Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book of Mormon Sunday II- Alma 56-62

   It is time for me to look back at my list of ways we are strengthened through the atonement. The war chapters in Alma are heavy with action but interspersed are always testimonies of the strengthening from God.

Recap On the Strenghtening Power of the Atonement-
The Atonement of Jesus Christ gives:

Mighty power unto deliverance from physical and spiritual bondage
Physical and Spiritual Power to do God's will
Power to receive insight and revelation about things as they were and as they are, and as they will be.
Guidance to proceed through our trials
Ability to see God's love in our lives
Freedom to Act and Not be acted upon
Power to make us clean and sanctified
Hope in the future, for us, and for our ancestors, and our posterity
Power into our soul to combat anti-Christian philosophy
Remission of sins and power to be free of the guilt
Power to affect the spiritual lives of our ancestors and our posterity
Strength through his name which we take upon us
Strength to exceed the strength we apply to seeking and calling upon him
Power to the Holy Ghost to enter our open hearts and make a mighty change
Grace to enable men and women to come into alignment with Him
Deliverance from burdens, even those given by God himself
Strength to missionaries because of the goodness of God's people
Angels commissions to talk to mortals
Power to heal
Power to lift us, upon his name
Strength against our enemies in battle
Strength to keep covenants
Grace for Grace

   The list grows and I am only half way through the Book of Mormon. 
   In this scripture block Helaman is giving account of those valiant Stripling Soldiers who have amazing strength.

   Alma 56:56 "But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war."
   As Moroni and Helaman struggled with their armies to hold the Nephite cities, they diligently prayed to the Lord for strength and direction. They followed a pattern spoken of by Elder David Bednar. They sought for assurances that the Lord was with them, they went forth and acted in faith, then testified of the evidences of the strengthening power of the Lord in their lives.
  Alma 58:11 "Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him. And we did take courage with our small force which we had received, and were fixed with a determination to conquer our enemies, and to maintain our lands, and our possessions, and our wives, and our children, and the cause of our liberty. And thus we did go forth with all our might against the Lamanites,"

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