Saturday, August 26, 2017

Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives

I'm teaching in RS tomorrow at Church. This is my lesson. I wanted to share it because I know it's important. It's probably a little discombobulated because my thoughts into words will be a little different. And with the Spirit leading the lesson, it could go a number of ways!
Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives

ON THE BOARD: How? Topical Guide Challenge and The Living Christ
and related talks list
God so loved the world that He sent His Only Begotten Son2 to help us.3 And His Son, Jesus Christ, gave His life for us. All so that we could have access to godly power—power sufficient to deal with the burdens, obstacles, and temptations of our day.4
Examples of when you had a chapter in your life or obstacle and you wanted/needed the power of God in my life: * Chase on a mission *Enabling and following the Spirit with Garrett
Q: Think of a specific chapter in your life or trial where you needed and used godly power to get through it?
ON THE BOARD: HOW can we draw the power of the Lord into our lives? Make list
Today I would like to speak about HOW we can draw into our lives the power of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
We begin by learning about Him.5 “It is impossible for [us] to be saved in ignorance.”6 The more we know about the Savior’s ministry and mission7—the more we understand His doctrine8 and what He did for us—the more we know that He can provide the power that we need for our lives.
Earlier this year, I asked the young adults of the Church to consecrate a portion of their time each week to study everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the standard works.9 I invited them to let the scriptural citations about Jesus Christ in the Topical Guide become their personal core curriculum.10
I gave that challenge because I had already accepted it myself. I read and underlined every verse cited about Jesus Christ, as listed under the main heading and the 57 subtitles in the Topical Guide.
11 When I finished that exciting exercise, my wife asked me what impact it had on me. I told her, “I am a different man!”
TG Challenge
As Latter-day Saints, we refer to His mission as the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which made resurrection a reality for all and made eternal life possible for those who repent of their sins and receive and keep essential ordinances and covenants.
It is doctrinally incomplete to speak of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice by shortcut phrases, such as “the Atonement” or “the enabling power of the Atonement” or “applying the Atonement” or “being strengthened by the Atonement.” These expressions present a real risk of misdirecting faith by treating the event as if it had living existence and capabilities independent of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Under the Father’s great eternal plan, it is the Savior who suffered. It is the Savior who broke the bands of death. It is the Savior who paid the price for our sins and transgressions and blots them out on condition of our repentance. It is the Savior who delivers us from physical and spiritual death.
There is no amorphous entity called “the Atonement” upon which we may call for succor, healing, forgiveness, or power. Jesus Christ is the source. Sacred terms such as Atonement and Resurrection describe what the Savior did, according to the Father’s plan, so that we may live with hope in this life and gain eternal life in the world to come. The Savior’s atoning sacrifice—the central act of all human history—is best understood and appreciated when we expressly and clearly connect it to Him.
(because it already happened it seems that it is accessible and the work has been done. Our work to apply it hasn’t been done and it is a work we do as we come unto Christ. We cannot access the atonement presently without going to Christ presently.)
The importance of the Savior’s mission was emphasized by the Prophet Joseph Smith, who declared emphatically that “the fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”13
It was this very statement of the Prophet that provided the incentive for 15 prophets, seers, and revelators to issue and sign their testimony to commemorate the 2,000th anniversary of the Lord’s birth. That historic testimony is titled “The Living Christ.”
14 Many members have memorized its truths. Others barely know of its existence. As you seek to learn more about Jesus Christ, I urge you to study “The Living Christ.”
President Nelson also references this scripture. 2 Nephi 28:30 No matter where we are, we can start now. We can learn line upon line.
2 Nephi 28:30
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
True disciples of Jesus Christ are willing to stand out, speak up, and be different from the people of the world. They are undaunted, devoted, and courageous. I learned of such disciples during a recent assignment in Mexico, where I met with government officials as well as leaders of other religious denominations. Each thanked me for our members’ heroic and successful efforts to protect and preserve strong marriages and families in their country.
There is nothing easy or automatic about becoming such powerful disciples. Our focus must be riveted on the Savior and His gospel. It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought.15But when we do, our doubts and fears flee.16
D&C 6: 36
 36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not

Faith in Jesus Christ propels us to do things we otherwise would not do. Faith that motivates us to action gives us more access to His power.
EX. Bishop's challenge last month
We also increase the Savior’s power in our lives when we make sacred covenants and keep those covenants with precision. Our covenants bind us to Him and give us godly power.
D&C 88:63
 63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Personal example: struggling with sympathy and hurt for those in the LGBT community. As I have looked to sources of truth where the Savior’s voice can be heard- I have found peace and clarity. Two things I hadn’t felt on those subjects for a while. Gospel doctrine last week on Celestial Marriage & the family proclamation at temple square challenge.
Do you remember the biblical story of the woman who suffered for 12 years with a debilitating problem?19 She exercised great faith in the Savior, exclaiming, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”20
This faithful, focused woman needed to stretch as far as she could to access His power. Her physical stretching was symbolic of her spiritual stretching.
Many of us have cried out from the depths of our hearts a variation of this woman’s words: “If I could spiritually stretch enough to draw the Savior’s power into my life, I would know how to handle my heart-wrenching situation. I would know what to do. And I would have the power to do it.”
When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.
When you spiritually stretch beyond anything you have ever done before, then His power will flow into you.
It is my testimony that we draw His power int our lives, both He and we will rejoice.
3 Nephi 17:20
20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.

