“Even the Wise Men of the Earth Must Follow Divine Direction.” J. Leo Fairbanks
THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM
The star that led the Wise Men to the Savior was the Star of Bethlehem. It is also a symbol of the light that came into the world with the birth of our Savior.
Piercing the darkness, the Star of Bethlehem stood above all nations, far above.....untouched by anything of this world. Christ, the life and light of the world, is like that star.
Heavenly Father prepared this bright star to be our guide, the Savior is given to us to be the divine direction we need in our lives.
“And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. And verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;” D&C 50: 23-25
Consider the darkness that could be dwelling within you. The Savior is here to guide you and give you needed strength to overcome the darkness and receive His light. His light guides wise men and wise women to their promised land...to that which they most desire, where they can behold for themselves the greatest star, the Son.
THE SIGN WILL BE GIVEN
In the Book of Mormon, we read that the night before His birth, the voice of the Savior declared: “...be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” 3 Ne. 1:13.
We no longer watch for the sign of the Savior’s birth in mortality. But our need to seek the ‘Light of the world’ has never been more urgent.
The Saviors life and teachings are like a light that shines in a dark world. He has marked the path and if we watch, He leads the way....we will rejoice when we discover it. Know that when we take heed and follow that light, the Light of Christ that is in you from birth will grow and Heavenly Father will bless you with more light.
SEEKING THE LIGHT
We have come to the most important part of our journey. You have probably noticed, little proddings and enlightenments along the way, that reflect a light on your weaknesses, sins and inadequacies. We don’t like that it keeps showing up....it’s adding to the difficulty of the journey! Don’t turn your back on it but, allow the light to illuminate that which needs changed, repented of, or healed....for you will never reach your destination if you neglect the light and direction He is sending.
On this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’, we have traveled far and we have pondered our desires, we have chosen our gift, our offering, and have even tried to execute that chosen sacrifice, but now....it seems like we have come to a standstill. The scenery never seems to change, we travel days at a time, but it seems we are getting nowhere. It feels like we could wander in this wilderness forever. We need direction and light to aid us so that we can quickly arrive at our desired destination....we want more than ever to see with our own eyes, the Christ Child, the Son of God, to know that He lives.
As we grow closer to our destination it’s becoming paramount that we see and overcome all that is keeping us from a ‘pure heart’....that which allows us to dwell in the presence of the Son of God.
Seek the light for it is only with the help of our Savior that we can overcome darkness and become purified enough for Him to dwell within.
THE LIGHT OF THE SAVIOR IS IN OUR HEARTS
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things... I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16
As we focus on the light, ‘the bright and morning star’, the promptings and enlightenments will help us to see with more clarity the changes that are needed to be made in our lives. Our desires can be granted and we can come into the presence of the Lord. Remember it is when we desire a pure heart and make the little changes that help us to overcome who we have been, that we will be able to take the steps to become as He is.
As we overcome the darkness and become filled with His light, ‘The light of Christ’ can grow so bright within you that the day star, the “bright and morning star,” can arise in your heart....for you truly have a pure heart!
Heavenly Father prepared this bright star to be our guide, the Savior is given to us to be the divine direction we need in our lives....like the Star of Bethlehem! Become like the Wise Men and follow that star!
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - The challenge is to become like the Wise Men and seek the desires of your heart by following the ‘Light’ within and overcome the darkness that keeps you from your desires. On your ‘Journal Page’ write down the inspirations and directions that have come to you and how you have implemented those directions into your journey. Have you come to see the darkness that is within? Were you able to replace it with the ‘Light of Christ’ so that you can begin to feel the purifying begin in your heart? Do you feel purified enough for Him to dwell within?
2 - Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ a letter to Heavenly Father, communicate to Him your thoughts and feelings. What have you experienced that has brought you closer to being in the presence of the Son of God and to become His witness to the world?
Continue to write anything that comes into your heart that you would like to share with Him.
3 - On your Journey To Bethlehem Map, summarize the divine direction you have received that has inspired you the most.
4 - I invite you to share, in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had as you travel along on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Find the ‘Journal Page’, the ‘Journey to Bethlehem Map’, and ‘Sacred Journal Page’ under ‘Journey’ in the navigator tabs.
I witness to you that Christ is the life and the light of this world, and pray that we can all receive His light and become as He is!
From my heart to yours, Love Jeannie