companionship of the Holy Ghost

Years ago, ‘Dora’ acquired a cute little house. At the end of our journey, always it was sweet joy to be greeted with her warm and exuberant smile. Always, supper’s tantalizing aroma greeted us in her bright kitchen as we embraced, happy to be together.

Everything about Dora’s home was welcoming and cozy, except for one slight flaw. The most annoying bathroom tap ever!tap trickle

Fully open, it allotted a quarter of a cup of water. Maybe even a third of a cup. Following that allowance, it then proceeded to trickle a ridiculously thin stream of water which quickly diminished to no water at all. By then, I would remember its idiosyncrasy and would open and shut the tap until I was able to coax a few more drops to rinse my soaped up hands.

Dora was quite fine, contentedly enduring this one malfunction, and happy in her home.  She lived like this for quite a while.

One day, feeling impatient and certainly ungraciously, I blurted, “I don’t know how you put up with that tap!”

Afterwards, Dora called for a plumber. The first thing that professional did when he got there was to peer underneath the sink into the cupboard and turn on a hidden “shut off valve”.  And Voila!

Eighty dollars later Dora shared this experience with embarrassment because of the simplicity of the solution and her chagrin at the high cost of a 15 second solution.

At last! Warm and cleansing, water conveniently flows– even gushes in her cozy little home.

Dora’s experience is very similar to those folks who read and study their scriptures, attend church services regularly and live faithful lives as best they can. Day after day, they do their best to love and serve God and they are content.

“The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” Romans 5:5

Yet they do not have any idea that they are missing so much more that is available. How much more blessings could be flowing into their lives with the gift and companionship of the Holy Ghost!

“not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”        Titus 3:5

Too, this reminds me of some of our own brethren, who have been baptized and confirmed by those in authority. They may not have received or recognized that delightsome Personage in their lives, either because they have become lukewarm in their affections and dedications (prayer, reading scriptures daily and obeying the commandments) or do not seek His Presence in their lives. 

“The Holy Ghost is manifested to men on the earth both as the power of the Holy Ghost and as the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The power can come upon one before baptism, and is the convincing witness that the gospel is true. It gives one a testimony of Jesus Christ and of His work and the work of His servants upon the earth.

The gift can come only after proper and authorized baptism, and is conferred by the laying on of hands as in Acts 8:12-25.

The gift of the Holy Ghost is the right to have, whenever one is worthy, the companionship of the Holy Ghost. More powerful than that which is available before baptism it acts as a cleansing agent to purify a person and sanctify him from all sin. Thus it is often spoken of as ‘fire’ (Matthew 3:11)” Bible Dictionary

Just like the luxurious pleasure of washing in warm running water, the gift of the Holy Ghost in our lives adds a tremendous measure of the warmth of God’s love and cleansing power. Deeply grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and His blessings in my life, I desire the same for you.

A church minister and friend that I admire for his gentleness, humility and Christian example, posts daily on Facebook- uplifting and encouraging words that serve to remind his readers of the countless ways Jesus Christ blesses our lives.

While I was away last week this was one of his posts.

“Last evening I said to the crowd that if this was my last sermon, and knew I would never preach another…this is what I would preach…then did so. So, what would you say? If God said you could say something that the whole world could hear and you had one shot at it…what would you say? Would love to hear it….”

Friend, what would your response be if you had one shot at it?

If I had only one shot at it, this is what I’d say.

I’d tell the world about Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation-where we come from, why we are here and where we are going. People crave deep in their hearts to know these truths.

Out of His great love for His children He is desirous that all progress and rejoin Him as His heirs in exaltation. To make this possible there had to be an atoning sacrifice.

He willingly sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be the atonement-to bear the weight of our sin and pain in exchange for an abundant life; to be blessed with the promise and hope of exaltation-to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father forever.

I’d tell how that Beloved Son-our Spirit Brother promised-and was willing to suffer and give up His precious life that ours might become immeasurably blessed, way beyond what this temporal life has to offer.

Christ loves you and me so much that He willingly walked the mortal path, was killed, buried and was raised three days later. Resurrected, triumphant and powerful He lives to save each and every soul willing to pledge obedience, to do His will and follow in His footsteps while there is yet time.

I’d be sure to mention that during His mortal ministry, Christ promised that He would build His church on the rock of revelation so that we wouldn’t have to travel alone.

“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven…on this rock I will build my church”. (Matthew 16:16-18)

He promised that the gift and companionship of the Holy Spirit would be available to enable each of Heavenly Father’s children to know the truth, to receive guidance and personal revelation.

Jesus Christ lives. And He keeps His promise this day. He desires each of us to know Him intimately, to recognize and hear His voice and to follow His direction with our whole heart, mind and soul.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

I would share how that promised gift is priceless; His divine touch, His love, His kindness, His understanding, His comforting hand, His Spirit, His gentleness, His inspiration and direction. None else knows and fulfills the heart’s needs and desires so completely and perfectly.

Jesus Christ lives today, is exalted to the highest place and His name is above every name-

 “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

Today, we may choose to not bend our knees in faith and humble adoration. However once the veil of forgetfulness is removed, we will remember that we were privileged to be present when He promised to give His life as the atoning sacrifice.

We will know that He endured His mortal ministry to the very end and arose triumphant. And as foretold, remember-every knee will bow in reverence and with inexpressible gratitude and praise for His faithfulness and infinite love-our Savior and Redeemer.

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”   Hebrews 3:7,15 4:7

The beauty and wonder of the restored gospel is that by the Spirit of revelation we can know this truth for ourselves today.

Do you know with all your heart and soul that Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father’s only begotten Son, is Lord and Savior of us all?! He lives to lead His church in these latter days.

 

Here it is, Friday evening and I’m three days behind with a new post. Had you noticed?

Hazy, lazy days of summer? Nope. I spent last week up north away from internet access for a Family Reunion. Got home somewhat worn out. A day or so to recuperate and sure looking forward to August’s more laid back schedule. That was the plan.

Till this morning. In the night, my 95 year old Father-in-law passed away. I get to retrace my tracks this weekend, 8 hours north to celebrate his tremendously full life, with family and friends.

In this post, I’ll share a couple of unrelated quotes that caught my attention this past couple of days.

This first one resonated with me for various reasons…one of them being that I happened to squander my valuable free time yesterday caught up in reading a couple of atheists’ debates. (Very. Not. Worth. It.)

Dan Peterson’s First Rule for the Study of Other Religions:

“If a substantial number of sane and intelligent people believe something that seems to you utterly without sense, the problem probably lies with you, for not grasping what it is about that belief that a lucid and reasonable person might find plausible and satisfying.”

More in line with this blog’s theme, the following quotes come from the latest Ensign article I read. These truths inspire me and lift me up with faith and hope.

“The Spirit can have an even more powerful effect on us than our physiological senses.”

 “We cannot hope to receive personal revelation unless we conduct ourselves like faithful disciples of Christ. Respecting the covenants we have made with God qualifies us to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who enlightens our intelligence and causes our spirits to blossom.”

Have you a recently discovered quote you’d like to share with us? Your comments are always welcome.