So how do we get to a place that allows us to more freely know God’s will and access His Grace? (This is a continuation of the post In the Flow )
We have to be good Watchmen.
Like the Watchmen on the tower in Jeremiah 51:12
If we are good watchmen then we choose what stays in our mind instead of just letting any random thoughts take over. This is the difference between acting and being acted upon.
15 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him. (3 Nephi 18:15)
In the scriptures praying and watching are often together. We pray for help and guidance and then we must watch the spiritual flow for those answers and watch to make sure we are not letting bad thoughts in.
The key to righteous living and staying in the flow is to watch our thoughts and become masters of our minds.
As we watch what is coming in and turn our hearts to God through prayer, we can be empowered through grace to act according to our choices. When we meditation or ponder we can choose to turn off or quiet those physical sensations so we can more easily watch the flow of thoughts. Attuning ourselves with the spirit allows us to find answers to all our needs.
“Prayer is the key which unlocks the door and lets Christ into our lives.”
Prayer is how we align ourselves with the flow and God’s will. If we are in tune, the very words we should say will be given us because we are back to that unified will, wanting and knowing what the Father would have us do.
David O McKay said, “Meditation is the language of the soul. It is defined as “a form of private devotion, or spiritual exercise, consisting in deep, continued reflection on some religious theme.” Meditation is a form of prayer. …Meditation is one of the most secret, most sacred doors through which we pass into the presence of the Lord.”
I love that thought and I have found it to be true. Meditation on spiritual matters can bring us back into alignment with God’s will and the spiritual flow. Our radio dial
is on the perfect spot and we have the ability to once again know His will. Jesus often went off alone to pray and meditate and that is a great example for us to follow.
When we get to the point of being a watchman, just casually observing or having a heightened awareness of the flow of thoughts and feelings that come into our minds, we have a desire to really purify our inner desires and our hearts. We are looking at our thoughts and preventing bad actions by choosing to let the good in and discard the bad. We have learned how to act and not to be acted upon.
We become trust worthy by remaining in the flow and being obedient to those directions and prompting that come to us. As we become more spiritually minded and less temporally minded we are able to receive more and more at an accelerated rate.
As a watchman, we can stop Satan from acting upon us. We can actually enter into the rest of God if we can stop being acted upon. There is a calmness and peace about doing what is right. You aren’t frazzled or overwhelmed when you are in the flow. You take direction as you get it, acting upon it and knowing that the Lord will give you the ability to do what He needs you to do regardless of time constraints or other obstacles. You have faith and trust Him and his promptings. You know that His way was always your way too.
We don’t have to suffer. The gospel is feeling peace through realignment. When we find ourselves out of the flow, we simply and quickly use our agency to choose to come to the principle and align ourselves with it. We make the change and move forward.
Every action starts as a thought or a feeling.
First we think or feel it; then we do.
So the real spiritual battle is not won and does not take place physically with our actions, but in our minds with our thoughts and feelings. If we allow ourselves to dwell on, revisit or mull over a destructive, sinful or inappropriate thoughts or feelings eventually we will act on them.
Satan wants to use doubt, regret and fear to paralyze us, to make us feel incapable of winning. When negative thoughts come into our heads, the best course of action is to acknowledge the thought, make a conscious decision to not engage it and more forward.
Just because a thought enters our mind, does not mean we have to dwell on it. Remember that the adversary has no power to act on us unless we let him by engaging him or the thought.
I find Feelings are somewhat harder to watch than thoughts because they often stem from past injuries. Without advanced notice they can pop up when we are very unprepared for them. They can be strong and overpowering. Meditation helps us watch for those more easily.
Many people feel they don’t have time to meditate, but we can learn to meditate anywhere.
While walking or driving to someplace, showering or putting on makeup, we often allow our thoughts to wander wherever they may. If instead we turn off the radio and purposefully think and direct our flow of thoughts, those times can be a powerful time of meditation and personal revelation.
I find that my ability to receive inspiration is greatly enhanced if I have a pen in my hand and I am writing down my thoughts, but I have had equal success while taking a walk with the memo record feature on my iphone. In fact, it has been very helpful to go back and listen to that stream of thought in those inspired moments. It helps me to keep the faith and not doubt prior instructions.
Christ is the great healer and the more we pursue Him the quicker we will be healed.
Grace makes you whole, both physically and emotionally. It is an enabling power. The Lord wants to enable us. He doesn’t want us to suffer a moment longer than is needful, but we have to choose to align ourselves with Him and be in the flow before he can gift us with that enabling power.
I am overwhelmed at God’s love for me. He makes the way as simple as he can while we in turn thrash and splash about like a drowning victim. He has a lifeline he is ready to throw us, but we have to stop fighting and look towards Him. We have to trust Him enough to give him all of our will. Then we can safely float down the river, knowing that even in the rapids of our lives that he will buoy us up and help us reach our final destination.
Questions to Ponder:
- How can you better watch your thoughts and feelings?
- What things do you need to do to make time for prayer and meditation?