Mosiah 3:19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
How does the Atonement allow you to overcome the natural man? This question was presented in reference to this verse in our studies this week. The second questioned asked along with this was Why is it only through the Atonement of Christ that you can become a Saint. Then it refers one to this aforementioned verse. I thought I was going to write about this and share my answers to these questions with you. But in my studies I found this blog post. http://mormonmatters.org Mosiah 3:19 I felt inspired to share that with you instead. It breaks down this scripture and helps us to understand this verse in a very well thought out manner.
So, I keep going back to another question that came up in the study from this scripture block (Enos-Mosiah 3.) What examples have you seen of the foreknowledge of God demonstrated in the events of your life? (see commentary for Words of Mormon 1:7) The second half of this verse states “And now I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come, wherefore, he worketh in me to do accruing to his will.” He knows the things to come. He knows the challenged I have had and the one I will have. I believe in agency. I believe things change based on the choices I have made. But, I know that the Lord has a plan for me. That he wants me to come back and live with Him one day.
What examples have I seen that God had foreknowledge of events in my life? In other words; what has Heavenly Father done to help me and bless me personally in spite of me getting in my own way?
I have always walked to the beat of my own drummer, which is to say, no beat at all. (Literally I can not hear the beat, ever.) So although I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I did not always choose to live the gospel or follow the standards out line for me. I wanted so desperately to be a young mother. The Lord knew this wasn’t how it would be for me. He knew that I would not be ready even though I knew I was.
I think God had the foreknowledge that I would struggle with depression in my 20’s. He knew that I would need more time to learn to deal with the demons in my mind and the thoughts that plagued my soul. Despite my best efforts and somewhat crushing to my heart and soul I was unable to get pregnant during my first marriage. When I finally did get pregnant I lost that sweet baby who only lived a brief time on this Earth. It wasn’t until 8 years after that heart wrenching time that my dream of becoming a mother would happen. And when I found out I was pregnant I was so far away from thinking I would ever become a mother that I was in shock.
I know God saved my sweet Cody to come down and be my son until just the right moment. He knew this little baby would be the catalyst I needed to change my life. He had the knowledge that this single event would close a volume of my life story as I began a new one.
Heavenly Father has a plan for me. He has one for you. If you are not sure what it is start with what you do know. You are a Child of God. He wants you to return to Him one day. He has a plan for you. Knowing that is enough to start or to continue to Come unto Christ. To become your best self. He knows you, He loves you, He has a Plan of Happiness for you.