We’ve covered- belief in God. We also covered the idea that knowledge of the correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics of God is obtained only through the study of the word, which opens you up to the ministering of real angels. Next we face the task of knowing that the course of life you are pursuing is according to the will of God. This will be a two-part blog. The first part will discuss the proper definition of the path that God is concerned about.
This is a very sensitive subject. Sensitive, meaning the idea where ultra sensitivity is required in order to know. It is not sufficient to guess here, or to be satisfied with a gut feeling, or a warm and fuzzy notion. It is not a conscience affirmation. These are not the kind of knowledge that an entire kingdom can build upon. This is the type of knowledge that Nephi had to obtain before being able to cut off the head of Laban. It’s the kind of knowledge that Abraham needed to have before going off to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This is a serious undertaking that requires a confirmation from heaven. The approval of man, an office, popularity, etc. is insufficient when seeking this knowledge.
Joseph, before his second heavenly visitation, prepared earnestly before calling upon God to “know his standing before the Lord.” He sought to know that the path he was pursuing was in accordance with the will of God, and by so doing he could be forgiven of all his sins, and could hunker down through the storms of the world, to obtain his personal ascension. The response to Joseph was not one of a burning bosom or anything of that nature, instead it was angel Moroni, who recited scriptures each time he appeared. This inquiry was not a casual inquiry of curiosity. Joseph wanted to know for the purpose of alignment.
Before inquiring of God to know that the path you are pursuing is in accordance with His will, it’s important to know what God’s definition of path is. Since we are trying to return to the presence of God, it is necessary to leave this world behind. Your inability to let go of the things of this world qualifies you as chained to hell. The path that God is concerned with is not your earthly career, it is not your financial investing concerns, it does not concern the purchase of your first house, or where you choose to purchase that house. The path that concerns God is the path that brings you back into His presence. That is the path in question.
If you are not concerned with that path, you will not inquire. If alignment to God is not your concern, it will show by what you pray about, what you seek. Those who are not concerned with an ascension, will find themselves warm and cozy, bound with the chains of hell.
It is only those who ask, seek, and knock, to know the mind and will of God, that are concerned with their status before the almighty God. It is they who offer up sacrifices unto the Lord. It will be these same seekers, that desire their alignment with God, that will be willing to accept that current their offerings are not acceptable. But, they continue to adjust their sacrifices, so that they can one day have their sacrifices accepted by God.
For those who do not know the words of Christ, that path can be found in the seeking to know the words of Christ. If your foundation in the words of Christ are sufficient to progress forward in obtaining more light and knowledge, then you may need to concentrate on the ordinances currently offered. When your familiarity with the ordinances are solidified, then perhaps more scriptures can be added. Eventually, you can expect to have an inn-keeper (one who has entered into the presence of Christ) mentor you on what you must do to obtain the same blessing for your self. It is a continual spiraling ascension, that produces your own personal entrance into the presence of Christ, to be given your personal redemption, to make you at-one with Christ. This is the path that God is concerned about.
When our plans are in the likeness of the world, we typically see in terms of the world. We hire financial planners, set up retirement plans, accumulate things that have monetary value, protect our earthly possessions, and ignore the concerns and methods of God. We keep business and religion separate. Thus we justify our circumstances, and expect that the grace of God will take care of the shortage.
However, when we have reset our thought processes, to be in the likeness of God, by being spiritually reborn, then we can see in terms of the heart and mind of God. That is why, when you shall see Him, you will know Him, for you will be like Him. God promises us that the lilies of the field doesn’t work, and it doesn’t harvest, or gather into barns, yet, even King Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
The path that you seek not only identifies the master in whom you serve, it also identifies the condition of your faith to endure an ascension, …or not. The next portion of this blog will try to explain how this knowledge must be certain in order for it to bear the weight of the ascension.