Sunday, November 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 25:2, 14

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 25:2, 14
"And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Sier, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them."

The footnote says perfect heart = wholeheartedly

"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day."
(Doctrine & Covenants 4:2)

Amaziah may have on the outside been doing what was right but it was the intent of his heart that lead him astray. With this heart it was possible for him to bow himself down before other gods and burn incense to them. It made me ponder on people I have know through the years that seemed so faithful and so obedient and then overnight they left the church. The problem is where their heart was, and that is something no one but Lord can truly know.

"Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart."
(Doctrine & Covenants 6:16)

Day 967

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:9-10

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:9-10
"And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lord the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
And the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end."

This made me think about rejoicing in paying tithes. I didn't always do that. I would look at the tenth I gave and wished that money was mine. My heart was far from what it should have been. Now I can understand rejoicing. I am so incredibly blessed, it is truly humbling. As I read of them rebuilding the temple with these funds I marveled at the wisdom and planning of the Lord to take care of the kingdom. If I follow all that he has commanded I am incredibly blessed in my life.

Day 966

Friday, November 17, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 23:6

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 23:6
"But let none come into the house of the Lord, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord."

The part that stood out to me was "all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord". First, I thought of watchmen, the watchmen on the tower. This is the role of the prophet, warning of danger ahead. Giving us the tools that are needed, to be protected of the Lord. I found a video I hadn't seen before that demonstrated the role of the watchmen. I loved how it showed how he can see things far off.

In this verse though it speaks of people keeping watch. What does that mean for me? How do I keep watch? I reflected on the times I have felt a concern when discussions seemed to go off track and opinions instead of the pure doctrine of Christ are espoused. At such times I will try to simplify discussions and bring it back to the pure doctrine of Christ, by reinforcing the basics of the gospel. The basics of the gospel are the anchors that never lead me astray. They fill my soul. I have developed such a love for the simplicity of the gospel, because as I ponder on them mysteries begin to unfold. I know from my own experience that going beyond the mark, only leaves me in the dark. I guess if I'm to keep the watch of the Lord I will warn my brothers and sisters of darkness ahead, by turning them back to the light.

Day 965

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 22:3

Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Chronicles 22:3
"He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly."

This made me ponder on the responsibility and stewardship of a mother. How the Lord counts on us to raise and teach our children in righteousness. Ahaziah had none of that from his mother Athaliah. In fact she taught in contrary to the ways of God. We had a discussion recently in family scripture study on the sins being upon the head of the parents. Though honestly everyone has the light of Christ within them to know right from wrong. Totally cannot judge how unaccountable anyone is. All I know is that I need to teach my children the ways of the Lord or I will account for it.

I recently was reading the Oct 2017 LDS General Conference talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks "The Plan and the Proclamation" and this quote struck me.

"Forty years ago, President Ezra Taft Benson taught that “every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself.” I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Latter-day Saints to stand firm in that test."

I cannot help but think how important right now it is to teach and council our children from the family proclamation, and the scriptures. I truly fear for the coming generation if we fail in this test.

Day 964