Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why We Can Keep the Commandments Without Fear

By keeping the commandments, we are living the principles of Zion even while we yet live in Babylon.  The Lord knows we need reassurance in order to have the courage and trust to start.
  • Remember the manna in the wilderness.
  • Remember the crows feeding Elijah during the drought.
  • Remember the widow's oil and flour which never failed.
  • Remember the feeding of the multitudes.
  • Remember the seventy, whom the Lord sent without purse nor scrip.
  • Remember the lilies in the field.
  • Remember that if we give it shall be given us.
  • Remember that he that provides not for those of his household is worse than an infidel and has denied the faith - do you suppose that the Lord is worse than an infidel and will deny the faith?
You can go look this stuff up in the scriptures.  Remember, it's pointless to argue people into this course of action, for the Lord receives not the begrudged gift.  Either you freely believe the scriptures and the promises of the Lord, and this of your own will and not because someone's hounding you about it, or you do not believe.  And if you do believe, then you will do what he's asked you.

It's not supposed to be pleasant.  It's supposed to give us experience, wisdom, knowledge, and intelligence, permitting us to fulfil the conditions whereby we may have the Spirit of Christ with us always.

What happens if we have a spouse that does not believe the Lord?  Well, the commandment is to give to every man that asks you, so give your spouse whatever they ask for.  Marital instability and divorce is a fully forseeable consequence of keeping the commandments.
JST Luke 14:25-34
25 And when he had finished these sayings, he departed thence, and there went great multitudes with him, and he turned and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, or husband, yea and his own life also; or in other words, is afraid to lay down his life for my sake, cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 Therefore, settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you.
29 For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have money to finish his work?
30 Lest, unhappily, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish his work, all who behold, begin to mock him,
31 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. And this he said, signifying there should not any man follow him, unless he was able to continue; saying,
32 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand, to meet him who cometh against him with twenty thousand.
33 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an embassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
34 So likewise, whosoever of you forsaketh not all that he hath he cannot be my disciple.
To be a disciple of Christ requires us to forsake everything we have - or, if you like, the faith to be saved requires the sacrifice of all things.  Can we perform that sacrifice if we are always begging and pleading with God to not let us perform that sacrifice, but to please please please let us keep some things back from him?