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Friday, May 20, 2011

Walking with the Savior

Have you ever dreamed of walking with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now some of you are thinking to yourself. "That is cool but I would burn because of my imperfections." Well sure enough none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, some are bigger than others. Sometimes I have just imagined what it would truly be like to have walked with the Savior as the Apostles in the New Testament. Could you imagine seeing the Savior stretch out His hand to help somebody who is struggling soo much. 
Lets go to a story in the New Testament in the Book of Matthew.
Matthew 8:1-3
"1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 
2 And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was clean."
Here we have a story of someone who was sick. For all those who don't know anything about leprosy:
"Leprosy is an infectious disease that has been known since biblical times. It is characterized by disfiguring skin sores, nerve damage, and progressive debilitation."
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002323/)
Because of his Faith in Jesus Christ he was healed.  There are many more stories like this in the Bible.  Could you imagine having witnessed what just happened in these scriptures. Could you imagine the faces of the people around. The thoughts of all who witnessed. Some were probably just like, "Wait a second,what just happened here?" Well there are other stories like what the people thought. Lets go to
Matthew 9:2-7
2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5 For whatever is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
Here they who saw Jesus Christ did not believe Him. They lacked faith and did not trust in the Son of God. He even gave them a witness that He is the Son of God by healing the sick of the palsy. What more can He show you to believe?

We all know the story of Judas Iscariot. He received thirty pieces of Silver for giving the Savior to the chief priests. Jesus knew what was going to happen. He know that Judas was going to sell Him. This was part of the plan from before the world was.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said
"This was also a telling time among those who knew Jesus more personally. The most difficult to understand in this group is Judas Iscariot. We know the divine plan required Jesus to be crucified, but it is wrenching to think that one of His special witnesses who sat at His feet, heard Him pray, watched Him heal, and felt His touch could betray Him and all that He was for 30 pieces of silver. Never in the history of this world has so little money purchased so much infamy. We are not the ones to judge Judas’s fate, but Jesus said of His betrayer, “Good [were it] for that man if he had not been born."
Judas Iscariot walked with the Savior just as many of us wish we could. He saw Him perform the miracles. He saw Him help those who stood in need of help. He saw the perfect teacher teaching the Children of God. Who could honestly refuse the Savior? Unfortunately many of us do when we sin. Other times the Spirit may tell us to do something and we refuse the help by ignoring it. Maybe we aren't face to face with the Savior but imagine how He feels when He is wanting to give us everything but we ignore it. It hurts me to know that there are many times in life where I didn't listen to His counsel. His advice may have come through the prophets or the apostles or even our parents and friends. In Amos 3:7 it states, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." Our Loving God will help us through the words of His living modern day prophets. I know there is a living prophet today!

After we have went through some stories of the Bible we can walk with the Savior. In the Doctrine and Covenants(modern day scripture/revelation given to modern day prophets) it states in Section 84:88 it states, "And whoso receiveth  you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

If that is not enough evidence for you that you can walk with the Savior lets turn to the Old Testament in Isaiah 41:10 it states, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengethen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

Here again we have the Saviors promise that He is with us. If you do not yet believe and desire to believe then ask God if He truly is there, because if He wants you to know He will tell you by the power of the Holy Ghost. Watch your feelings as you pray. I know and I testify that God will answer your prayers. I know and I do testify that when we are doing what is right the Savior is there with us. Just as that scripture said in the Doctrine and Covenants His angels shall be round about us. This is so comforting to know especially in these wicked days. You can walk with the Savior especially in the hard times. But you have to fulfill your duty by keeping His commandments.

Jesus is the Christ! He is our Lord and Savior. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. He is not dead but is Risen!

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