NT 4

This week we studied Luke 10-14; Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 15-18; John 11

A few significant principles/reminders I learned from this study is that:

  1. Jesus was willing to come to Earth and sacrifice His life for us. Matt 20:28
  2. When we listen to our Prophet, Apostles, and leaders it is as if receiving guidance from Our Savior personally. Luke 10
  3. No matter what we do, we will fall short. Through the atonement alone are we made whole. Luke 17:10

With the direction received in these chapters, we can have clarity in our prayers and set our priorities straight.

In Mark 10, it says

“51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

First, the blind man recognizes his shortcomings. This is easier for him, but we too have these emotional/mental/physical shortcomings that we are reluctant to recognize as a problem or shortcoming. He then asked for help. This is where pride gets in the way for many of us, at least me personally. Once we humble ourselves, we know how He will respond. Jesus, of course, responded in the way that He will for every living being in the universe. He was willing to do His part so long as the blind man did the same. The blind man had to have an immense amount of faith in Jesus and be willing to follow Him. Jesus saw this in the man and healed him, inviting the man to stay on the path and continue in his strong faith and follow Him.

The example of Mary and Martha stuck out to me quite a bit this week. Sometimes we choose to focus on miniscule tasks, represented by worldly distractions or things we personally think are important but have nothing to do with God’s plan for us. We may not even realize that our priorities are messed up, but we have the guidance of modern day prophets, apostles, teachers, and we have personal revelation. With this added guidance, like that that Mary and Martha had, we can find what our personal priority should be.

This week has helped me to be more aware of how I ask in prayer and in conversation, not only to Heavenly Father but to those who are around me. This whole section of the Bible is very focused on the ways that Jesus was asked to heal others and it shows me the pattern that faith without works is dead. There is always an action prior to the healing, a step that has to be taken to show true faith.

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