Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hidden Gems--Power

Have you ever looked up the definition of that word? It's pretty awesome.

POWER
noun
the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. (from Google)

I had a powerful moment when reading about power at the end of the Book of Mormon a few weeks ago. And in starting the Book of Mormon, there was that word again, exercising power over me, striking something in my mind and calling my attention.

Moroni 10: 7 (second to last page of the Book of Mormon)
"And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever."

1 Nephi 1:20 (third page of the Book of Mormon)
"But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you 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."

The power of God is one of the things I've been pondering in recent years. I've learned a few things about that power, and having access to it. As both of these scriptures mention, FAITH is a key factor in accessing the power of God. Another thing that is important, is VIRTUE.

Have you ever looked up the definition of that word?

VIRTUE
noun
behavior showing high moral standards. (from Google)

In the New Testament, a woman presses her way to Jesus, unbeknownst to Him, and grasps his clothes believing this alone will heal her. She is healed, and this is how the story is related from the Savior's perspective:

Mark 5:30 "And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?"

It was his virtue, that gave him the power to heal her. And this woman wasn't the only one to see the power of God in Him manifest by his virtue.

Luke 6:19 "And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all."

A powerful example of the access to God's power that virtue can provide is the story of Joan of Arc. I love this documentary done by BYUtv

Along with FAITH and VIRTUE, there is something else that provides access to the power of God, and that is HUMILITY, or I sometimes prefer the word MEEKNESS, because it implies another key ingredient: SUBMISSION.

A good reference for this idea is a talk by Richard C. Edgely called "The Empowerment of Humility."

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