Tuesday’s Torch 605
September 15, 2020
Today’s message will start with something that happened over this past day. As many of you may know I typically use a power wheelchair each day. As some of you may not know, the chairs require a full charge each night in order to keep the battery in good shape and ensure the power needed for daily circumstances. Last night as all other nights I plugged mine in and went to bed. Today I went about my day around the house and when running a late errand realized that the battery was rapidly approaching dead. At that point the errand running was over. Apparently somewhere in the process of plugging it in, a proper connection wasn’t established. It could have been the plug wasn’t in all the way or some other user error. I’ve forgotten to plug it in on many occasions and had to deal with that to varying degrees too. Connections and charged batteries are important.
This power wheelchair scenario can apply to an aspect of the Gospel. Preparation or more precisely Spiritual preparation is very important. We have to recharge our spiritual batteries quite often. So many of us seek guidance and answers quite often through prayer, but are there things that can prevent the connection from giving us the charge we need? Absolutely.
For one, we have to keep ourselves worthy of the spirit, that doesn’t mean we must be perfect but we should be striving to live righteously. But if we are spending our days living in ways that remove the spirit from our lives that would be like me spending my whole day doing laps around my house or spinning my tires in mud and expect to maintain a charge all day. Making it back to the charger at the end of the night would be pretty tough with a completely dead battery.
So why is it so important that we keep the spirit with us and keep our spirits fully charged? Well let us read in the scriptures a major part of what the Holy Ghost does for us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-14 states:
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
These verses clearly state that we don’t see the answers we seek from God with our eyes or our ears and they don’t just magically appear inside of us. The answers and truth we seek are given to us by the Holy Ghost. How do we know that receiving these things are dependent upon living righteously and keeping commandments?
In those verses it speaks of “the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” Add to that the words spoken by the Savior as recorded in John 14:15-17 and it will become abundantly clear.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
It is keeping the commandments that qualifies us for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It is keeping our spiritual batteries in good shape that will allow us to make that connection through scripture study and prayer that’ll give us the power and ability and fuel we need to make it through our lives.
So let’s say my wheelchair battery were to die. Ok, it would be terrible but I could call someone to come help, hopefully my phone would be with me and charged… Hmm. Maybe I could’ve used a dead phone analogy and gotten the point across to more people? Hmm. Oops.
But to the point I’m making, I could survive the physical fallout of a powerless wheelchair, something purely physical. But to live life in such a way as to lose the spirit of God completely? That is the incomprehensible sadness that many in this world are carrying with them throughout their lives. To even limit the spiritual connection with our Heavenly Father is painful. Let us all strive to strengthen that connection.
The way is clear. Strive to keep the commandments, live clean and as righteously as possible. That thing, whatever it is, that is right this minute popping into your head that you should either stop doing because it’s bad or that good thing you’re thinking of that you know you could be doing better: Make that change. Put in the work required to strengthen the spiritual connection so that you may stay on track. So that you may receive the answers, the guidance and even the strength required that comes in no other way except through the Spirit of Truth, that is the companionship of the Holy Ghost! And as I have to do with my chair, let us recharge our spiritual batteries every single day!
I testify that I know for certain that the Holy Ghost really will prompt you and direct you as you allow it to happen by striving to make righteous decisions and seeking that guidance and direction through prayer and study and by keeping the commandments, And I share this message in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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