Monday, October 8, 2001

1 Nephi 22:26

"And because of the righteousness of this people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth."
1 Nephi 22:26

This is incredible to me... that people could be so righteous that Satan has absolutely no power.  ... and you know what is even more incredible... this is our future.  ... and you know, whether we live to fulfill this prophecy on the earth or not, this is who we become in order to inherit the Celestial kingdom.  This is what we are striving for.  Interestingly, it isn't the triumph of the individual... it is the triumph of the community.  Together, they create a place where Satan has no space to breathe... because they are united in serving God.  Imagine living in this community.  Absolute safety.  No need for locked doors, no need for fear of fellow man.  No political struggles at the office.  No backstabbing, no evil speaking... no hurtful communication.  Isn't that something to live for?  Isn't that something to strive to become?  ... today, let's take a step towards that.  We don't have to overwhelm ourselves and become instantly perfect... but I am sure that there is something we can do today to turn the balance in our own lives in favor of God.  Whatever that is today, let's do it... pruning little by little, until there is no evil left at all.

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