I love King Benjamin's address! Don't miss out - make sure you Read it!
Here are some notes I jotted down"
v.2 less than the dust of the earth, 5 nothingness and worthless and fallen state, 11 unworthy creatures (insulting?! maybe. but it is what it is. This is a good test to see how humble we are... how would you react to being called these things?)
v.6 "...the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life..."
v.9& 10... Believe:
- in God;
- that He is, and that he created all things both in heaven and in earth;
- that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth;
- that man doth not comprehend all things which the Lord can comprehend.
- that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you (v.10)
"...and now, if you believe all these things, see that ye do them." (10)
I love finding if/then promises in the scriptures... like this one:
v.11 If you...
- Remember the... greatness of God
- Humble yourself
- Call on the name of the Lord daily
- Stand steadfast in the faith
v.12 Then, "ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true."
v 16-23 King Benjamin talks about helping those who are in need of help. How we are not to judge, and we should impart of our substances. "For behold, are we not all abeggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?"19
I think this is a very very important principle that we too often forget. It is the tool of the devil to use prosperity to cause pride and cause us to neglect the second great commandment "Love they neighbor as thyself." Which goes back to what Elise said yesterday about why we do what we do. We have to be careful not to judge other that choose differently than we do!
I am guilty of judging, and while reading this got a "reality check" and realized how much I need to improve. Maybe this was for me!?
I found verse 27 comforting: "And see that all these things are done in wisdom and aorder; for it is not requisite that a man should run bfaster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize..." We shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking we can do more than we really can because we will end up burnt out and will more than likely be less of a help to those who need us.
Wow, and verse 30 "But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not awatch yourselves, and your bthoughts, and your cwords, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and dcontinue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not."
Remembering the things we hear and learn is the key.
-I am so glad to be doing this again! Thanks, ladies!!