Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Power of the Adversary

Years ago I became acquainted with a man who taught a lot about the power of the adversary and how he works in our lives.  Since that time I have done a lot of reading and studying about his role in these last days and how he seeks to make us miserable like unto himself.

For those not of my faith, let me briefly share our belief in the 'plan of salvation'.  We lived with God, our Father, as spirit children, before we came to earth.  We were taught and nurtured and loved.  Yet, we couldn't fully progress without a body.  We agreed to come to earth - to receive a body and have a mortal experience - to see if we would choose good over evil.  In order to do so most effectively - we'd have to live by faith; meaning that a 'veil' would be drawn over us at birth and we'd forget what we used to know.  But, as we heard it again, or relearned it, it would 'ring true' to our souls.  And, a Savior would be provided for when we made mistakes and needed to repent.

Also, we were given a gift of conscience and the Holy Spirit as our guide.  It would lead us along paths of righteousness - if we would not dismiss it by our unbelief.

Fast forward - years into our lives - and many challenges we each face.  Some face, perhaps, more difficult challenges than others'.  We don't always know all the reasons why but some are because of our own choices and things we may have wanted or 'agreed' to learn, some are because of the choices of others' and life circumstances.

Nevertheless, we are free to choose light or dark, good or evil.  And, the 'Adversary' (Satan) who was with us in the beginning (before we came to earth - and he choose evil) - never received the gift of a body.  And...wants us to hate ours.  He is filled with wrath and all manner of evil.  His whole goal is to destroy us - and 'win' our souls.  All he does is with the purpose of leading us astray and getting us to do things that are destructive and, ultimately, damning (the state of being stopped in one's progress).

Life is a great gift; filled with a mixture of joys and triumphs, sorrows, toils, and griefs.  We are here to 'learn from our own experience' to choose the good over the evil.

Satan, the adversary, father of all lies; etc - seeks for our destruction.  He does this from thousands of years of experience - how to tempt and to try us.  What can he get each of us to do to falter or fail?  How can he cause us discouragement and despair?

Probably most of us have experienced a myriad of emotions on this journey.  I know that I have.  And, I have learned the pain and sorrow and sin as well as the joy of hope and faith - thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  It is the greatest gift we could have.  And, it's accessible to us all.  That is the greatest joy of all.

Repented sin brings a peace and joy that is available in no other way.  In His goodness and mercy - He wants to bless and comfort us.  And, he knows that by us aligning our lives and our will with His - we will have the ultimate blessings of eternal life once again with Him.

This is, perhaps, the biggest difference between us and some other faiths.  We invite all to learn of these things and see if they feel right.  Sincere prayer - to our Father in Heaven who LOVES us - and has made this perfect plan for us (and, who, yes, has a tangible body of flesh and bones - as He is our Father) - is full of grace and truth and will continue to do all He can to help us 'make it back' to Him.  And, part of that is how we choose to live and worship Him in our lives...

1 comment:

  1. Amen to all of this one; it was a lovely written post. I will share it.
    Blessings to you!


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