We are in a battle of epic proportion and it’s the battle for our lives. I cannot deny it. We are fighting an evil so monumental. I don’t know if we recognize the armies that work on us to fail, to give up, to succumb to the temptation’s of the world. If you think about 1/3 of the hosts of heaven that were lead astray by Lucifer, that’s a lot of spirits working on you and I to give up, throw in the towel, and they work on those who believe in Christ ruthlessly.
In doing this blog I have felt the awful impact of their suggestions, such as “Who are you to think you can teach about this? Everyone thinks you’re a fool! Everyone is judging you! Just quit!” See what I’m saying, we are all surrounded with their warring tactics trying to prevent us from fulfilling any purpose that even has the smallest impact to do good. He knows your potential, so don’t give up. Recognize where those voices are coming from and don’t give them any power in this war we are fighting together. The interesting things is once we master where those thoughts are coming from then he starts placing those thoughts in the minds of others and tries to get them to stop you in the same way. The spirit of the Lord never places thoughts that include fault finding in those around us. Recognize that, we need to be vigilant in fighting that as well.
N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency really stressed the need for us to understand the tactics of the enemy. He told us what we need to teach.
“They must be taught that Satan is real and that he will use all agencies at his disposal to tempt them to do wrong, to lead them astray, make them his captives and keep them from the supreme happiness and exaltation they could otherwise enjoy.”
In 1 Nephi 1:16-20 is a classic example of what we can expect as followers of Christ. Lehi was teaching the people of Jerusalem what would happen if they didn’t repent. He was bold and testified of their wickedness and their abominations; and he let them know exactly what would happen if they didn’t repent.
In return, they mocked him, they hardened their hearts (listened to the lies of the adversary) and they made plans to destroy him.
Verse 20 is filled with the most powerful words of Hope.
“But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you the that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.”
Elder David A. Bednar taught about the power of the Lord in helping:
“We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance (see 1 Nephi 1:20).
“Some individuals who hear or read this message erroneously may discount or dismiss in their personal lives the availability of the tender mercies of the Lord. . . . We may falsely think that such blessings and gifts are reserved for other people who appear to be more righteous or who serve in visible Church callings. I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2005, 106–7; or Ensign, May 2005, 100–101).
You will see the tender mercies of the Lord in your life as you learn to watch for them and as you come to believe that the power of God can indeed help you recover.-LDS Family Services ARP
A few years ago, I was in a terrible vehicle accident where I accidentally struck a pedestrian. The individual crossed in front while I was watching for on coming traffic on the left and preparing to make a right hand turn. When I pulled forward, the powered scooter was out of my sight of vision directly in front of my vehicle. The car drug the individual for a few feet causing severe trauma to both of us. We were both in a state of shock. The individual was life flighted to a hospital near by, and a dear friend drove me home. It took well over a year before the incident received finality from all legal and insurance actions and that doesn’t include what time it took the wonderful individual to heal from the wounds inflicted. I was a wreck, first off because of the trauma this other individual went through. It killed me to know of the damage, surgery and all this person was going through was a result of this accident.
Looking back on this, I can see there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. I couldn’t see the individual at all. The only way it could have been prevented is if the motorized scooter had a tall flag attached to it.
So often this is what happens when it is discovered that a loved one has an addiction. You never saw it coming. It causes you to go in a state of shock, you wonder if there is anything you could have done to prevent it, it leaves the addicted and their loved ones in an injured spot and you have no idea how long it will take for all to recover. The only way that it could have been prevented, is if the addicted would have heeded the red flag warnings of the Lord to avoid the pitfalls of addiction in the first place. Once the addiction is discovered, all you can do is work on your personal recovery, while praying for the healing that only the master physician can procure in behalf the the addicted. It’s not something we can do for them, it’s something they must do for themselves with our love, support and help from priesthood leaders and possibly professionals.
What got me through this time, was looking for the tender mercies of the Lord. Looking for His hand in both of our lives. As I looked, this is what I discovered:
- The individual lived.
- There were angels present.
- Assistance for both was immediate.
- A friend from another faith asked if she could pray with me. Right there off of Main Street she held my hands and she prayed for both of us.
- Another friend stopped, got me home and stayed with me.
- My Bishop and his wife stopped in and checked in on me.
- The injured received the best care possible in a great hospital.
- The insurance covered everything.
- The article that made the front page news was fair and not partial.
I could go on and on about the tender mercies that were present. This is what kept me from sinking into complete hell. I focused on each and every tender mercy. It kept me in an abundant mind set where I could see the Lord’s hand and all the blessings that were present. I prayed for the other party and that healing would take place. I wrote a letter expressing my sentiments and hoped for healing in their behalf.
The Lord has blessed me so much. I have felt the Lord and His mighty power in my behalf, even unto the power of deliverance. I have felt His love when I have kept track of my Tender Mercies. I have been amazed at all He has done as he has carried me time and time again. I know and testify that the power from the Savior, to become Mighty unto deliverance, applies to all who are willing to put in the work.