Am I Willing To Sacrifice All Things Part 2


Brother of jaredWe have come to the point in our journey where the covenant to sacrifice all things has distilled upon our souls. Precious promises have been given to us. This is the start of a magnificent journey, which the Lord will use to refine our souls even more. You will find your spirit is pointed outward to bless people, because inside you burn with the fire of the Holy Ghost, and the Lord says come follow me.
 

 

Remember you are not perfect, you still sin but you are more aware of the Savior’s atonement in your life. His life is too precious and His suffering too great to ignore. The Savior’s name is Sacred to you; it has power in your life as never before. You bow your head in reverence at the mere mention of His name.

 

 

I have had many friends start on this journey and then back away because it became too hard, the price too high to pay. I say unto to them as I say unto you, endure it well, press forward and hold on to your faith and do not give up.

 

 

As President George Q. Cannon said: “No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments.” (“Remarks,” Deseret Evening News, Mar. 7, 1891, 4); see also Jeffrey R. Holland, “Come unto Me,” Ensign, April 1998, 16–23).

 

 

I promise you from sacred experience that the journey is worth every trial which you will endure. It will strip from you what the world deems important and leave you a disciple of Christ. This process of purifying will be with you the rest of your life.
 

 

I close with the  Lectures on Faith. I was given to study Lecture 6 by Heavenly instruction and it literally changed my understanding of so many things, especially faith. I would encourage all to read Lecture 6 on a weekly basis. Here is a portion of that Lecture that I love.

 

 

[Lec 6:7e] “When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice, because he seeks to do his will, he does know most assuredly that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not nor will not seek his face in vain.”

 

 

What a wonderful promise to all seekers of truth. This is the most joyous journey we can embark on in this life. It is worth every trial that we will have, because it will make us in the image of Christ.
Shayne

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16 Responses to Am I Willing To Sacrifice All Things Part 2

  1. Jennifer says:

    Shayne,
    Thank you for this post. I have read the Lectures on Faith a couple of times this year, however after reading your post I went and read it again. I appreciate your encouraging us to re-read Lecture 6 again. As I did so, I found many answers within those pages. I agree, we should read that one every week. Understanding sacrifice has been on my mind a lot recently. I appreciate Kenneth comments as well and his reference to a Celestial Sacrifice. That truly helped to bring some of my experiences into further light. I am so grateful I found this blog!

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  2. Kenneth says:

    The Journey to Christ and the Journey to Father are as night and day! It’s called The Celestial Sacrifice!

    We live in a Telestial world filled with Telestial beliefs and ideas that influences everyone to some degree to another. As we finish the Telestial journey, we will move into the Terrestrial millennial era with all its concepts, ideas and beliefs… both the Telestial and Terrestrial mind sets are centered and focused on Christ: “come unto Christ,” “come follow me,” “believe in Christ,” “accepting Christ as your personal Savior,” “believe in Christ and deny him not”… this is all very important and necessary in the journey… but there is something more and that is fulfilling our potential as Christ did it! We also know that “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (Christ) John 14: 6.

    I have personally experienced that coming unto the Father requires a Celestial Sacrifice of everything, save it be our “eternal nature.” Our “eternal nature” is in reality our “eternal spirit”(Abraham 3:18) and it is comprised of two innate parts that is played out in many metaphors thought-out the scriptures. The most obvious metaphor is the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” This metaphor is really about our potential to become as God is by the choices we make moment by moment in our lives by partaking of the fruit of the “tree of life.” The “tree of life” is the god potential in us all and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” is our ego, the natural man, the carnal nature with in us. We are each in charge of our own Garden of Eden, how we dress and take care of it is up to us individually… what fruits we choose to eat creates our reality. Since we have all chosen to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (our ego, welcome to mortality!), we must learn how to approach the “tree of life” (the god potential with in us) …but it comes with a price (a celestial sacrifice). We cannot sacrifice our “eternal spirit,” or our “innate potential” on any altar, real or imaginary. To sacrifice everything but our holiness of character can be daunting, but that is what Christ did in Gethsemane and on the cross. If we are to receive the glory of the Father, it will require us to experience what Christ experienced in Gethsemane (not all are willing to go that far into the “Christ” experience).

    When we give up our “own will” (which is symbolic of “the natural man,” our ego!) we will learn how to spiritually take upon ourselves the sins of all people. To bear or take the sins of all is to perceive and understanding the pain and suffering of all who are partakers of “the natural man,” the “enemy” of god/God and love them unconditional… not for their choice to do wrong, but to love them because of their “potential” to overcome the world and become as God is in attribute, character and beliefs (this is a daunting task)! It is a Celestial Sacrifice when we can “follow” Christ into Gethsemane and few are willing to go there. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8).

