Monday, January 5, 2009

Temptations

Last week I told you that over the next few months we were going to discuss:
Four of Satan’s temptations
A stripling warrior mini-history
Ten stripling warrior character traits you can apply to your life.

I thought we would start with “Four of Satan’s temptations.” Okay, already I can hear moaning, but it is important to realize that we face many of the same temptations the stripling warriors did. Hard to believe since they lived so long ago and had very different circumstances than we do, but let's dig deep and see what temptations we have in common.

To bridge the gap of time we’re going to need the help of the scriptures. In the Book of Mormon 1Nephi chapter 22 verse 23 we read:

“For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yes, in fine, all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble: and this is according to the words of the prophet.”

Within this scripture are four things Satan uses to tempt us.
They are:
1) gain
2) power
3) popularity
4) lusts (of the flesh and things of the world)

Everyday we see people fighting over these things, just as they did in Book of Mormon times. We face them in our schools, our government, and even sometimes in our homes. Fortunately for the stripling warriors they didn’t have the problems we do with entertainment such as T.V., movies, and rap music (or did they since they had drums?).

So what weapons can we use to combat these temptations? Here’s the list I’ve put together:

prayer, to keep us humble and stay in touch with our Heavenly Father...















scripture study, to help us learn of our past and about our future...











and church, to learn service and also again to keep us humble and in touch with God. Using the scriptures to help me write my book, The Forgotten Warrior, I found the Bible and the Book of Mormon are very powerful weapons in our war with Satan. The scriptures show us what happened to the people who lived long ago and they give us instructions of how to live our lives. If we were to apply in our lives the noble traits of the stripling warriors we would be much happier. This doesn’t mean if we read the scriptures we won’t experience sorrow or pain, and it doesn’t mean we won’t mess up. But what it does mean is we have a wonderful tool to help keep us out of troubled waters and help us survive hardships.

I look forward to reading your comments on temptations. Let me know what temptations you think we have in common with the stripling warriors.

Now for more winners of The Twelve Days of Christmas Contest:

Day 5: Winner of Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind
Ilona Fenton
Wales, UK

Day 6: Winner of a Scentsy Gift Certificate
Jobie Marshall
Portland, Oregon

Day 7: Winner of Loyalty’s Web
Ronda Hinricksen
(no address given)

Day 8: Winner of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today
Judy Cox
Holden, LA

Day 9: Winner of Counting the Cost
Kristina Stiltner
Wise, VA

Day 10: Winner of My Squishy Pants
Patricia Andreasky
Chino Valley, AZ

Day 11: Winner of my book: The Forgotten Warrior

Kerri Waldo

Prattville, AL



2 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Kathi.

    I don't know if this is a temptation or a challenge, but I think we have in common the fact that we were taught the gospel by our parents (or teachers, or missionaries) but we have to make the decision for ourselves whether or not to follow it. The stripling warriors had strong, faithful, devoted mothers, but they themselves had to choose to follow their mothers' examples. Making that choice can be very hard, esp. with media, peer pressure, and the like.

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  2. Excellent point, Tristi! It is up to us to follow the counsel of good examples. Unlike the stripling warriors, some of the youth today don't have mothers of strong faith. Yet like the stripling warriors many youth choose to be heroes. I know quite a few. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I wish you much success with your book!

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