“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” C.S. Lewis
A PATH THAT LEADS UPWARD
We have journeyed for many days and it has been fruitful in that we know our destination. A place where we have desired to go....a place where we can behold the Son of God.
This path does not lead backward; it leads upward. It leads to heights we can scarcely comprehend! Do you have a hearts desire to change? To change from our worldly and fallen state, to a state of righteousness? Do you desire to be redeemed of God and become His son or daughter?
My heart races whenever I think of having Him near....of knowing that He is. Imagine the Awe and wonder of these uplifting and changing moments!
As we travel along, we will feel His closeness as we continue to learn of His love and the Sacrifice that He has made for us because of that love. God will pour out blessings of power and strength, enabling us to achieve things that are beyond our ability to obtain.
AN ENABLING POWER
It is by His Grace that we, His children, can overcome the pull of Satan’s enticings. As we are enabled to rise above sin and weakness, we BECOME perfected in Christ. Though we all have weaknesses, we can overcome them. Through faith in Gods plan and His gift of Grace, we can humble ourselves and that which is weak will become strong!
As we travel to our desired destination, we will encounter the mountains of opposition that will continually come into our path and the stumbling blocks that will trip us up and make our journey more challenging. But, gratefully we don’t have to endure it on our own....we don’t have to journey without Him there. Our faith is allowing Him to walk beside us, to lift us up when we fall and to help us climb the steep places. Empowered by His Atoning love....His Grace, we will be successful on this journey.
Throughout this journey, God’s grace will bestow temporal blessings and spiritual gifts that magnify our abilities and enrich our lives. His Grace refines us and helps us to BECOME our best selves.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
A CHANGE OF HEART
Do we understand that we are in debt to our Heavenly Father and need to come to Him in humility and with grateful hearts to receive the Grace He has to offer?
As we travel the distance, we will have time to think about what is in our hearts, we can become more aware of the magnificence of His eternal love and come to know that the Grace of God is our great and everlasting hope!
Repentance is a change of heart that will allow a fresh attitude toward God, ourself and life to come more fully into our being. Search deep inside....is there a change in your mind and heart? Is your heart yearning to turn from earthly and evil desires toward God’s will? Are your desires to BECOME more....to become like the Father and His Son?
SEEK HIM, KNOW HIM, BECOME LIKE HIM
A BECOMING is what we are seeking. A BECOMING of who He is and what He desires for us.
When we understand who we are and who we may BECOME, the full meaning of life and the purpose for this journey will unfold to us. The purpose of our lives will have more significance and we will find the joy we are seeking, the joy our Father sent us here to experience!
Our ‘Journey to Bethlehem’, to seek the Son of God, will require us to come to know Him more fully, to feel of His love and take inspired steps to BECOME as He is.
“Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.”
3 Nephi 27:27
To help us as we progress toward the Father, the Lord gave us this promise: “Every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am.” D&C 93:1
I think about King Benjamin’s great sermon, where many of his hearers cried out that the Spirit of the Lord “....has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” Mosiah 5:2
Worthiness is essential to BECOMING like Him, if we are losing our desire to do evil, we are making that ‘mighty change’ and BECOMING, through the Grace and love of God. The Atonement of Jesus Christ allows us to make the progress needed to get to our destination. With this enabling power, we ‘change’, we begin to see things as our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ see them. We hear His voice instead of the voice of the world, and we are willing to do things His way instead of by the ways of the world.
ONLY THROUGH HIS GIFT OF GRACE
Christ’s Atonement not only provides forgiveness from sin and victory over death, it also redeems imperfect relationships, heals our emotional wounds, and empowers us to do that which is hard. Through our faith in His atoning sacrifice, the Atonement or Grace of God cleanses, strengthens and enables each of us to develop many of the attributes that define Christ.
Mormon taught, “Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, … that ye may become the sons [and daughters] of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him.” Moroni 7:48.
Trying to understand God’s gift of Grace with all our heart and mind gives us all the more reason to love and obey our Father in Heaven with meekness and gratitude. Our ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ will refine us, it will improve us, it will help us BECOME more like Him. This love of God will bring about ‘a mighty change in us.....that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually’.
His Grace is sufficient...because His Love never runs out!
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - On your Journal page, write out the thoughts you have, as you consider the Atonement of Christ....how can you apply it as you endeavor to become like God?
2- Also this week write in your ‘Sacred Journal’. Write a letter to your Heavenly Father. Share your desires to have Him empower you to move forward and take the inspired steps to BECOME as He is.
- Respond to your letter, allowing the Lord to enlighten your mind with the things He would like you to understand.
3 - On your ‘Journey to Bethlehem Map’ write the healing and enabling blessings that you are needing from God’s Gift of Grace, at this moment in time.
4- I invite you to share in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had with the Grace of God, how have you been enabled to OVERCOME and BECOME strong in making your desired changes. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Find the Journal Page, Journey to Bethlehem Map, and Sacred Journal page under ‘Journey’ in the navigator tabs.
Your faith can move mountains...Your doubt can create them.
Trust in the Lord!