Monday, November 18, 2013

I Will Give Myself to Him

I Will Give Myself to Him

These are my notes from a devotional given to young adults in our church.  I love this talk because it is about giving our will to the Lord.  This is a principle I have studied and sought to apply in my life more fully this year.  As I have actually done this, I have found peace and direction.  I hope that it will help you turn your will more fully to Him.  I testify that it is the best and the happiest way to live.

Reflecting on our blessings gives us strength to move forward in life, but we all know that moving forward is challenging.

When other turn away,
When no one seems to care,
 How can I feel His love?
How will I know he's there?
When pain and sadness come
To those who question why,
How will I bring them peace?
How will help them try?

Sometime we wonder...Why do bad things happen to good people or why do hard things have to happen?

For God's will to be done by us and through us,  our will needs to be the same as His.  As you submit your will to God, you are really giving Him the only thing you have to give him.  Don't wait too long to find the alter or to begin to place your gift upon it.
  1. What is the meaning of the word WILL?
  2. How do we give our will to God? 
  3. How do we know that we are succeeding? 
1. Will is the inclination to do something and the desire to act

We often need help to overcome our natural desires and to strengthen our will to do the things we should do. 
2. Giving our will to God

Our will can overcome our bodily desires through the active use of agency.  We can change our desire through the cleansing and enabling power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

When we give our will to Him we are giving ourselves, withholding nothing. Our will is a gift that is uniquely ours to give.  This doesn't happen all at once, but as you make right choices you gain momentum and the ability to choose right easier next time.  Yielding to Him requires a lot of trust in God.  We allow Him to mold us into the people he wants us to be.  This life is a battle of wills.  Will we want to do the things that He asks us to do?

Helaman 3:35
Nevertheless they did afast and bpray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their chumility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the dpurifying and the esanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their fyielding their hearts unto God.

As we give our will to the Lord, the more our own ability to exercise our moral agency grows. God gave us agency so we could yield to Him , not so we could succumb to temptation.

When we withhold part of our will, that part can succumb to Satan. 

When we have a change of heart we actually change our motives or desires along with our conduct.  We put off the natural man and yield to the enticing of the Spirit.

Time stamp 36:00

Repentance is a process of changing desires.  When we make a place for the spirit, there is no place left for sin.

3. One of the clearest indicators that we are giving our will to God is...

If we are reaching out to others then our capacity to reach out more increases.
We can build everyone in our path by showing love,  just like the Savior did.  
We can say the words he wants us to say and we can do what He wants done.
Righteous action that is backed up by a pure motive; (actually wanting to do it) it is indicative of giving our will to the Lord.

Covenants play a central role in will.  Keeping promises strengthens our will.  
When we covenant to consecrate ourselves we give our heart, will and soul to him.  The more we follow this path, the more he can bless us with His Love. The more love we feel the more we know we are succeeding in giving our will to him.

God's will can be done by us and through us (Time stamp 47:00- Discussion)
Giving our heart to Him is just the beginning.  Then He can take it and use it for His purposes. How does submitting my will change the things I do everyday?

So giving our will to the Lord is something we do everyday.  It is not an isolated event, but just the beginning.  

If we feel like rejoicing in the atonement of Jesus Christ right now then our heart is right and we are giving our will to Him and He is strengthening it.  If we are attracted to the things of the world, then we are not giving our will to Him.

We will never be left to our own strength alone if we will turn our will to Him.

Can you feel to sing the song of Reedeming love always.  He will help increase....
  1. our capacity to be loved and to give love
  2. to feel more capable
  3. lead us out of darkness into light
  4. he will heal and help us in ways that permit us to be forgiven and forgive.

Time stamp 21:00- 53:00
CES FIRESIDE "I Will Give Myself to Him"

The discussion in the fireside are great pieces to watch and then discuss with your kids at FHE

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