Monday, August 15, 2022

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 58:1

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 58:1
"Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?"

I ponder on how we are told not to judge.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. "
(Matthew 7:1)

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
(Luke 6:37)

Yet, at the same time we are to make righteous judgments.

"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."
(Leviticus 19:15)

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
(John 7:24)

"Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again."
(Alma 41:14)

"And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit."
(Doctrine and Covenants 11:12)

The judgments we are to make is between good and evil. That is a righteous judgment for it protects our souls. It is to use the light of Christ given to all. It comes with discernment, a gift of the spirit.

" For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God."
(Moroni 7:15-16)

"Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
(2 Nephi 15:20)

I pondered on how turned around the world has become. What was good is now called evil, and what was evil is now called good. We will be judged on how we determine which is which. For God's law have not changed. Now more than ever we need the spirit as our guide to make righteous judgments.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 57:1

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 57:1
"Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast."

Things are so turned around in the world right now. Does make me wonder where people are headed. All I want is peace. Being able to find refuge in the Lord until calamities pass over sounds like a really good idea to me.

"The time that is spoken of is not very far distant. “He that will not take up his sword against his neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety.” And Zion herself must flee to the God of Israel and hide herself in the shadow of his wing, seeking for his guidance and direction to lead her in the right path, both as regards spiritual and temporal affairs; things social and things political, and everything pertaining to human existence. We are not prepared as a people today for the accomplishment of this object; we need the interposition and guidance of the Almighty. It is just as necessary that we be under his guidance in relation to these matters, as it is in regard to any other matters."
(John Taylor, "Temporal Concerns", JD 21:29)

"And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety."
(Doctrine and Covenants 45:68)

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 56:4, 11

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 56:4, 11
"In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."

Good advise that was worth repeating twice in this chapter. This made me think of some news this week that made some people so paranoid, speaking of conspiracies and the government coming to get you. That is living in fear of man and what he can do to you. That happens when your eye is off the Lord and focused on worldly things. This is how the adversary works. If you obey God's laws, and are honest with your dealings with your fellow man you have nothing to fear. Truth will prevail when we trust in the Lord.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 55:17

Today's Favorite Verse: Psalms 55:17
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice."

I pondered on prayer and how often I pray. The day starts and end with prayer, it is so ingrained in me I could not go without it. Then I thought about praying at noon time. I cannot say that is a habit. Long ago I dropped that when I worked onsite and could not reverently pray over my food so easily. I started including prayers over the food I would eat that day in the morning. So where are my noon prayers?

I reflected on all the times I pray throughout the day. I pray before I read my personal scriptures. As a family we pray before we read scriptures together, and once again afterwards which includes a blessing on our evening meal. The other times I pray are spontaneous throughout the day, it is so natural I could not count them. There are times I will pray immediately for a person that I feel needs my prayers. I mainly do it immediately because I do not want to say I will pray for someone and then forget to do that. Then I will stop throughout the day and pray, mainly for guidance and the ability to see all sides of an issue when making decisions or doing hard things. They are short prayers but needful to stay on track. When I find myself feeling particular stressed or burdened I will also pray and ask the Lord to carry it for me. That way I am clear to hear the guidance of the spirit and know what path to take. I am so blessed to work from home. My closet that I can pray in is always around me. The "missing" noon time prayers are really there, but called pray always.

"Pray always, and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing—yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof."
(Doctrine and Covenants 19:38)

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