Inspired by Elder Russell M. Nelson
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
from his talk “Protect the Spiritual Power Line”
Obedience to gospel principles, or “Natural Law” can bring about happiness and more. Disobedience to these same laws will bring a spiritual bankruptcies that carries sadness and grief as a product. Using a metaphor of hedge trimming and cutting into the power cord and relating this to careless actions possibly causing problems with our spiritual connection to God:
“Isn’t that one of life’s great lessons?” I thought. “Power, if misused, can cut into the very source of that power.”
I started this blog a few weeks ago to put some extra energy and motivation, I found in myself, to good use. I was thinking more clearly and learning lessons I had been missing for some time. I had this transformation because I decided to be more obedient and repent of things that were holding me back in progression in all areas of my life. I have always studied some subject at any given time and often more than one subject. This was not always to bring about results.
We must gain learning, but we must apply it wisely. Otherwise, we have politics without principle, industry without morality, knowledge without wisdom, science without humanity!
I was caught up in the cycle Elder Nelson describes above. I believe most people are caught up to some degree in that cycle. Heavenly father wants us to progress and be happy in learning and applying new things. I decided I would take advantage of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and see if I might be of more worth here in my time on earth. To be able to be productive at all it takes work and I know, as age slows me down, I need the Lord’s help here. I also need some direction to my work and my experience helps there but I still need guidance from the Holy Ghost.
President Heber J. Grant often said, “ ‘That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.’ ” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1901, p. 63.)
Jesus Christ was baptized because he was following the Law not because he needed his sins washed clean. There is much power to be gained by obedience to laws.
Next, consider the power of obedience to law. One of the great applications of spiritual power is obeying the laws of both God and man. Freedom to act and mastery of our actions both emanate from law. “When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” (D&C 130:21.)
Love is an application of power that must remain pure as God intended it. A mothers love is special and we all benefit from a good mother’s examples of love. In my home both the children and father are blessed by an abundance of mothers love. The husband and wife show each other a special love that must be used appropriately so that the Holy Ghost can bless that union with more love. Misused that love is no more than greed and can be destructive.
Can the power to love be misused? Sadly, yes. The illegitimate union of the sexes has, in my observation, been one of the greatest causes of grief. In some instances, the improper use of this sacred physical endowment has even destroyed its use in later years.
Misused, the power of love can cut off spiritual power. The abuse of the power to love can result in no love at all. Only its cheap facsimiles of lewdness and lust remain in the wake of pleasure without conscience. Instead of feasting at the banquet table of bounteous love with his own posterity, one is left with scraps from the table—only the refuse from what might have been.
The ashes of burned “love” smolder with the smoke of sadness. Yet the embers of evil still burn. But as loud voices argue on, let us remember that those who advocate abortion have already been born! Those who freely deny God with their amoral and agnostic practices will one day find that He may just as freely deny them! (See 3 Ne. 28:34.)
The Lord is the source of this power we enjoy. The Holy Ghost connects us to that source of power. Rather than burn power we receive power and are refreshed and have more to share. Prayer strengthens our connection to the power source.
But the Lord places the initiative upon us. He expects us to reach for his power, just as we must insert the plug in the outlet for electricity. He said, “If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” (D&C 42:61; italics added.) Personal worthiness and scripture study enable us to do more with this power.
We must be careful with our power that does truly come from a loving Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins that we might stay close to Heavenly father and benefit of his power and share it with others also. Given such a blessing as power we must be thoughtful and prayerful in it’s use and never abuse it.
Worship strengthens our power line to deity. There can be no true worship without sacrifice, and there can be no true sacrifice without a cause. The cause that earns our love and priority is the cause of Jesus Christ.
Speaking of his own atonement, the Savior proclaimed, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world.” (John 18:37.) His example of worship, sacrifice, and commitment to cause becomes ours! His is the ultimate source of all our power to do good.
As we carefully and prayerfully protect the spiritual power line that links us to the Savior, we become more like him!