gift of the Holy Ghost

“Be careful.” Quietly the Spirit spoke. Returning from the farm, having fetched my weekly supply of raw milk, I was alone. I looked at my speedometer- 80 Kilometers an hour. Not speeding for once. Yay. If you know this area, I had just turned off of Spring Creek Road and was travelling on the section of Mountain that is completely devoid of lampposts. Unless there is a full moon, the area is pitch black countryside.

Some weeks before, I had received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and still had very little idea or experience with what His companionship would mean for my life. I wasn’t sure of myself. Satan’s minions were taking advantage, constantly at me, jabbing and invading my space, blocking the effects of sweet peace and happiness much of the time.

Discerning the Holy Ghost’s presence in one’s life is simply not learned within a day and had you asked, I would have had to admit my insecurities. I was unsure what to expect. Some days, I did wonder if He was with me every second. I didn’t always feel His presence, that marvelous peace that cannot be fully or adequately described to one who has never known it.

“Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7
“Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:37
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”John 10:27
       “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice,…walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” Jeremiah 7:23
“…it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 42:6
(KJV)

A second time, firmly and still quietly, the Spirit said, “Be careful.” I obeyed. Immediately I braked –and just in time to realize there was an unusual situation ahead. Crosswise on my side of the road was a trailer-no lights. It was hitched to a truck-no lights- pulled over to the side of the road. Between that truck and another ahead of it–again, no lights- two men carried something huge, the size of and shaped like a living room picture window. Had I rammed into the trailer, or swerved I might have hit the men. If I had swerved into the other lane to avoid hitting the trailer, two oncoming vehicles would have become involved in a colossal mess. Because I was blessed with a warning, I had time to slow down and maneuver around the trailer when the opposite lane was clear.

Two words, audibly expressed, warned me. Two words spoken in love protected at least four other people from disaster. That day I gained confidence in the power of the Holy Ghost to warn me of danger. I gained confidence in my ability to hear and recognize His voice. I learned more about the Spirit’s role in my life. His omniscience. The sound of His voice. His gentleness. His faithfulness. His companionship.

I am eternally grateful for the confidence and assurance available to me through the power of the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love knowing how very mindful Heavenly Father is of each one of His children. Alone. On a dark road. In the middle of nowhere.

 

Have you a ‘warning’ experience you would like to share with us?

It’s not enough that I’m new to blogging and still have tons to learn to get good at wordpress-well at least good enough to wing it on my own to avoid calling on my virtual support gurus every week- now I’m exploring Twitterland! Here I am!! Now what?!!

Oh dear! Can you imagine how tough it is to express anything-something within 140 characters for me?!! More than once a day?! What am I thinking! Another learning curve. Oh, yay.

It’s helping me make new ‘friends’. I’m reading a larger variety of topics per day than I ever have in my life. Words catch my eye and before I know it, 2 hours have vanished. No, I’m not addicted…just desperate to catch up with this social media and figure out the successful tips, tricks and Tweets of Twitter. And by the way, if you have tips and tricks, please do pass them on!

Twitter tweeted “The importance of building your list”.  I know it’s important to build a list. I’m curious to know how. I got introduced to the concept of a “marketing funnel”.

I read “you must learn how to market yourself if you’re ever going to sell an information product, or any product or service for that matter.”  Well, I’m not in the selling business but growing my “list” is key to inviting more readers to my blog. Right?  So I continued.

Here’s what a marketing funnel looks like:

The author continues, “The idea is that you generate the interest of your potential clients and customers, or your readers through offers.  You begin with a free offer or a freebie, which is something of value that you give away for free.”

 

Well, folks! I have soooo let you down!! That is not how I began my relationship with you! (Actually, it sounds like manipulation to me.)

I reflected and quickly it became apparent that I have no freebies to offer you. None! No checklist, no ebooks, no special report, no e-course or free audio. Not yet. Wow. I may as well quit, then. Right?

Without fail we all enjoy free gifts. There’s something at our core that derives pleasure and satisfaction when we walk away without paying for something we deem valuable.

All of a sudden, the biggest and best freebie to offer you materialized! Look!!! If I knew how to edit the funnel above, I’d change the words from the top down:

  • Freebie = Atonement
  • Entry level Product = Baptism and Confirmation (gift of the Holy Ghost)  A little is asked of us. See, at this level, Heavenly Father is still gifting.
  • Mid-range Product = Revelation (a relationship with the Godhead)  At this level there is a price to pay: obedience to commandments, reading our scriptures, prayer, keeping our covenants- we are still receiving gifts from Heavenly Father.
  • High End Product = Exaltation (The ultimate reward)

The first model gives freebies and then has expectations of the customer. “The more information that they receive from you and the better they get to know you the more likely they are to purchase from you in the future…Without the power of a list, you don’t have much chance to get your product out there…”

Examine briefly our model: We are all familiar with John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) How many of Heavenly Father’s children are rejecting this most precious of gifts, freely given? Why?

And then-Jesus Christ promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things…” John 14:16 (KJV) Another gift has been offered! How many of Heavenly Father’s children are rejecting this marvelous gift? Why?

By the Holy Ghost we are given countless gifts, if we continue to live righteously and receive them. “God also bearing them witness both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will” Hebrews 2:4  (KJV)

Back to the author of the online article-she adds, “The reality is the power and often times the “money” is in the list.

Well, some of this may be true, however I was involved in business long enough to know that most people on ‘the list’ don’t give it their all. Some people get in with freebies and that’s all they’ll take. Some give/buy into the products –again, they only go part way. And then there are those who give it all they’ve got, striving for money, success and power.

Isn’t this just the way it is in the Christian world? Some believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His atoning sacrifice, but deny the gift and power of Holy Ghost. Others believe in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost, but have little interest in paying the cost of discipleship. And then there are those who accept it all and give it all they’ve got- with exaltation as the ultimate goal. Yes, there is a cost: believe, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and endure faithfully to the end.

Heavenly Father has a plan for our happiness and salvation. We are loved, treasured and cared for very much. Matchless and priceless are the treasures already given and offered to us.  It certainly does not begin to compare with any freebie this world may offer. He has promised each of us eternal life and exaltation and asks comparatively little in return. His returns far outweigh anything that it might cost us. Anything.