Monday, November 10, 2008

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  1. 39 O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in atransgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that bcunning one. Remember, to be ccarnally-minded is ddeath, and to be espiritually-minded is flife geternal.
S- piritually
M- inded
I- s
L- ife
E- ternal

This is one of my favorite scriptures of all. It is pretty cut and dry on how we should live and lead our lives. Satan is real and wants to destroy our happiness and spirit. He tempts us daily to follow the ways of the world and walk after the flesh. I am reminded often of this scripture whenever I'm feeling down or tempted by something of a carnal "natural" nature. In Romans we learn that "carnal" is enmity against God or an enemy against his laws and teachings.

  1. 6 For to be acarnally minded is bdeath; but to be cspiritually minded is life and dpeace.
  2. 7 Because the acarnal mind is benmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
We are a fallen people in this earth life and must rely on the atoning powers of Jesus Christ to overcome sin and evil. We are walking through life being tempted everyday. We all want to walk after our own understanding, but must remember we are nothing without God.
  1. 49 Behold Satan hath come among the children of men, and atempteth them to bworship him; and men have become ccarnal, dsensual, and devilish, and are shut out from the epresence of God.
Mosiah 16:3, 5
3 For they are acarnal and devilish, and the devil has power over them; yea, even that old serpent that did bbeguile our first parents, which was the ccause of their fall; which was the cause of dall mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, eknowing evil from good, fsubjecting themselves to the devil.
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5 But remember that he that persists in his own acarnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the bdevil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no credemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the ddevil an enemy to God.

So, what should we do? Exercise faith in Christ and repent of our sins. . . "Daily!" His promises for us...
  1. 2 And they had aviewed themselves in their own bcarnal state, even cless than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the datoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be epurified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who fcreated heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.

10 And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a apromise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you bstrip yourselves from cjealousies and dfears, and ehumble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the fveil shall be rent and you shall gsee me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.

One last thought for the night, until tomorrow...

Galatians 5:16
16 This I say then, aWalk in the bSpirit, and ye shall not fulfil the clust of the flesh.

SMILE...Enjoy the tulips!

1 comment: said...

Christopher, I look forward each morning reading what you have written on your blog. The scriptures that you share plus your feelings about them makes the message much clear.Thanks for reminding me how I should be living my life.I need to be raised up each day and by reading your blog that starts my day.

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