Sunday, January 25, 2015

1 Nephi 1:20 -- On Being Mighty

"And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."
1 Nephi 1:20

I really like this verse.  Not necessarily the part where our ancestors kill the prophets.  Hopefully we as a society and a world will learn better than that.  The part that I really like is the idea that God will make us mighty unto the power of deliverance.   Sometimes we are pretty passive about the gospel and about tribulation.  We pray sometimes, but then a lot of the time we kind of sit on our hands, expecting God to show up in a fiery chariot and pull us out of the hole.  And not saying it doesn't happen that way sometimes... but much more often, the way that God delivers us is to make us equal to the challenge.  He teaches us and strengthens us and gives us enough power to deliver ourselves.  Obviously, we still couldn't do it without God, and he is an integral part of the process... but God works through us, and through other people most of the time, helping us save ourselves and each other.  He keeps the angels and the fiery chariots for special occasions. :)
Today, let's work with God and find the strength that he has given us. Let's be mighty unto the power of deliverance.  With God, we can handle whatever life throws at us, and we can be okay... even happy. :)  We just have to trust God, and learn to trust ourselves as well, knowing that God is backing us up as we have faith and make good choices.

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