Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fear is dispelled through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Fear is dispelled through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Therefore They Hushed Their Fears - By Elder David A. Bednar https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/therefore-they-hushed-their-fears?lang=eng

What a great Conference talk. In case you don't have time to read it all, here are a few highlights, that stuck out to me. Enjoy!!

10.4%:
My purpose is to describe how fear is dispelled through a correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.


13.4%:
"Where art thou? And [Adam answered], I heard thy voice … , and I was afraid" (Genesis 3:9–10). Notably, one of the first effects of the Fall was for Adam and Eve to experience fear. This potent emotion is an important element of our mortal existence.


21.3%:
Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace.

28.7%:
Truly, one of the great blessings of devoted discipleship is "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).


34%:
But can we hush the fears that so easily and frequently beset us in our contemporary world? The answer to this question is an unequivocal yes. Three basic principles are central to receiving this blessing in our lives: (1) look to Christ, (2) build upon the foundation of Christ, and (3) press forward with faith in Christ.


37.4%:
"Yea, see that ye look to God and live" (Alma 37:47). We should look to and have our focus firmly fixed upon the Savior at all times and in all places.


41.6%:
Peter then walked on the water to Jesus.

"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid," began to sink, and cried out, "Lord, save me.

"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:30–31).


46.1%:
We can be blessed to conquer our fears and strengthen our faith as we follow the Lord's instruction: "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not" (D&C 6:36).


47.7%:
Helaman admonished his sons, Nephi and Lehi: "Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12).


52.1%:
Ordinances and covenants are the building blocks we use to construct our lives upon the foundation of Christ and His Atonement.

54%:
faithfully remember and honor those sacred commitments, and do our best to live in accordance with the obligations we have accepted. And that bond is the source of spiritual strength and stability in a

57.4%:
Nephi declared: "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life" (2 Nephi 31:20).

59.9%:
The disciplined endurance described in this verse is the result of spiritual understanding and vision, persistence, patience, and God's grace.

68%:
godly fear is a source of peace, assurance, and confidence.


69.1%:
The righteous fear I am attempting to describe encompasses a deep feeling of reverence, respect, and awe for the Lord Jesus Christ (see Psalm 33:8; 96:4), obedience to His commandments (see Deuteronomy 5:29; 8:6; 10:12; 13:4; Psalm 112:1), and anticipation of the Final Judgment and justice at His hand. Thus, godly fear grows out of a correct understanding of the divine nature and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, a willingness to submit our will to His will, and a knowledge that every man and woman will be accountable for his or her own sins in the Day of Judgment (see D&C 101:78; Articles of Faith 1:2).

73.9%:
As the scriptures certify, godly fear "is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7), "the instruction of wisdom" (Proverbs 15:33), a "strong confidence" (Proverbs 14:26), and "a fountain of life" (Proverbs 14:27).


75.6%:
Please note that godly fear is linked inextricably to an understanding of the Final Judgment and our individual accountability for our desires, thoughts, words, and acts (see Mosiah 4:30).

78.3%:
Rather, it is the prospect in His presence of facing things as they really are about ourselves and having "a perfect knowledge" (2 Nephi 9:14; see also Alma 11:43) of all our rationalizations, pretenses, and self-deceptions. Ultimately, we will be left without excuse.


88.9%:
godly fear dispels mortal fears.

94.4%:
Godly fear is loving and trusting in Him. As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And "perfect love casteth out all fear" (Moroni 8:16). I promise the bright light of godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears (see D&C 50:25) as we look to the Savior, build upon Him as our foundation, and press forward on His covenant path with consecrated commitment.




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