(Please read Part 2 of 3: “The Truth” before this one)
Part 3 of 3: Unleashing the Truth!
So let me start with the last questions I asked on the previous post: “Why? Why does the adversary make such an effort to bring you down, and stop you?! Why does he so relentlessly try to hold you down?”
I know exactly why…
Because he is utterly and completely terrified of you! Read that again if you need to. Am I saying that the self proclaimed “God of this world”, even the very source of all evil and all darkness is beyond nervous, beyond threatened, but absolutely terrified of you!? Yes! That’s exactly what I’m saying! He knows he doesn’t stand a chance against you head on! His only option of stopping you is mind games and the exact opposite of the truth! He wants you to believe that you can’t take him on, stop him, resist him on or overpower him! He wants you to think and truly in your heart believe that you are weak, alone, helpless and incapable. He wants to hide the very truth about you, from you! His hope is to tell you often enough, and loud enough that you believe this lie. He knows that if he can change your own belief of your own self worth that you, not he, but you can become your own biggest obstacle. You will essentially stop your own progression through believing your not capable of it. How do I know this?… because I was there once, and it used to work on me! The fact is, his whole plot is based on a lie. The truth is he knows that you are capable of the same things as Moroni (in Alma 48:17)
“Yea, verily verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and every would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men”.
Doesn’t that make our situations the ultimate irony then? That despite our doubt, despite the fact that we may not even know of, or believe in ourselves or our potential, or even see our worth, that 3 others know it completely!? Who are those 3? They are God, Jesus Christ, and Satan. They know you even if you don’t know you. Sherri Dew once said: “the only thing the power of God and the power of Satan have in common is neither can influence us unless we allow them to”. So who’s power are we letting influence us? Who are we listening to?
So am I really saying you can not only overcome the adversary, but discover who you really are with Christ, and that you are someone incredibly capable, strong, powerful, and a force for good!? Am I saying that we are all capable of much more than we now realize? Am I saying that you, yes you, are a valued, loved, important, and cherished treasure of our Father in Heaven who loves you more deeply than words can explain?! Am I saying that we are all crucial parts of something much bigger?
Yes! Do you realize where you came from!? Every single one of us has already withstood the greatest battle between good and evil the history of the world has seen to this point! We have already fought and defeated not only the adversary but his army as well! We don’t come to this earth to gain our worth, we bring it with us! We’re here to PROVE to ourselves what our Father in Heaven already knows! We’re here to find that fire, that strength, that ability, those gifts and talents that are ALREADY within us and when we find them, USE THEM and LIVE THEM! Do you not realize that we are in the last hours even the last minutes and seconds of the last days! That alone is tribute to your strength! The mere fact that you exist, and are alive, and were chosen to come down to earth now in these times proves your worth! You were chosen now, because you are built for now! You are more than capable to not only withstand, but thrive in these last days! In the last seconds of a close game, does the coach put in the bench warmers or water boy?! NO! He puts in the best of the best, those who have the strength, determination, focus and endless resolve to see, achieve and insure victory! That is who you are!
The following are quotes from Ezra Taft Benson, March 4, 1979 in a talk called “In His Steps”
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not….
God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God…
All through the ages the prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it—you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized…
Which makes it all the more important for us to wake up to who we really are and prepare ourselves and our children. This is who we are and what we are. This is what we can be with Christ! Sure the adversary is growing and recruiting soldiers every single day but guess what… SO ARE WE! The game changer is we know how this ends. The question is where will you be when the final buzzer sounds?
Regardless of what you believe or what you think. The truth is, the fact is, you are of infinite worth, and your individual potential is just as limitless! You are needed, and you are important! That is your worth! That is your potential! Your true worth doesn’t come from anyone else but from God and Christ. If you are looking for true and lasting happiness from the world, and gauging and determining your self-worth from facebook, Instagram, friends, family, your own perceptions or whether or not you have a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife, what your Church calling is or has been, or depending on how much wealth you have accumulated you will not find true joy and happiness. Why? Because it’s not the source of joy and happiness! I say that because I’ve tried it that way and it doesn’t work. I can also testify that I know who and where the source of true joy and happiness is… God and Jesus Christ. I think the first step to becoming truly happy and finding our true worth and purpose on earth is to first look in the right place for it.
With that understand that we that we are all unique! We are all individual with different likes and dislikes, gifts, talents, abilities, hobbies, interests, backgrounds, experiences, struggles, and stories and all these are for a very specific purpose. You are special and with your unique set of gifts and insight there are people that you, and you alone can influence. Maybe it’s a friend, family member, co-worker, an entire nation, or a complete stranger you will run into next Thursday at the grocery store… I don’t know, but what I do know is you are here because you have a job to do, we all do. You have people to help, lift and love. It may be an act of service, simply listening to someone, or something as simple as a smile. Never underestimate what God can do with a simple smile or act of love. I’ve been on both ends of something that simple and will testify they were moments I will never forget! God needs you and can and will use you if you let him.
You are unique for a purpose. We can’t compare ourselves and our life circumstances to anyone else, because we aren’t them! We’re not supposed to be them! We’re supposed to be us, and we need to be us! If we were all the same how effective would we be? Let me put that question into perspective: Can you build a house with only a hammer? How about only a nail? A Screwdriver? A tape measure? A saw? No! The hammer needs the nails just like the wood needs the saw. The screw needs the screwdriver and all the tools together need the contractor to make a home!
Do not let the adversary convince you to be ashamed or embarrassed of your differences or of who you are. Satan will try to downplay, or degrade the very tools and gifts, talents or traits that are unique to you. Satan will attempt to fool you into hiding the very gifts that our Heavenly Father gave us that make us special!
I personally believe that if we had achieved everything our Father in Heaven had for us to achieve… if we had completed everything we had been sent here to this earth to accomplish we wouldn’t be here. But yet, here we are. What if every day when you wake up you ask yourself a simple question: “God has given me another day, why?” That’s not a question for me to answer for you… that’s a question for you to answer for yourself!
I want you to try one more thing for me. Insert your name in place of Moroni in the scripture mentioned prior and now again below. (Alma 48:17). Do this every single morning and see how that changes your day, then your week, then your month, then your life. Set it as your goal and what you strive toward.
“Yea, verily verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto (insert your name here), behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men”.
So my hope and prayer is that we can all wake up to our potential and worth. Let us work hard to get rid of the boundaries that we place on ourselves to become more and become better! Let us make a powerful choice to be the best of what we can be, no matter what that is! To see what power, faith, and potential we have for good! Let us rise up to our callings and blessings and start to view ourselves through God’s eyes… because when we do, we’ll find the truth.