Tuesday’s Torch 527
March 12, 2019
Years ago I was making a decision to be baptized. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me that it was the right thing to do. I was being attacked on all sides while making this decision because Satan didn’t want me to make that righteous choice to follow the Savior. I was baptized and not once have I regretted it.
When I was prompted to move over 2,000 miles away from home to attend college, I decided to act on it. At one of the last possible moments another school opportunity that I had been waiting on to open up, did. However, I knew that while it was a good option, it was simply the adversary trying to tempt me away from doing the thing I knew was right.
I chose to move away from home and attend school. Instead of the certificate I would have earned at the program in my home state, I received a Bachelors. On top of that I received so many blessings by being able to learn and grow. Satan did not want that.
I don’t tell these stories to pat myself on the back. I tell these to point out times that I have actually made righteous decisions that have worked out well for me.
There are many other times in my life that righteous promptings have worked out. Some as simple as acting on the impulse to offer to help someone out. Some of the promptings did not come directly to me but instead were given to me by inspired leaders. Acting on some of that guidance brought me the greatest blessings in my life. God is righteous. God is good. As we seek to live a Godly life we will be blessed!
Now of course comes the shift in this message. The warning. I’ve been blessed beyond belief when I have chosen to live righteously. But there have also been so many times that I have went that other direction. Times when even though I knew what would be the right thing to do, I still chose the other path. Many times thinking that it would be ok, it wasn’t that bad, or that I would simply repent later and everything would be ok. I made bad decision after bad decision and cost myself many of my greatest blessings.
In fact, I will say here and now with complete confidence that I have not one time ever been blessed by a single sin I have committed. They have all, every one came back to haunt me. Sure, at the time it can seem ok, sometimes you might even think it is joy or happiness. Yet Galatians 6:7-8 states that we are to:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
In these verses it clearly points to the lesson that I foolishly, stubbornly and painfully had to learn for myself. Maybe I could have saved myself a lot of pain had I taken this verse to heart years ago. But I didn’t. But there’s always today and there is always tomorrow. For me, for you, for our families.
Be righteous. Be good. Serve the Lord and do things that are pleasing to God. I promise you that is what will bring true and everlasting happiness. Don’t be like old stupid Bobby. Don’t think that you can just do whatever you feel like and it will work out. Don’t think that you can do things that you know are wrong and still be blessed. Don’t think that just because you’re a pretty good person, that people like and sometimes love you, that people think highly of you that you can get away with not trying to do better.
For whatever we sow, that is what we will reap. So what is it we really wanna get out of this garden of life? Cause if you plant righteousness, you’ll get true happiness and joy in return. But if you plant sin or unrighteousness? Brothers and Sisters, you do not want that harvest. Trust me. You do not want that harvest. Because it is misery and woe.
But I want to end on a positive note. It’s not too late. No matter what you have done, no matter what you are doing right now or what you’ve got planned to do. Turn to God. Turn to the Savior Jesus Christ. Let him have control. If you have to shout “Jesus take the wheel” or put “He Reigns” also known as Our God is an Awesome God on repeat to remind yourself, do it. Turn to prayer. Turn to the scriptures. Turn to repentance. Turn to God, who is your Father in Heaven, and who loves you. He will help you. He will bless you. And when that roll is called up yonder, you’ll be there. We will be there. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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