    I have probably said too much about the law of sacrifice; …there is more we place on the Celestial alter to be worthy of following Christ into Gethsemane that I cannot share right now, other than to say we place “everything” on the Celestial alter… every belief system, thought, idea that is not a part of our divine character! I will live you with this thought from LDS Bible Dictionary:

    Holiness. According to the O.T. things or places were holy that were set apart for a sacred purpose; the opposite of holy is therefore common or profane (1 Sam. 21:5; Ezek. 22:26; 42:20; 44:23; 48:13–15). Similarly a holy person meant one who held a sacred office. The Israelites were a holy people because they stood in a special relationship to Jehovah. Under the guidance of the Prophets it was seen that what distinguished Jehovah from the gods of the heathen was his personal character. The word holy therefore came to refer to moral character (Lev. 11:44; 19:2; 21:8; Isa. 6:3–8). Israel must be holy in character because the God of Israel was holy (Jer. 7:4–7; cf. Matt. 5:48). The Law of Holiness (Lev. 17–26) shows how the attempt was made by means of ceremonial observances [priesthood ordinances] to secure this holiness of character. The attempt failed because the later Jews observed the letter and neglected the spirit; they attached more importance to the ceremonial than to the moral; and the result was a lapse into formalism. But in the writings of the Prophets it is clearly laid down that the value of worship in the eyes of God depends upon the personal character of the worshipper (LDS Bible Dictionary, Holiness) [priesthood ordinances] added to draw attention to how the “attempt” is made via “ceremonial observance” to secure holiness of character to ancient and modern Israel (symbolically all mankind). The “attempt” will always fail, because it is impossible to make something “holy” from the outside in, it must always be from the inside out! So the “attempt” through ordinances can only provide an “awakening” to the inner potential of man and that is why we have them…to “awaken” us spiritually! That is why the “priesthood may be conferred upon us…but when we undertake to…exercise control or …compulsion…in any degree of unrighteousness…the heavens withdraw…amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man… “only by” the principles (attributes of godliness) … “by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness…(choosing) virtue (to) garnish thy thoughts unceasingly” do we enter “the presence” of god/God and our “Ghost” is then made “Holy,” in this constant companionship…and “ without compulsory means it shall flow” (D&C 121:36-46).

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  3. heidip0202 says:

    To everyone in the Unblog community, I am so grateful that I have found this blog, and have found myself immersed in such peace as I read posts, and different books and articles by John/Spencer. I feel a kinship with you here, and joy in our common goal of reaching Zion through obedience and growing in light and truth until the pefect day. Thank you, thank you!! I am excited to explore the Lectures on Faith. Sweet is the peace the gospel brings!

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  4. Mary E. says:

    Shane, Spencer – all of you – I thank my Lord and Savior for allowing this Unblog to let me know of others who share in the precious sacred realities that are so often beyond human language. Through your inspired words my soul rejoices in the glow of the Spirit and the gift of Presence, Presence, Presence. Thank you so much! May this Unblog be protected and inspired to be able to continue to bless our lives!

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  5. larue says:

    I love the hymn “How Firm a Foundation”. Many times in my life the words to the verses have come to my mind when I have struggled through my trials.
    ” When through the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of sorrow will not thee over flow, for I will be with thee thy troubles to bless and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress” ” when through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all sufficient shall be thy supply. The flames shall not hurt thee I only design thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine”. Thank you Shayne for your inspiring words.

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  6. A warm and comfortable description of a vital journey. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. jodee says:

    Well said! This challenge truly is the refiner’s fire for our souls, and if we would prove worthy to call Him our friend we must not back away. We must be brave.
    This is the purifying fire and we must walk through it to move forward in our faith. Yes, the journey is worth it, I testify to this in His sacred name.

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  8. Sherilyn says:

    Thank you Shane for your insights and testimony.

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  9. (Spencer) says:

    This sacrifice component is sacred because it has the power to sanctify us now and forever. Only through and by these sanctifying sacrifices do we come to know Him and His Father and it is by and through this sacrifical sanctifying process that we are allowed to know ourselves as He knows us. To begin to see things as they really are and as they really will be. Then all that we thought we were , becomes a non-issue and we become the men and women of Christ He needs us to be. We become throughly immersed in all that He is and our hearts are changed, our vision is enlarged, our hearing increased , so we hear with a purity and clarity that we have not experienced before. Our voice then begins to speak the words of Christ and beckones those who hear it to Him. Peace becomes our watchword and love unfeigned radiates from our being. This carries us to the door of His grace and His smile shines upon us as the dews from heaven. He lives and wants us to live His kind of life. He welcomes us unto Himself, mighty to save, full of life and truth. His light brightens our dark places, and once lit by this light, the darkness no longer remains.
    Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.

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    • kenh says:

      Thank you Shayne and Spencer. I agree, one cannot become sanctified without living the law of sacrifice fully. If I could add to these great comments one of my truisms, “Our testimonies must shine their brightest in our darkest hours if they are to have the effect of saving souls.” When trials come, and they do and will, this is when we must seek to bless the lives of others, getting outside our comfort zones when we are most discomforted ourselves, for this will do the most good for us and those whom we seek to bless. Christ did this, especially starting with Gethsemane and on through the rest of His mortal life. When the Book of Mormon states the baptismal covenant to,“Mourn with those who mourn,” that opportunity will come to us in the future, when so many will perish through trials and disease, each of us will have a reason to mourn ourselves for the love ones that we have seen die but we must wipe our tears from our eyes and comfort others who too have lost love ones as we have. Our sorrow is swallowed up in the outreach of our souls to those who are also mourning. We are comforted when we comfort others who stand in need of our comfort. We hurt less when we help the most.

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    • LaRue says:

      Thank you for such a beautiful message.

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  10. Kevin says:

    Thank you Shayne. The timing of this post was heaven sent.

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  11. Eric says:

    “The Savior’s name is Sacred to you; it has power in your life as never before. You bow your head in reverence at the mere mention of His name.”

    Wow, Shayne, what an inspired statement!

    I also like the suggestion to read (or re-read) Lecture 6. The Lectures on Faith are power packed with some fantastic insights.

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