves - we adopt the eternal perception of who we are through Christ Jesus. Sons and Daughters of the Most High.
We take up our cross daily and walk in mercy and grace. Love toward God. Love toward others. By this - men may know we are true and worthy disciples of Jesus Christ.
We ought to be humbled as Christ humbled himself. The cost of our discipleship may never match the cost of Christ's sacrifice. However, our cost of discipleship is our worthy attitude and behavior as we become living sacrifices unto God through faithful obedience (Romans 12:1-2).
It is when those friendships that place us in situations where we are tempted to dishonor God through disobedience that we need to step away from.
As we grow in spiritual truth and understanding - we grow in confidence and assurance of our faith. The result is that we bear much fruit that is desirable to all.
As genuine believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, when we willingly make those choices that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father, we are blessed. Choices that draw us closer to Christ and walk in his footsteps gives us a life that is full of abundance and peace. A life of abundance and peace that are promised to each one of us.
The pure love of Christ is not above obedience to the commandments and will of God. It is inseparable with our call to faithfully obey the will of God and all that he has commanded us. It is also greater than our faith. It requires us to be humble and contrite in our spirit. Keeping us fixed on the way to minister, associate, and develop and grow into a Christ-like character and nature.
Our willingness to trust God today and every day that we live, entrusting ourselves in Christ, we are rest assured that our future is secure. Confident that He will provide our needs temporally and spiritually.
We have a daily opportunity to develop and strengthen our faith through daily prayer, meditation, and scripture study. And it begins when we submit ourselves over to the care of our Heavenly Father. It begins when we center our faith on Jesus Christ and His infinite atonement. When you commit yourself over to the transformation and renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1-2) you become a man of covenant - a living sacrifice who worships God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Fashioned unto those good things our Heavenly Father has prepared for each one of us (Ephesians 2:10).
Reflecting on what it may mean for me to live out a more genuine and true Christian Faith. It meant experiencing all that life offers. The suffering, the abundance, the blessings, the famine - all the seasons of my own existence. It meant shedding myself of all the fears, doubts, and insecurities. It is a progress of moving forward to be complete and whole.
Listening for God is a spiritual discipline that takes time to cultivate. And we cultivate this when we take the time to read and study the scriptures.
Today, our young men and women face those challenges. It is up to us to lead and guide them. Influence them toward understanding their true divine heritage, divine purpose, and divine destiny. Hold them accountable and give them the discipline they need to continue holding strong to the covenant path of righteousness.
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All we are called to do is bring the message of hope to those suffering and offer to be their fellow traveler and guide as they find their own path and journey through the recovery process. Encountering and experiencing God as they understand Him.
Rising to my own personal potential means that I put the plan in action. That I take the necessary steps and follow through. This requires my level of motivation and commitment regarding my desire and intent. By putting forth my best effort - my Heavenly Father will bring about those blessings.
I have come to learn that when I feel abandoned by Christ. Abandoned by my Heavenly Father and that I feel abandoned by Christian fellowship - it is not that they had abandoned me. It is me having abandoned them. Whether it is out of fear of showing my vulnerability and weakness or hiding in my own shame and guilt of what I continue to carry with me from my family dysfunction.
This is a response to a post written by Melanie Redd, entitled: An open letter to my friend who has stopped going to church. The article is inspiring, heartfelt, and encouraging. So, what is the reason to respond to this post? It is not merely the post itself, it is also the comments posted and … Continue reading Reason I’ve stopped attending Church
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Andrew Soncrant attempts to provide a "powerful explanation and refutation" when he questions the eighth article of faith in two separate videos published at Apologia Church of Utah's YouTube Channel. In the first video, Soncrant attempts to cast doubt on the authenticity and authority of the Book of Mormon. He appears to do this by … Continue reading Questioning Andrew Soncrant's First Part of his "Powerful Explanation and Refutation" of the Eighth Article of Faith
Our faith in Jesus Christ is a motivation for us to continue to increase in our spiritual growth and faith. The more we increase in our faith the more we receive in blessings, inheritances, and fulfillment of promises. Some of those promises may be delayed.
Like all other faithful predecessors (Adam on down to Noah) the priesthood authority after the order of the Son of God continued to be faithfully preserved. It is the order of which Christ is referred to as our High Priest.
The invitation for us to place our faith in Christ, repent and seek forgiveness for our sins and trespasses, and willingly to deny ourselves and lose our lives for the sake of Christ is an invitation to enter into sacred covenants through those true ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today, we make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. Those covenants we make bare the signs, tokens, and symbols that help remind us of those sacred covenants. These signs, tokens, and symbols not only help remind us of our Heavenly Father's grace and faithfulness toward us, but it also reminds us of our willingness to continually seek Him and conform to His will for our lives.
Thus, to have the Lord's Spirit strive with us means that we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to rule over our hearts and minds. To judge us and guide us into those moral truths of our Heavenly Father. It is therefore to this end that we understand how the Holy Spirit is limited to how long it will strive with us - as we make our sojourn and pilgrimage through this mortal existence.
By reading and studying through the scriptures, listening to those ordained by our Heavenly Father, teaching these things unto our families and others - we are to also engage in meaningful and sincere prayer. Through prayer and fasting, we are able to become conquerors and overcome Satan and those who uphold the work of the adversary (D&C 10:5).
Christ will come and dwell on earth in righteousness. Today, we are asked to prepare our hearts and our minds to be ready when that day shall come. And it will come as a thief in the night (2 Peter 3:10). For us - we look toward the peace and the glory of His return.
When we weep, our Heavenly Father weeps with us. When we mourn, He mourns with us. Yet, because of our moral agency, we fall short. This is expressed by the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Ephesus when he wrote and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30). This grieving is a deep sorrow and mourning. Such as what Enoch observed.