Saturday, September 7, 2013

Moses 6:47-50

"And as Enoch spake forth the words of God, the people trembled, and could not stand in his presence.
And he said unto them: Because that Adam fell, we are; and by his fall came death; and we are made partakers of misery and woe.
Behold Satan hath come among the children of men, and tempteth them to worship him; and men have become carnal, sensual, and devilish, and are shut out from the presence of God.
But God hath made known unto our fathers that all men must repent."
Moses 6:47-50

This is interesting stuff... and it is interesting as well that it had such an impact on the people.  This might have been the first time they were hearing some of this... or maybe Enoch was just that powerful of a speaker.  Most likely it was the spirit of God though.  I think that sometimes, even if we have heard something a thousand times, it can still hit us hard because God helps us to see it in a different way, or we finally realize how to apply it to our lives.
The partakers of misery and woe part... if we're partakers of those things because of Adam's fall, which is also the reason that we are here, does it follow that those things will go away at some point, since Christ's atonement covers all of that? :)  I wonder what it was like before misery and woe... and what it will be like after. :)  What kind of amazingness is in store without those things?  How radically changed the world will be. :)
Satan tempts us, and so we become carnal, sensual, and devilish (which is a good list of things to avoid).  In the next verse though, God tells us how to overcome that.  Through repentance.  Even if we are filled with all three of those things, we can repent and change.  And hey, if misery and woe can go away, I'm thinking that so can our individual weaknesses and challenges.  Just because Satan tempts us doesn't mean that he owns us.  God always provides a way.  We just have to find it.  And believe that God can help us make those changes.  All of this negative stuff is just temporary.  Part of learning.  Today, let's focus on the eternal, and make the changes in ourselves to become who we want to be.  Let's repent, and make sure we can talk to God whenever we want.

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