Thursday, September 15, 2011

How does He do that?

I know that prophets and apostles speak today. I'm a big believer that they know God's will and I try really hard to honor and follow their teachings because I know it comes directly from our Heavenly Father. The Mormon church, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, puts out a monthly magazine, The Ensign, which prints the words, counsel, and stories of Church leaders and members all over the world. Every article is intended to draw readers closer to Christ and encourage them in their daily efforts to live by His teachings.

I was reading September's issue and came across an article by M. Russell Ballard. This is what I read:

"My counsel to you is do not lose your faith. Go forward with faith. Faith is a principle of the gospel. Faith is one of the greatest powers that you and I have in this sojourn of mortality. Fear is one of those principles that the devil uses. He likes to seed in your minds and in mine doubts and questions. He's the father of all lies; he lies to us, and he can confuse us if we allow ourselves to be caught up in fear. So replace any fear or apprehension you have now with faith- faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. . ."

As I was reading these words alone in my living room, I felt an overwhelming sense of comfort and an assurance God knows me. Although these words are generic in nature, they are personal to me. I have no doubt the Lord wanted me to read and hear this message. In His omniscience, He has a complete knowledge, awareness, and understanding of what I need and what I'm feeling in my life right now. I feel as if God was talking directly to me, answering the prayers in my heart I've been too afraid to even say out loud, whispering:  

Child, listen to me. I told you I would provide and make the way. I love you and I promise I will buoy you up when you need me. You only have to ask. Just have faith, little one.

Seriously, how does He do that?

Our God is an awesome God!

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