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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT--Personal Conversion

What is the key to success in life either temporally or spiritually? Personal conversion. What is the key to lasting joy and happiness? Personal conversion. What is the key to personal revelation in matters spiritual and temporal? Personal conversion. What is the key to deeper knowledge of the gospel and its life-changing principles? Personal conversion.

I John 5:4-5, 14-15

"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:"

"And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

I love these verses for what they teach about the process needed for conversion. First, we need to develop faith. This is accomplished by staying true to what we believe, even during times of adversity and hardship. We also do this by simply believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and that through Him, we can be saved. Second, we learn to ask according to the will of our Heavenly Father. By so doing, we place our trust in him, knowing that he knows the beginning from the end. This step, though it sometimes seems difficult, is the key to lasting happiness and growth. Third, we begin to gain a testimony that he DOES hear our petitions and knows of our desires. As a loving Father, he keeps these desires in his heart, ready to pour down blessings if we can continue faithfully, living in accordance to our knowledge of the gospel.

I testify that as we live righteously, ready to accept His will, and with a constant prayer in our hearts, we will truly become converted, thus allowing God to bless us beyond our comprehension.