‘If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear’
FEAST UPON THE WORD
How often do we feast? How often do we feast upon the word? Consistency seems to be the secret in any successful venture. The phrase ‘feast upon the word’ compares our willingness to receive the words of Christ with eating a grand meal. We feast upon Christ’s words when we desire to obey them.
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) taught, “To feast means more than to taste. To feast means to savor. We savor the scriptures by studying hem in a spirit of delightful discovery and faithful obedience. When we feast upon the words of Christ, they are embedded ‘in the fleshy tables of the heart’ (2 Corinthians 3:3). They become an integral part of our nature.”
Begin the habit of consistent scripture study. In order to prepare for something, you have to spend time immersed in it. It is not enough to just dabble here and there. Imagine if a runner were preparing for a marathon, yet they only ran to the nearest corner and back every day. That runner wouldn’t last very long in the marathon, because the preparation was weak. Be strong in your spiritual preparation and feast upon the words of Christ.
WRITE IT DOWN
Thoughts and memories come and go. One minute we might think up some grand idea, and the next have no clue as to what it was. We all need something to stimulate our thoughts or help us remember.
Not only are journal’s good for remembering, but they motivate us to act on goals and things we want to accomplish in our lives.
There is no greater feeling than reading through an old journal, and remembering something amazing that happened. You can literally tap into those feelings you had at the time of your entry. Without a journal, you would have forgotten all about that experience.
When we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures. It is important to remember that prayer does not inform God, it involves Him. We should pray over everything in our lives; our family, our jobs, our homes, etc.
Prayer is not just available to us so that we can ask for this and that, rather an opportunity to show our commitment to God’s will. When we pray with faith, we recognize and believe that God will answer that prayer in His own way and in His own time.
Also, we have prayer to learn gratitude. As prayer is made a priority in our lives, we realize that it changes us. It does not change God or God’s mind. It will change our perspective on everything. We need our Heavenly Father close to us if we want to be spiritually prepared. We need His guidance, His love, and His forgiveness.
God is no respecter of persons. This means that everyone is equal in His eyes. He delights when we ask Him questions. As important as prayer is, it is equally as important to learn to listen to what God would have us do. Take time to meditate and ponder our Heavenly Father’s plan for you and your family.
Heavenly Father speaks to each of us differently. Pay attention to how you feel when you pray, study the scriptures, and serve others. That joyful feeling is the Spirit of God. It burns within us as we draw closer and closer to our Heavenly Father.
Learn how Heavenly Father speaks to you. Throughout your life, as you receive answers to prayer, be sure to act on the answers He gives you. You will be blessed for following what He would have you do.
Forgiveness is good for you. If you harbor unforgiving feelings, you will be holding onto bitterness and thinking badly of others, sinning and opening a door to then enemy to get into your life and cause havoc. Don’t say, ‘I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.’ Forgiveness is for your benefit, not for the benefit of the person you are forgiving.
Forgiveness allows you to put the burden down, and be free from it. How is this possible? The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, has taken upon himself the weight of the world. This means he took upon himself, pains, sicknesses, sins, etc. If we draw near unto the Savior, and follow Him, He will be our advocate and plead on our behalf with Heavenly Father to forgive our sins and shortcomings.
It is out of gratitude and respect for what the Savior has done, that we forgive everyone. It is not up to us to judge someone; that is up to our Heavenly Father. We must follow Jesus Christ, by forgiving everyone and serving anyone we can.
Forgiveness leads to healing. Holding onto resentment and not forgiving seems to stand in the way of physical wellness. While forgiving others is a commandment, don’t forget to forgive yourself. If you have wronged someone, make it right and pray for forgiveness. And then do your best to move onward and upward. Don’t let it hold you back.
In a world where answer seem to be everywhere and nowhere, it is crucial to look right at the source. If you want to find peace, look at The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Go and find Him. You will find Him all around you.
The Savior gives us a promise in Matthew 11:28 when He said, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
Faith in Jesus Christ and following His teachings give us a firm hope, and this hope becomes a solid anchor to our souls. We can become steadfast and immovable. We can have lasting inner peace; we can enter into the rest of the Lord.
We should focus on the things that will sustain a lasting peace of mind and heart.
Life seems to always give you the unexpected. These things can knock you off balance, and leave you feeling helpless. People are constantly seeking for ways to pull themselves out of crisis and feel ‘strong’ again.
Sometimes, we just can’t change what happens to us, but we can change how we react to the things that happen to us. Our attitudes – good or bad – will dictate how these challenges play out. Only you can decide if it will consume you, or inspire you to change your course of action.
Spend time with those who treat you the way you deserve. This will help build your confidence, and help you to trust your own inner strength. Take a break from technology, and spend time doing something you love. Serve others. This will help you to feel the joy needed in order to build your confidence and recognize your abilities.
Service can come in all sorts of forms and shapes. You could be doing volunteer work at a local food bank, watching a neighbors’ dog, or even returning a lost wallet to the owner. However you accomplish your service, the reason you serve is to follow Jesus Christ.
Why is it so important? Service is most definitely rewarding, fun, and it can make a difference in many peoples’ lives. Service gives us a sense of purpose and pride. Heavenly Father gives us so much, and we should be willing to help anyone we have the opportunity to help.
Teach your children how to serve. Teach them what it feels like after you serve someone. It is our responsibility to pass this on to the next generation.
The root of service is love. That is why it can affect so many people. Love is extremely powerful when given in sincerity and humility. The world is getting more caught up in technology, money, and power. If the world were more caught up in service, our world would be a better place.
Once we have done all we can to be spiritually prepared, we should reach outside of ourselves, and share what we have learned. Share your talents and abilities with others.
The best way to share something, for example your testimony, with someone else, is by example. Live what you believe. Even if it seems like you are standing alone in your beliefs, stand tall. Stand for prayer, forgiveness, peace, service, and kindness.
This will cause you to be spiritually prepared and be a bright light to others who need help getting prepared spiritually. Remember what it was like when you wanted to find more inner strength? You needed someone to help you. That is exactly what sharing is about. Ask Heavenly Father to help you find those in need of your help, and when He shows them to you, get to work.
Reading this article is not enough. Begin your journey today and be more spiritually prepared. We know that if you work on these steps a little bit at a time, your perspective on life will change; you will change.