Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Zephaniah 1:14-15

Today's Favorite Verse: Zephaniah 1:14-15
"The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness."

I like to look for the hope in the scriptures but today I felt to look at the worst part. This whole chapter is the worst. It speaks of the second coming. Yes, horrible things will happen at the end. But, it's the spiritual mourning and destitution that overcome the unrepentant that is the worst to go through. It reminded me of two messages from General Conference - repentance, and time is running out.

"As we speak of our temples old and new, may each of us signify by our actions that we are true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. May we renovate our lives through our faith and trust in Him. May we access the power of His Atonement by our repentance each day. And may we dedicate and rededicate our lives to serving God and His children—on both sides of the veil."
(President Russell M. Nelson, "Closing Remarks", April 2019 General Conference)

"Now, as President of His Church, I plead with you who have distanced yourselves from the Church and with you who have not yet really sought to know that the Savior’s Church has been restored. Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out."
(President Russell M. Nelson, "Come, Follow Me", April 2019 General Conference)

I do not like days on end that are rainy and gloomy. It's depressing and I long for the sunshine. I cannot imagine the despair the comes to those when time has run out for repentance. I could not spend an eternity is such conditions. I must look to the Lord and repent daily so time never runs out.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 3:4

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 3:4
"And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand; and there was the hiding of his power."

The footnote for "he" is "OR rays of light are at His side".  I did wonder what horns coming out of his hands meant. I figured it had to be a symbol of the temple ordinances used in the law of Moses. I found a great explanation by Erastus Snow.

"For through the laying on of hands the sick are healed. Through the laying on of hands the Holy Ghost is given. Through the laying on of hands the Priesthood is conferred upon those who are counted worthy to receive it. Herein is the hiding of the Lord's power. It is this that the Prophet Habakkuk refers to when he speaks of the Lord coming in glory, and says: “He had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.”

Horns we know in the Scriptures are often used as figures to represent power. Horns in the Apocalypse and in the prophecies of Daniel represent kingdoms and dynasties, and when one horn fell, another came up in its place, thus representing the fall of one dynasty and the rising of another. And so on. And the same may be said of the Priesthood: the ruling power that God bestows for the salvation of the human family, is that which is given by the laying on of hands.

But does this apply to the wicked, to the disobedient, or to the unbelieving? No, not at all; nor does remission of sins come to the wicked and unbelieving by merely being baptized. We have an example of this kind in the New Testament when Philip baptized the people of Samaria, and Simon the sorcerer, was baptized also; but he was a hypocrite and a corrupt man, and he only sought to gain power whereby he might hoodwink and deceive the people and filch money from them. And when Peter and John came down and prayed with the people, and laid their hands upon them, they received the Holy Ghost. When Simon saw this, he offered them money saying, “Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” This he sought, as I have said, that he might obtain power to carry on his craft and to make money; but Peter answered him saying, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.  I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.”

There are other similar instances. But remission of sins cometh by baptism to those who believe and repent of their sins with all their hearts; the Holy Ghost is received by the laying on of the hands of the Elders; and the powers of the Priesthood are conferred in the same manner. Simple as the ordinances are, simple to look upon and to think upon, there is power in them, power accompanies them, power is made manifest among the people. The people are gathered together; the people are made one; the differences that existed among us depart. The traditions of the fathers are cast away. We are united in receiving the light and truth from above. Our hearts are made as one, no matter where we were born, or what race of people we have sprung from. This spirit working among the people, and going abroad in the earth is accomplishing what the Lord and His servants have predicted. It is preparing a people for the coming of the Savior."

(JD 25:194, "How Judgment Should Be Formed, Etc." Discourse by Apostle Erastus Snow, delivered in the Stake Meetinghouse, Ephraim, Saturday Afternoon (Quarterly Conference), May 31, 1884)

It is the priesthood. When I think of the power in those hands, laid upon my head for the gift of the Holy Ghost and for healing, I stand amazed and what it has done for me. Now this verse makes sense.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 2:3-4, 14

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 2:3-4, 14
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."

At first I focused on the earth being filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord, but I wondered why at the same time this chapter speaks of the prideful and disobedient? Realizing this vision is for the end times I looked at it as happening right now. So I asked myself "Are there some with knowledge of the glory of the Lord and others that don't see it?" Of course! Some are preparing for the second coming of the Lord, and others are lifted up in their pride and have no need for Him. Even with the internet anyone that wants to know of the Lord can find information on Him. It is a beautiful tool to preach the gospel to the earth. Knowledge is not hiding if you are seeking. The difference is what they are looking for.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 1:4

Today's Favorite Verse: Habakkuk 1:4
"Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth."

This made me ponder on how laws are being enacted that go against the laws of God. You cannot legalize sin and make it change God's opinion of it. It is only when the voice of the people choose iniquity that destruction will come. I think we are ripe for this to happen. At least the warnings are being given.

"The effect of God’s commandments and laws is not changed to accommodate popular behavior or desires." 
(President Dallin H. Oaks, "Love and Law", GC Oct 2009)

"Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God!"
(President Russell M. Nelson, "Decisions for Eternity", GC Oct 2013)

"The laws of man often move outside the boundaries set by the laws of God."
(Elder Neil L. Andersen, "The Eye of Faith", GC April 2019)

"Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law - to do your business by the voice of the people.
And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land."
(Mosiah 29:26-27)

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