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Faith – The Eighth Hour

March 4, 2015

In other news, the word “eighth” is weird.

1 Corinthians 3:11

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

He is the foundation of everything.


1 Corinthians 3:7

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

We all work in our different ways to follow the commandments of God and do His will.  Not one of us is better than the other.  God blesses us as we strive to do His will.


Lots of Moroni 7 coming up… =)

Moroni 7:5

…by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also.

You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?  Your true heart will show in the actions that you take.  Therefore, let your heart be fully centered on the things of God, and your actions will naturally follow.


Moroni 7:12-13

Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin and to do that which is evil continually.

But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.

So if you want to do bad things, you know who is tempting you to do them.  And if you feel a desire to do good things, you know where that prompting comes from too…


Moroni 7: 16-17

For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore I show unto you the way to judge; for everything which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

Every person has the ability to choose good from evil. How do you know what is good and what is evil?  If you have a desire to believe in Christ, that’s from God.  If you have a desire to not believe Christ, to deny him, and not serve God, that’s from the devil.  Anything that persuades you to do good – that’s from God.  Anything that persuades you to be mean or cruel or to mock or to steal or anything wrong – that’s from the devil.


Moroni 7:19

Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.

Search the scriptures and pray that you will be able to tell what is right and what is wrong.  Anything that you discover is right, hold on to that thing, and practice that good thing, and you will truly be a child of God.


Luke 13:5

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Pretty self explanatory.


Luke 11:34-35

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

If you are focused on the things of God, you will be filled with His spirit.  If you vacillate and mess around with the things of the world…not so much.


Luke 11:28

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

A woman had come to Jesus and said blessed be your mother for having you, and this was his reply.


Luke 11:9-13

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? of if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

I could have sworn I’ve entered this one before, but I couldn’t find it, so perhaps not.  Our Father in Heaven is eager and willing to give us good gifts.  All we need to do is recognize that we need them, and ask.


Luke 10:38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things;

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Ok.  Straight up, I have issues with this.  Yes, focusing on the Gospel is the most important thing.  However, one does not live in a vacuum.  Notice none of the men offered to get up and help.  Why?  Because at that time it just wasn’t done.  The women did that kind of work.  If Mary had helped, could the work have been completed quicker so both Mary and Martha could listen?  Even today we are cumbered with social mores and expectations that irritatingly bind us.  It would be awesome to chuck it all and go teach the gospel…but *someone’s* got to go out and work to pay the bills so we have a place to live and eat.  *Someone’s* got to keep the house clean and organized and prepare the food (I write, as I glance around guiltily, having ignored the calls of the house to work on this Faith project).

You could say I have chosen the better part because I am working on my personal progress project, and am thinking about the words of Christ.  That doesn’t mean the dishes magically get done or the floors magically cleaned.  That work is still there, and it’s still my responsibility, and I have *guilt* for working on PP and not doing my chores.

I am sure there is something in this scripture that I am missing.  There is something that has been missed out in the translation, or was never written.

Maybe Martha was making a lavish meal instead of a simple one so that she could sit down and listen.

Maybe she felt the weight of expectation – those dang patriarchal annoying expectations – to make a lavish meal.

Maybe everyone got up and helped haha yeah right.

In any case. I find this somewhat annoying, so clearly I’m missing something important.  At some point I will get the knowledge I need to understand.  But right now I just see it as a very real, very relevant, tug-of-war between expectations, the reality of living in a fallen world, and choosing to set that all aside and choose the better part.

Grrrr.  It’s annoying, I tell you.


Acts 10:34-35

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons;

But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

God doesn’t care if you’re a king or a princess or a president or the secretary of state or a teacher or a street sweeper.  He doesn’t care what you do for a job – as long as it’s not illegal or sinful – all He cares about is…where’s your heart?  Are you following His commandments?  Are you following the Saviour’s example?  These are the most important things in life.  Not worldly power and prestige.


Luke 6:32-38

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Ah Luke.  His different way of saying things provides a further witness and perspective.

Do more than the world would have you do. Go the second mile, even though the hated Roman has piled the heavy backpack on you, interrupting your life and insulting you.  Walk that second mile.

And be ye merciful as your Father is also merciful.  A different perspective on “perfect”.  Be kind and gentle to all.  Don’t b mean.  Don’t judge.  Don’t condemn.  Forgive and give, and you will be richly blessed by your Father in Heaven.


Moroni 10:7

…he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men,…

First comes faith.  First faith, then miracles.  Are you freezing to death and want to be warm?  Gather the wood and kindling, lay the fire correctly, light it, nurse it, build it…and then you’ll get warm.


Moroni 7:45-47

And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth.  Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail –

But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Charity is not donating stuff to Goodwill.  Charity is the pure love of Christ.  Charity is the love Our Father feels for His children.  So if you pray to have charity, you are praying that you will feel for your fellowmen the love that your Father in Heaven feels for them. From that deep love comes an understanding, a compassion, and a desire to help, lift, and serve others.  There is no judgement or condemnation in charity.  It is pure love.

Those who have charity are long suffering and kind.  They don’t covet what other people have.  They don’t think they’re all that.  They don’t get easily offended or angry, and don’t have icky thoughts.  They don’t cheer on those who are sinning, but feel happy and at home in the Gospel.  Those who have charity work hard, have hope in Christ and believe him, and endure all that they must endure in this world.

Charity is everything.  It’s the beginning and the end.  Pure love of God and your fellow man is what it’s all about.


Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with al thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


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