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By: Don Bowman, Moroni Channel
United States of America
Before the Lord can pour in or implant the things of the spirit, the truths of faith and the goods of faith, we must first clean out or empty out our vessels, of the selfish desires, sins, or evils of our lives. He takes great care not to mix the clean with the unclean and they are perhaps even separated within soul of man to some extent. We need first to stop adding more logs to the fire, to inflame our lusts and cupidities within, and then put out the flames of our selfish desires. For if God pours, or implants spiritual things within, before the removal of the bad, it will contaminate the precious and good things, and we would then profane or defile them, which is worst that being without those special things of the spirit.
Imagine a vessel full of grease and grime, and then imagine pouring into the that vessel the pure olive oil from the Lords vineyard. Who would want to partake? No not one! God Forbid!
It would also be like tying a wolf to a lamb, and expecting the lamb to win the battle. Further, that is one reason Adam and Eve were told not to partake of the fruit of the tree of life, for it would mix the mysteries of God with their fallen state, therefore they, and their posterity would not have been able to live accordingly, not until they were more purified or cleansed from the sins of this world would they be prepared for them. Again that would also be like preparing for our temple experience, where we must live as to be worthy to enter, so we do not profane the things found within.
Zion will be given us when we are prepared, and more sanctified from the worldly more material things of this world. The natural man judges others and wills to elevate himself. Man needs to lose his "self" in order to find himself, by emptying his vessel of the unclean things of the natural man.
A bag of rocks has no room for the ripen delicious watermelon. Lose self and the baggage of rocks, then you will indeed become a ripen delightful vessel, prepared for the special things of the spirit, and for the one day of Zion.
Alma 60:23 Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.
University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
Minor in French and was trained in orthodontics in Columbus Ohio.
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