It's time to accept the unchangeable past, to embrace the present moment, and to have faith in the promise of tomorrow. It's time for you to trust in your Heavenly Father completely. And it's time to reclaim the peace that is only through Jesus Christ - His peace - that belongs to you.
Through Christ, we receive the peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. Not the peace or joy the world may offer (John 14:27, John 15:11). It is through our personal and intimate relationship with the Father that we are to take a moment of our time to commune with Him. When we do, those moments of silence will enable you to participate more fully in the only source of peace that endures - God's peace.
There is this confidence we learn from scripture: God has promised to neither leave us or forsake us. He is with us in all things. His promise is true. He will deliver us in our moments of weak faith and doubt. He will walk with us through the storm.
True men of valor, of influence, and of covenant are those who come to the throne of our Heavenly Father with such powerful conviction of faith, boldness of heart, and contrition of spirit where they are humbled and meek in seeking His will, desire, and plan - and walking out with true confidence and assurance that God will deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.
Life truly has its struggles, and we face them the best we are capable in facing them. We endure as faithfully as possible. Hoping doors of opportunity of true fellowship may open up. To see through the circumstances, we are facing and receive those blessings we stand in need of.
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.
I have learned that when I am among others dealing with the same issues, facing the same struggles, suffering as I have suffered - it makes the burden lighter and easier to carry.
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.
Prayer is a powerful spiritual discipline. Couple prayer with meditation and fasting and one has developed a tool to assist in growing spiritually, increasing in faith, and enduring all things we may face in life.
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.
If you have only come as far as asking God for things, you have never come to the point of understanding the least bit of what surrender really means. You have become a Christian based on your own terms.
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).
The scriptures constantly teach us that we are to do two things. They also teach us two fundamental truths. First, we are to seek him continually. Despite what is going on, no matter the situation, the fears, the worries, the doubts, and the anxieties, we are to seek him. Second, we are to wait patiently. Listen attentively, tune in, and continue to walk in those truths and commandments we are to keep. And the first truth is that our answers come in the Lord's due time and not ours. The second fundamental truth is that this is where our faith in God rests.
The call for us to go forward in faith and purpose is a call for us to enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ. To come to know him and our Heavenly Father (John 17:3).
Our call to go forward with faith and purpose in the new year is meant for us to examine ourselves and determine whether or not we truly place full confidence in who Christ is, in the teachings of the pure doctrines of Christ, and trust in those personal revelations he has given us. Trust in Christ means we go forward with faith, despite any doubts we may have. Despite our perceived inadequacies. For if we go forward in faith, with purpose, we are blessed to accomplish those things we are called to accomplish. For if we go forward in faith, with purpose, we are able to do the things our Heavenly Father has commanded us to do.
Each one of us ought to devote our time and energy in studying the standard works every day. This is accomplished by establishing a study schedule that best serves our personal needs. And is something we are motivated and committed to following consistently. Developing an understanding and love for the scriptures will greatly help in the challenges and responsibilities we have in our lives. Helps us be of service toward others. Improve our ability to relate and communicate with others.
In my own spiritual journey - I have found that deliverance comes twice. First, a worshipful heart has risen above oppressive circumstances, even when those circumstances remain. It is an inward liberation that I find deep joy regardless of what's happening on the outside. Secondly, a resolved, singing heart finds deliverance in a God who responds. He frequently invades circumstances and scatters our enemies, sometimes dramatically. The wait may be long and the victory is sure. God does not remain silent in His love when I do not remain silent in my worship.
Acceptance means simply admitting there are things I am not able to change. Accepting them puts an end to my futile struggles and freed my thoughts and energy to work on those things that I am capable of changing. Surrender means relinquishing our self-will and accept my Heavenly Father's will and His help.
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