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Title: Have ye spiritually been born of God?


1
Have ye spiritually been
born of God?
  • www.kevinhinckley.com

2
Time for Vacation?
3
President Kimball
  • "This impression weighs upon methat the
    Church is at a point in its growth and
    maturity when we are at last ready to move
    forward in a major way. . . . (1979)
  • The basic decisions needed for us to move
    forward, as a people, must be made by the
    individual members of the Church. The major
    strides which must be made by the Church will
    follow upon the major strides to be made by us as
    individuals.
  • We have paused on some plateaus long enough. Let
    us resume our journey forward and upward."
  • (Conference Report, April 1979, p. 114.)

Why would we, as Saints, pause in our spiritual
growth?
4
President Benson
  • The Lord works from the inside out. The world
    works from the outside in. The world would take
    people out of the slums.
  • Christ takes the slums out of people, and then
    they take themselves out of the slums. The world
    would mold
    men by changing their environment.
  • Christ changes men,
    who then change
    their
    environment.
    The world would shape
    human behavior, but
    Christ can
    change
    human nature.
    Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 77.

5
Alma in Zarahemla
Captivity
Mercy
Deliverance
  • And now behold, I say untoyou that belong to
    this church, have you
  • 1) sufficiently retained in remembrance the
    captivity of your fathers?
  • 2) sufficiently retained in remembrance his
    mercy and long-suffering towards them?
  • 3) And moreover, have ye sufficiently retained in
    remembrance that he has delivered their souls
    from hell?
  • Behold, he changed their hearts yea, he awakened
    them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God.

6
Elder Oaks
  • I have spoken about miracles.  I have given
    illustrations of miracles in the Church as a
    whole and in many different circumstances
    involving a few individuals or a crisis of
    weather or war. 
  • But the greatest miracle is not in such things as
    restoring sight to the blind, healing an illness,
    or even raising the dead, since all of these
    restorations will happen, in any event, in the
    Resurrection.
  • Changing bodies or protecting temples are
    miracles, but an even greater miracle is a mighty
    change of heart by a son or daughter of God. . .
    If of the right kind, this change opens the door
    to the process of repentance that cleanses us to
    dwell in the presence of God. It introduces the
    perspective and priorities that lead us to make
    the choices that qualify us for eternal life,
    the greatest of all the gifts of God (DC
    147).
  • Ensign, June 2001, p. 17

7
Alma goes on
  • And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if
    ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye
    have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I
    would ask, can ye feel so now?
  • Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless
    before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to
    die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have
    been sufficiently humble?
  • Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you,
    if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God.

8
President Benson
  • Most of us think of pride as
    self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness,
    arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are
    elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is
    still missing.
  • The central feature of pride is ???
  • Enmityenmity toward God and enmity toward our
    fellowmen. Enmity means hatred toward, hostility
    to, or a state of opposition.
  • It is the power by which Satan wishes to reign
    over us.

9
C.S. Lewis
  • We are not merely imperfect creatures who
    must be improved we arerebels who must lay
    down our arms.
  • The first answer, then, to the question why our
    cure should be painful, is that to render back
    the will which we have so long claimed for our
    own, is in itself, wherever and however it is
    done, a grievous painBut to surrender a self
    will inflamed and swollen with years of
    usurpation is a kind of death.
  • We all remember this self-will as it was in
    childhood, the bitter, prolonged rage at every
    thwarting, the burst of passionate tears, the
    black, Satanic wish to kill or die rather than to
    give in.
  • The problem of Pain, p. 91

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Even more C.S. Lewis
  • The natural life (natural man) in each of
    us is something self-centered, something that
    wants to be petted and admired, to take
    advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole
    universe.
  • And especially it wants to be left to itself to
    keep well away from anything better or stronger
    or higher than it, anything that might make it
    feel small.
  • It is afraid of the light and air of the
    spiritual world, just as people who have been
    brought up to be dirty are afraid of a bath.
  • And in a sense, it is quite right. It knows that
    if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its
    self-centeredness and self-will are going to be
    killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to
    avoid that.
  • Mere Christianity, p. 53

12
One last thought
  • When I am hot and rebellious, bitter and cynical
    and sarcastic when it seems as though evil can
    win in the world and the battle is to the strong
  • when it seems as though pride possesses all the
    high places, and greatness belongs to those who
    can grab the most
  • when it seems as if faith is mocked, love fails
    miserably and humility is trodden in the dust
  • when pity seems weakness and sympathy folly when
    a foul egotism rises up within me and would bid
    me assert myself, plan for myself, serve my own
    interests, play for my own hand and "take care
    of number one"
  • then, O my Lord, may I hear in imagination
    the gentle splashing of water falling into a
    basin, and see the Son of God washing His
    disciples' feet!
  • (Leslie D.
    Weatherhead, The Eternal Voice, New York
    Abingdon Press, 1940, pp. 81-82.)
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