Related talks:
Richard G. Scott
October 2014

M. Joseph Brough
April 2017

Bonnie H. Cordon
April 2017

Returning to the FaithRosemary M. WixomApril 2015

Topical Guide

Jesus Christ 

See also Bread of LifeCornerstoneGod, CreatorGodheadGod the Father, JehovahJesus Christ, Advocate;…………………………………..
·         His birth is foretold, Luke 1:26–38.
·         is born, Matt. 1:18–25 (Luke 2:1–7).
·         is circumcised, Luke 2:21.
·         is presented in the temple, Luke 2:22–38.
·         is visited by the wise men, Matt. 2:1–12.
·         flees to Egypt, Matt. 2:13–18.
·         is brought to Nazareth, Matt. 2:19–23 (Luke 2:39).
·         visits Jerusalem, Luke 2:41–50.
·         brothers and sisters of, Matt. 13:55–56 (Mark 6:3).
·         is baptized, Matt. 3:13–17 (Mark 1:9–11Luke 3:21–23).
·         is tempted by the devil, Matt. 4:1–11 (Mark 1:12–13Luke 4:1–13).
·         calls His disciples, Matt. 4:18–22 (9:9Mark 1:16–202:13–14Luke 5:1–11, 27–286:12–16John 1:35–51).
·         commissions the Twelve, Matt. 10:1–4 (Mark 3:13–19Luke 6:12–16).
·         Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5–7.
·         sends disciples forth by twos, Matt. 9:35–11:1 (Mark 6:7–13Luke 9:1–6).
·         foretells His death and resurrection, Matt. 16:21–26 (17:22–2320:17–28Mark 8:31–379:30–3210:32–45Luke 9:22–259:43–4518:31–34).
·         is transfigured, Matt. 17:1–8 (Mark 9:2–8Luke 9:28–36).
·         sends forth the seventy, Luke 10:1–24.
·         triumphal entry of, into Jerusalem, Matt. 21:1–11 (Mark 11:1–11Luke 19:29–44John 12:12–19).
·         institutes the Lord’s Supper, Matt. 26:26–29 (Mark 14:22–25Luke 22:17–201 Cor. 11:23–26).
·         is betrayed, arrested, and forsaken, Matt. 26:47–57 (Mark 14:43–53Luke 22:47–54John 18:2–13).
·         is crucified, Matt. 27:31–56 (Mark 15:20–41Luke 23:26–49John 19:16–30).
·         is resurrected, Matt. 28:1–8 (Mark 16:1–8Luke 24:1–12John 20:1–10).
·         appears after His resurrection, Matt. 28:9–20 (Mark 16:9–18Luke 24:13–50John 20:11–31Acts 1:3–81 Cor. 15:5–7).
·         ascends to heaven, Mark 16:19–20 (Luke 24:50–53Acts 1:9–12).
·         appears to the Nephites, 3 Ne. 11:1–17 (chaps. 11–26).
·         saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55.
·         I am Jesus whom thou persecutest, Acts 9:5 (22:826:15).
·         How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth, Acts 10:38.
·         hath God … raised unto Israel a Saviour, JesusActs 13:23.
·         testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ, Acts 18:5.
·         evil spirit … said, Jesus I know, and Paul, Acts 19:15.
·         so many of us as were baptized into Jesus ChristRom. 6:3.
·         any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified, 1 Cor. 2:2.
·         no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost, 1 Cor. 12:3.
·         Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone, Eph. 2:20.
·         at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, Philip. 2:10.
·         every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, Philip. 2:11.
·         Jesus Christ of the seed of David, 2 Tim. 2:8.
·         Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, Heb. 2:9.
·         great high priest … Jesus the Son of God, Heb. 4:14.
·         Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, Heb. 12:2.
·         Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever, Heb. 13:8.
·         Messiah … his name shall be Jesus Christ2 Ne. 25:19 (Mosiah 3:8).
·         I am Jesus Christ the Son of God, 3 Ne. 9:15 (11:10).
·         God of the land, who is Jesus ChristEther 2:12.
·         I am Jesus Christ … the Father and the Son, Ether 3:14 (3:17–20).
·         in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him, D&C 59:5.
·         mine Only Begotten Son … which is Jesus ChristMoses 6:52.


The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.
He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.
Q: Have you ever done what is right without the right intention? And at other times, you’ve done the right thing for the right reason and you felt the difference?
Applying goodwill and love as the Savior does can change the results and our attitude drastically.
I.E. When I was having a hard couple of months in my marriage, I started serving bc I had learned that that would help me not be so selfish and learn to love. I wasn’t doing it with the best attitude and just wanted it to work quickly. Over time, I changed my attitude to do it out of love and without any expectations in return and just follow the Savior- and then there was real change and softening of hearts on both ends.
He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.
We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.
He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Cor. 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America. In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Eph. 1:10).
Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
“I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:3–4).
Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).
We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of … apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20).
We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.