With God All Things are Possible

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?


6 comments:

  1. I'm in primary, so I wasn't present for that lesson yesterday. BUT, I do have a thought after reading this post.

    Much too often I catch myself with the expectation that I have to do it all by myself. I feel guilty relying on the Lord. It's nice to read this scripture (one of my favorites) and remember that I ought to be doing just the opposite ... I need to rely on the Lord. There's no possible way for me to do it all by myself. But, with God, all things are possible.

    What peace that brings to my soul!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Kiley, first of all, I cannot read, "With God, All Things Are Possible" without thinking of you. Second of all, I know what you mean about feeling guilty. So silly that we think that way. I like what you said about peace. So so true!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't read it without thinking of you and that wonderful year too :).

      Delete
  3. Mosiah 2:21 "Him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another". The very fact that we live, can breath, move and think is thanks to the goodness of the Almighty. For just as "with God, all things are possible" we could probably rightfully say that, "without God, all things are impossible." He gives us everything and then all he asks in return is that we believe and keep His commandments, He is even so loving as to provide us with a few extra chances (repentance) when we mess up. I think more often then forgetting to rely upon the Lord, we forget how reliant we are upon the Lord for everything.---Great thoughts and discussion, thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jeremy, thank you for that scripture association. It's amazing how often we forget the God lends us breath. I like how you mentioned that the reverse is true as well, "without God, all things are impossible." A very insightful comment. Thanks for contributing!

      Delete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete