The work of nourishing our faith ought to be one of joyful experience. The hours we invest in reading, pondering, and meditating upon the scriptures. Feasting upon the words of Christ.
The world today does not appear to comprehend the idea that we are expected to accept and believe eternal truths, or divine answers, before hearing them. Most likely it threatens the confirmation bias of their own right to define their own identity and individual person. Their authentic and true self is a threat when exposed to the eternal truths of our Heavenly Father.
If we are to recognize evil and fight it, we must pay careful attention. We must pay attention to God's Word, and we must pay attention to the realities of everyday life.
How do we sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron? Through spiritual disciplines and discipleship. It is founded upon the key virtue of all other virtues and that is contrition of spirit and humility. It is our willingness to allow ourselves to submit to our Heavenly Father's authority and in fellowship with others to be submitted to their authority.
True Christian character and integrity is a precious pearl of great price that takes time to cultivate and build. It begins with humility and submission to God's divine will for our lives. As the Savior said - no man can truly be His disciple unless he denies himself first, takes up his cross second, and follow Him. It is the sum of every right decision, every honest word, every noble thought, and every heartfelt prayer.
As I strive to live mindfully every day - my eye single to the glory of God (D&C 88:67) I shall be filled with light of Christ. This light is the awareness I need to continue to grow, increase in faith, and experience the joyous life that is full and abundant.
What makes my recovery and journey unique is the idea of personal revelation. And what is unique about personal revelation? It is the vision of God for my life. It is His divine will manifested through inspiration in how I am guided.
How have I grown in this area? By becoming mindful of my own judgments and criticisms. Reminding myself there is no need to get riled up or defensive. Take the time to hear what the other person is saying. Attempt to see it from their perspective. And if I am in disagreement - encourage healthy dialogue to understand.
Not only did my view on relationships had to change - the manner in which I had to cultivate a different mindset on relationships had to change. As I started reading the scriptures - I became aware of the need to step back and focus on what really mattered the most. And that was my relationship with my Heavenly Father, and my relationship with Christ.
As we grow in faith, increase in truth and life, move from grace to grace - we come to a greater knowledge and understanding of Christ and the Father. The more we submit ourselves over to the care of God, as we understand Him, we strengthen our faith, our resilience, and are able to endure that much more.
The cost of recovery is the very act of denying who we presently are and willing to put to death all that old person represents. Burying the old and rising up in a newness of life. No longer bound to the shackles of our addiction, compulsions, or other dysfunctional behaviors. We are freed to develop a character that creates a person of courage, integrity, and faith.
As for me and my own personal journey and recovery - for my own spiritual growth and mindful living - I choose to consistently and continually to trust in Christ and know who God, my Eternal Father is, and have the guidance and companion of the Holy Spirit. So long as I commit myself over to those spiritual disciplines that help me gain greater awareness, peace of mind, and restoring me to a place of spiritual health and well-being.
This calls my attention to the reality of being mindful and allowing myself to experience the presence of the Spirit in my life. Experiencing the Holy Spirit, the presence of my Heavenly Father is not something that needs to occur in the future. It is something that I have access to in the present moment.
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.
No one else is capable of living my own life. I am responsible for my life. I am responsible for my own recovery. And because of this I either wallow in worry and become lazy and complacent. Critical and judgmental. Where I am not receiving any blessings, any healing, and any restoration. However, if I submit over to God's will and care, faithful walk-in spirit and truth to what He has in store for me and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me - then I will receive those promised rewards He has prepared for me.
To properly serve others - am I willing to humble myself and learn to do those things that show respect for who I am? Am I willing to humble myself enough to serve my own needs first? True service begins when I am doing those menial things that I may personally detest.
My own personal recovery, spiritual journey, required that I had to come to the realization that it is not about being perfect. It is finding the true standard of becoming complete and whole. Restored in my heart, mind, and soul.
We are reminded to constantly stay alert, ready to respond, and not become complacent. Not to give into a false sense of security and comfortability in our own recovery program.
FROM DAILY AFFIRMATIONS STRENGTHENING MY RECOVERY We are dependent personalities who are terrified of abandonment and will do anything to bold on to a relationship in order not to experience painful abandonment feelings which we received from living with sick people who were never there emotionally for us." BRB p. 17 Many of us wish … Continue reading Daily Affirmation, Thoughts, Meditation, and Scripture – Trait Twelve
To become the hero of my own personal story and life - I need to take up my own hero's journey and place my faith in God and trust in His will and divine providence. Through my faith and confidence, labor and toil, fellowshipping with others, being held accountable, seeking after wise counsel, and following the directions - my extraordinary adventure and story may be among many heroic journey's that inspire people.
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
I learned that to fully heal from the wounds of childhood experiences - I must embrace and speak my truth without feeling a sense of betrayal, blame, or fear. To speak my truth means embracing what I have experienced as part of my heritage and legacy. Accept the truth that my parents carried on the legacy of their own dysfunction learned growing in a home environment lacking care, validation, autonomy, and healthy perceptions and perspectives.
Today, our religious worship requires something more. It requires our sincere reverence and gratitude. It is a sacrifice of our own self and will. Such sacrifice comes when we call upon God, through Jesus Christ on a daily basis
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;
If any truth of my own personal journey and recovery holds validity it is the idea that I still feel inadequate. Still feel that I am not the man I have wanted to become. And I sometimes forget that my recovery and spiritual growth are a personal journey of becoming complete in Christ.
All these teachings helps us understand the central truth of the Gospel - Jesus is the Christ by whom we are saved. Salvation comes when we place our initial faith and trust in Him. It comes when we humble ourselves and enter into the waters of baptism for the remission of our sins. This is accomplished when we come to the awareness of our natural state and disposition. Through repentance, we receive the first principle ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Faith teaches us to act in a manner to which we believe God will help us, strengthen us, and give unto us what we need to withstand the storms in our lives. Scripture is firm on the nature of our faith as it relates to God. Christ constantly chastised the disciples - O ye of little faith. Christ commented on the simplest acts of faith - I have not seen such great faith. Faith even may bring healing into our own lives - Thy faith has made thee whole. Each time Christ ministered to those individuals it is because they had sought him out.
Today, we do well to focus on the teachings of our Heavenly Father. Work to walk in faithful obedience to His divine and righteous council. Stand firm on the truth of His personal revelation and will for our lives. Sit with those who are working out their faith with fear and trembling and fighting the good fight (See, Philippians 2:12 and 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV).
I did not believe that when I turn my heart over to God, that He governs me and shapes me automatically. This is not what inspired scripture teaches in Proverbs 4:23. It is a command to guard my heart. I am to be careful about what I allow into my heart. My heart cannot be an open door to unbiblical and ungodly influences. I am not to be captive to them; they are to be captive to the word of God. I am given the responsibility of being vigilant about their content.
Where do my affections lie? Do I hear the truth and then turn my heart toward other things? I will not retain what I have heard or read unless I spend time dwelling on it, turning it over in my mind and locking it within my heart. I will not be changed and I will not grow by passive hearing. I must set my affections on God's wisdom, act on it, and beat away any philosophical or material rivals. The promise for doing that is amazing: life and health. Truth and righteousness are powerful; they are the substance of my own life.