Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence"

"It isn't over until it's over."

" So Satan left, always to come again,
     we can be sure, but
   always to be defeated by the
  God of Glory - always. "

"The reminder is that we cannot sign on for a moment
         of such eternal significance and everlasting
     consequence without knowing it will be a fight - a good
   fight and a winning fight, but a fight nevertheless." 

"If it was right when you prayed about it
     and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now."

"Remember how urgently you have needed help in earlier times and that you got it. The Red Sea will open to the honest seeker of revelation. The adversary does have power to hedge up the way, to marshal Pharaoh's forces and dog our escape right to the water's edge, but he can't produce the real thing. He cannot conquer if we will it otherwise. "Exerting all [our] powers to call upon God," the light will again come, the darkness will again retreat, the safety will again be sure."

""Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he
   began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell" (Moses 1:20).
       That's when you see it - when you are afraid."

"Some days we will be miraculously led out of Egypt - seemingly free, seemingly on our way - only to come to yet another confrontation, like all that water lying before us. At those times we must resist the temptation to panic and to give up. At those times fear will be the strongest of the adversary's weapons against us." 

"With the spirit of revelation, dismiss your fears and wade in with both feet."

"... along with the illuminating 
   revelation that points us toward
a righteous purpose or
  duty, God will also provide the
means and power to achieve
that purpose."

"Fighting through darkness and despair and
     pleading for the light is what opened this dispensation.
       It is what keeps it going, and it is what will
     keep you going."

"fear ye not ... The Lord shall fight for you."

These are my favorite quotes from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence." You should read it, I dare you. It's pretty fantastic. It applies to everyone, ALL THE TIME. For me, as a preparing missionary, I can tell you that everything he mentions in this talk is true. I am definitely feeling the adversary in my life at the moment. But the cool thing is, I don't have to let him win if I don't want to - "He cannot conquer if we will it otherwise." BOOM.

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