Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moroni 10:4-5 -- On Knowing Everything

"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."
Moroni 10:4-5

Some of God's promises just absolutely boggle the mind.  We can know the truth of ALL things?  That's incredible.  I want to be able to do that, to tap into the spirit in that way.  So, let's figure out how.  First, the verses tell us that we have to ask God.  That's pretty straightforward.  Depending on where we are with that, we might need some pre-work in humility, belief, or some practice on how to pray, but we can get there, and the how to pray part is almost all laid out right here... pray to God in the name of Christ, and ask specifically if something is true.  Next, we have to ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith.  So, we have to be honest about it, really want to know, not just kind of want to know but not really care that much.  And we have to have that action based faith going... not just believing, but doing something about it.  And in this case the prayer is the action... we have to believe in what we are doing, and do the work to get the answer.  We can't just toss off a five second request and expect a revelation.  Prayer takes effort... we have to really communicate with God, and keep praying until we make that connection... not because God isn't listening, but usually because we have to work through the distractions and the mental interference in our own minds, and really focus.  Work, yes, but definitely within the reach of all of us. :)
The possibility of being in tune enough with the Spirit that we could know the truth of everything is astounding.  And yeah, in terms of our lives it means we have to be trying to live the right way, and not just going through the motions.  It might require some repentance and getting more comfortable with our obedience level.  But it definitely is something we all can do... getting our lives to a point where we feel like we can consistently feel the Spirit and hear what God has to say.  And how worth it.  I mean if we knew the truth of all things, then ... that's pretty much all knowledge, right?  Probably would take a while to learn it all, but even just a little of it, wow. :)  ... Plus all the side benefits of the relationship that we're building with God along the way.  Seems like a good goal.

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