Saturday, January 11, 2020

Spiritual Sleepiness Is A Greater Threat Than Persecution

"And with righteousness shall the Lord God judge the poor, and reprove with equity, for the meek of the earth. And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked: for the time speedily cometh, that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the people; and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire."

I read this article the other day.  I was struck by many parts of it, but I wanted to highlight one in particular.  "[An] Iranian couple had ... the opportunity to move to the U.S.  After living in America for a matter of months, the wife decided she wanted to move back to Iran, telling her surprised husband: 'There is a satanic lullaby here. All the Christians are sleepy and I’m feeling sleepy.'
One leader with FIA notes the alarming nature of her conclusion. 'That story was disturbing because that woman was discerning a threat to her faith that was a greater threat than the kind of persecution that happens in Iran. She saw that spiritual sleepiness is a greater threat to her faith than persecution.' "
2 Nephi 12 covers exactly the "satanic lullaby" she is referring too.  I may get into it in detail another time, but there is NO reason you can't delve into it with the Lord.  However, remember that He cannot show you where you need to improve if you don't allow the option of being wrong.  Your desire to know the truth must out weigh any desire for keeping any belief you hold.  It took me two years, but because of my stubbornness to not be blinded and lulled away in carnal security, like Nephi talks about, the Lord was able to eventually reveal to me the apostasy that the Book of Mormon and Isaiah talk about in significant detail.  That revelation is important to people because you can't have a good foundation built on faulty ideas, which is what apostasy is.  If your foundation is faulty you have to tear everything down and rebuild on a secure foundation.  
Yes, it really is spiritual life or death to KNOW that you aren't asleep.  Throughout the entirety of sacred writing you will read hard words to the rich of the earth and soft words to the poor of the earth.  You will read soft words to the rich of heaven and hard words to those who won't put effort into gaining spiritual things.  Do not wrest (change for your benifit) all the scriptures where the Lord talks about the spiritual difficulties of wealthy.  Money is a great tool the devil uses to give us the false idea that we do anything for ourselves.  That somehow we have control over our lives and if we are well situated that somehow it is because we have done something good to merit that comfort.  The reality is money is a thing.  A thing required in this fallen world to acquire the necessities of life.  Most thoughts and existence center around the acquisition of money, whether you notice it or not.  Money is just a thing that you can share freely with those around you, searching for ways to bless those that the Lord has in his heart to bless (it is him blessing and not you with your money) seeking to have all things in common, as much as possible.  This commandment must be obeyed physically and spiritually, as all commandments must.  
That Lord will do a great sifting.  Most people won't know it is even occurring until the burning starts.  Why wait? Why not invest the heart and effort in to KNOWING now EXACTLY what the blind and pacified look like right now.  If not for you, for your children.  The reality is a sifting is coming.  He cannot put baby goats with the sheep just because they didn't do anything to merit being a goat.  They are programmed to grow into a goat.  Learn what the Lord is looking for.  Awake.  Cry to the Lord for your wickedness and weakness.  Find out what you need to do to have the Lord call you his so that when the fire comes you and your children are able to be kept in his gentle, merciful, arms.
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears; But with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."