Friday, March 20, 2015

Helaman 5:10-12 -- On Repentance and Storms

"And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.
And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
Helaman 5:10-12

This is one of the things that Helaman said to his sons, which they are remembering in this chapter.  I think that there are some really interesting points here.  One is that Christ doesn't save us *in* our sins, but he redeems us "from" our sins... which, as we see by reading on, means that we have to stop doing them, and change.  We can't be saved and still keep our sins.  We have to choose one or the other. 
Another point is that we have to build our foundations in Christ... and if we build there, then we "cannot fall."  ... I really like that.  Cannot.  Which means if we trust God, our trust is perfectly placed.  He will never fail us, and our foundation will never crumble.
The last point I want to bring up here is that storms are going to come, whether or not our foundation is in Christ.  Christ doesn't save us from the storm, or the hardships, or the lessons of life.  We have to go through them... *everyone* does.  But having our foundation in Christ means that God protects us and gets us through that storm, and the next one, and all of our trials, and all of our lessons.  We *are* going to see darkness and rain and wind.  Believing in God doesn't mean that we get to roller skate around all the barriers. :)  But it does mean that God will help us prepare for and weather all the storms, and come out okay on the other end.  Even when the other end is sometimes far away.
Today, let's repent so that we can be saved.  Let's build our foundations in Christ, so that even though we have to endure the storm, we won't fall.

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