Sunday, July 20, 2014

Obedience- "If ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" and Obedience through Our Faithfulness

One of the distinct themes of April's General Conference was Obedience.  
Elder Hales and also Elder Perry focused their talks on this theme, which is what we'll be discussing in our club meeting today.

Talk #1:
"If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments"
by Elder Robert D. Hales

Obedience Shows Love
"Because our Savior was obedient, He atoned for our sins, making possible our resurrection and preparing the way for us to return to our Heavenly Father, who knew we would make mistakes as we learned obedience in mortality.  When we obey, we accept His sacrifice."

"When we are baptized, we enter into a covenant with God that we will be obedient unto the end of our lives.  Each Sunday we renew that baptismal covenant by partaking of the sacrament and witnessing that we are willing to keep the commandments.  We seek forgiveness for any thoughts, feelings, or actions that are not in harmony with Heavenly Father's will.  As we repent by turning away from disobedience and by beginning to obey again, we show our love for Him."

Types of obedience:

Natural Man's Obedience - disobediently rejecting God's law in favor of our wisdom or our desires or even popularity.

Selective Obedience - claiming to love God and honor God while picking and choosing which of His commandments and teachings will be followed.

Spiritually Mature Obedience/The Savior's Obedience - motivated by true love for Heavenly Father and His Son.  This type of obedience "requires self-mastery, and brings confidence, eternal happiness, and a sense of fulfillment to us and, by example, to those around us; and it always includes a deep personal commitment to sustain priesthood leaders and follow their teachings and counsel."

I am currently reading a fictional series about the last days.  In these books, those who follow the prophet were spared and kept safe.  Those who chose to disobey because it was inconvenient, unfortunately, were not.

In a recent post by blogger Stephanie Nielson.  She talks about the importance of being obedient and following the prophet and to not compromise or justify our wrong choices.  She says, 
"It takes courage not compromise for God's approval."

"To rationalize disobedience does not change spiritual law or its consequences but leads to confusion, instability, wandering in strange paths, being lost, and grief.  As disciples of Christ, we have a sacred obligation to uphold His laws and commandments and the covenants which we take upon ourselves."

Obedience = Strength
"Obedience makes us stronger, capable of faithfully enduring tests and trials in the future."

Talk #2:
Obedience through Our Faithfulness
by Elder L. Tom Perry

Elder Perry used an analogy of horses to teach about Obedience.  He taught:
 "An obedient horse which is part of a well-trained team of horses needs little more than a gentle tug from the driver to do exactly what he wants it to do. This gentle tug is equivalent to the still, small voice with which the Lord speaks to us. Out of respect for our agency, it is never a strong, forceful tug."

The Spirit will always prompt us when we are veering off course. 

"Always be ready to receive that gentle tug of the Spirit. . .We must be sensitive to our spiritual bits.  Even with the slightest tug from the Master, we must be willing to completely alter our course.  To succeed in life, we must teach our spirit and body to work together in obedience to God's commandments."

Elder Perry also taught that 
obedience equals strength.  

"Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak and passive.  It is the means by which we declare our faith in God and qualify ourselves to receive the powers in heaven."

We must have "an absolute faith in the driver of the team".  We must have believe that God knows what is best for us and has given us commandments to follow to help us become our best.

"I promise you that the blessings of eternal life are available to everyone who is faithful and obedient."


Next Week's Talk:
by Randall L. Ridd

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ERROR? by steve finnell

Do people learn error by prayerfully searching the Scriptures or are they mislead by skilled professionals?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

Why do men believe that repent and be baptized for the remission of sins actually means repent and be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven?

Why do men believe that the three thousand on the Day of Pentecost received the gift of the Holy Spirit before they repented and were baptized?

A. Do they prayerfully search the Scripture? Scriptures are God's facts.
B. Do they read it in a Bible commentary? Bible commentaries are men's opinions about Scriptures.
C. Do their preachers teach it to them? Preachers teach what they have been taught by others.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)

It takes a talented teacher to convince men that Jesus did not teach the being saved followed baptism.

Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting ? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV)

Only a master of deception can convince men that Saul had his sins washed away, by faith alone, three days prior on the road to Damascus.
No man can believe that by reading the Scriptural accounts. (Acts 9:1-19, Acts 22:1-16, Acts 26:12-18)

No honest person can claim that they realized that water baptism was not essential to being saved by prayerfully searching the Scriptures.

It is essential to have skilled professionals, masters of deception, kings of ruses in order to convince men the water baptism is not essential in order to be saved.

You can only be tricked into believing that baptism is not in order to the forgiveness of sins.