8 And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.
9 For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom;
10 And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
11 And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
12 And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles;
13 And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things;
14 And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits;
15 And again, to another, all kinds of tongues;
16 And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers kinds of tongues.
17 And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every man severally, according as he will.
18 And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ.
Brent’s text earlier got me thinking about my own gifts of the Spirit and why I have them and how I can use them to help others…and myself. My patriarchal blessing, my own personal liahona, gives me an idea of who I was before this earth.
Reading through my blessing gives me hope and confidence. It also gives me a swift kick in the pants.
My blessing says that I am promised a few gifts of the Spirit. I won’t say which ones because this isn’t the venue for that disclosure.
It does say that I need to remain faithful and steadfast for those gifts to be manifest. Good news is that I don’t need to be perfectly faithful now. My gifts are based on my obedience to that law upon which they are predicated. Not every law. Just ones that pertain to the order of things for that gift to be manifest. I just need to figure out which eternal law.
The power of God (Priesthood) is not subject to God’s willingness or unwillingness to show His power. Whether He wants to or not, in other words. Or whether He is in that kind of mood or not. Besides Him never leaning to the left or right, it doesn’t work that way. Everything is done, or not done, because of an eternal order. And God’s will is perfectly aligned with that order. You do part A, then part B will happen. You obey a certain law, you get a certain blessing.
So, that tells me that I’m not seeing all of my promises come about either because it’s not the right time…or I’m not sufficiently obedient to a certain law. Maybe my pride, or enmity towards God, is holding me back. Not because it is His will that I’m held back, but because I’m choosing to hold myself back. Mortality has a way of superseding the eternal. I need to discover how it’s doing that, and then stop it, or overcome it. Little by little mortality will then be subject to eternal things. Not the other way around.