Friday, June 14, 2013

Success According the Lord

"I seek not mine own will but the will of my Father who sent me."
John 5:30

In the world we consider people to be successful based on careers, appearance, fame, money, and anything else we value.

But how does this differ from how the Lord defines success?

Lorenzo Snow, served as the fifth prophet in this day, stated, "There is a course that men and women may pursue wherein there will be no failure." (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Lorenzo Snow.)

This statement struck me as a bold statement, because I fear failure.  So, what is the course that allows no failure?

We must, like the Savoir, act according the will of the Lord.  To do this we must know and feel the Spirit.  We receive the guidance through the Spirit.  After Lehi and his family left Jerusalem they were given the Liahonna.  The Liahonna was like a compass.  It directed Lehi and his family on where to go and what to do.
"And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.  Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;  Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.  And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.  For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land."  Alma 37:40-44
The Spirit can works for us in the same way.  If we are righteous we feel the Spirit, we can feel it constantly.  This is how we know we are following the Lord's will - This is how we know we are living the Lord's definition of success.

Lorenzo Snow also said, "what we want is to have that spirit in every act of our lives and in every undertaking, whether temporal of spiritual." (Teachings.)

Our goal, under the Plan of Salvation, is to attain life with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again.  To do this we must obey the Lord's will.  Of salvation is dependent on meeting the Lord's definition of success.

How has following the Lord's will helped you know you are on the Lord's path to success?

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