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Step 2, Exercise 6: Awake
By GraceConquer
5/7/2014 9:09:22 AM
In what ways am I more aware of Jesus Christ today and his power in my life?
I remember when I made the most grievous of my sins the most overwhelming
sense that I can't do this without Jesus. I feel that he became very real
for me. I have always had a sense that "with enough good deeds and time
between my sins, and continuous work I can make it back to heaven". The sad
fact and the glorious fact is that this is just not true! Not in the least.
The relationship is such that if you went to purchase a lake for millions of
dollars and after signing the paper work you received a glass of the lake
water. It is impossible to compare my power and what I can do in my own
life to a life lived in the path with the LORD.

I can still remember my bishop saying when we first started on the journey
of repentance... You know it is kinda like when addicts get clean there is
no denying or going back on their belief in their "higher power" and in
contrast many people in the church are kinda unaware or asleep to this
(paraphrasing).

It is indeed another paradox. I realize and believe as a result of my sins
and the understanding that it takes total reliance. I have never prayed so
often, and it is not as if it is extra to prayer, I pray because it is
natural and less work, less fearful, and more invigorating.

Today I am AWAKE to the power of the Lord in my life.

Comments:

The misconceptions we somehow believe    
"Quote: "I have always had a sense that 'with enough good deeds and time between my sins, and continuous work I can make it back to heaven'"

I think I subconsciously used to believe this as well. I never really acknowledged this consciously, but I think I had this misconception as well.

In the end, it all comes down to the atonement of Jesus Christ. We simply can't do this by ourselves."
posted at 21:51:41 on May 7, 2014 by Anonymous


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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987