This Un-Blog has been going now for over a year. I quite often think of some wonderful principle, or spiritual understanding I wish to share, and then remember that I’ve already Un-Blogged about it. I also know that the priceless truths of the gospel are hard to embed in someone’s heart with mere words, so I don’t feel too bad about repeating myself now and then.
One of the truths I have mentioned before that actually still surprises me, is that “spirituality” isn’t entirely like opening a door into a world filled with light. Every time I have sought, fought for, paid the price for, and obtained some new spiritual footing, it has opened the door to equal and opposite light and dark.
I believe the prototype of this phenomenon is the first vision, when the powers of darkness tried to destroy Joseph even while the Father and Son were riding the celestial escalator to earth. They allowed it to occur. Everything must occur according to Divine law, so there must be some fine print somewhere in the “Constitution of Mortal Life” which gives the powers of darkness this power of opposition to all things good.
In very much the same way as increasing our ability to hear the Holy Spirit seems to increase our ability to hear proportionately stronger temptations and lies, seeking and obtaining the gift of seeing spiritual beings, comes with an equal view of the darker side of that same world of seen spiritual beings. It can be frightening, and a little chilling to experience such things. But the good news, in my limited experience, is that each greater blessing I have been blessed to experience was heralded first by some form of opposition of the same type as the blessings that shortly followed. It is a somewhat ironic witness that we are on the right path to something greater. It doesn’t seem to be something we can avoid.
When we triumph it will be because we walked through the flames, not around them. We will rejoice in the eternal day because we have experienced and rejected the world of darkness. Jesus Christ chose to descend “below all things” so that we could, with Christ, rise above all things.
We fear no evil because Jesus Christ conquered evil, and paid the price for our everlasting triumph. When we experience dark things on our journey into the light, our role in this divine drama is not to conquer evil, but to conquer ourselves, and by His grace, to conquer our pride, our fears, and our flaws. We are the ransomed ones, not because we are great, or chosen, or reserved, but because we love and obey Him. It isn’t merely that we might someday engage and win, but that we already are. The earth is His footstool, and by the empowerment of His atonement we are even now walking through the towering flames of opposition back into His presence.
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