Did you have the same lesson in Priesthood or Relief Society that we did? Chapter 14 of the Teachings of Lorenzo Snow manual?
The title of the lesson is "With God All Things are Possible." While that is a really powerful statement, it is not unfamiliar to the Latter-day Saint. There were some specific passages in this section that are quite mind-blowing to me. And I am in need of your insights and thoughts.
I'm very comfortable with the idea that we need to do all we can and then Heavenly Father will make up the rest. But is this a true statement? We understand that faith without works is dead, but what is the definition of works? What kind of works should we be doing?
Idea #1, we need divine help more than we realize: (Quote A)
In and of ourselves we cannot possibly comply with all the commandments that God has given unto us. Jesus himself could not without divine aid from His Father accomplish His work. He said on one occasion, “I can of mine own self do nothing, as I hear I judge and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.” [John 5:30.] And we, if it was necessary for Him, our Lord, to have divine assistance, will find it all the more important to receive His assistance.
If Christ said, "I can of min own self do nothing..." why is it that I regularly rely on myself? What does it mean to receive His assistance? What are your thoughts?
What do you think of this loaded statement? (Quote B)
We should consider that of ourselves we can do nothing. We are the children of God. We are in darkness, [unless] God enlightens our understanding. We are powerless, [unless] God helps us. The work that we have to do here is of that nature that we cannot do it unless we have the assistance of the Almighty. … Here is the great trouble with men of the world, and too much so with the Elders of Israel; we forget that we are working for God; we forget that we are here in order to carry out certain purposes that we have promised the Lord that we would carry out. It is a glorious work that we are engaged in. It is the work of the Almighty; and He has selected the men and the women whom He knows from past experience will carry out His purposes.
What other lines stand out to you from this lesson?