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August 19, 2020 - The Lord's side

There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord’s territory from Lucifer’s. If we live on the Lord’s side of the line Lucifer cannot come there to influence us, but if we cross the line into his territory we are in his power. By keeping the commandments of the Lord we are safe on His side of the line, but if we disobey His teachings we voluntarily cross into the zone of temptation and invite the destruction that is ever present there. Knowing this, how anxious we should always be to live on the Lord’s side of the line.

President George Albert Smith, "Our M.I.A.", Improvement Era, May 1935

When I read this, I picture two sides of a straight line. These two sides are completely opposite. On the Lord’s side, it is pristine, calm, quiet even reverent, peaceful, and serene. On the other side, it is messy, noisy, chaotic, seductive and full of temptations, even debasing and threatening.

I picture also a plane that emanates up from the line that completely separates these two worlds. On the devil's side, there are these ravenous wolves, in human form, that pace along the edge back and forth, waiting for victims to cross that plane with even just a finger or an arm, not to mention even the whole body completely.

Once we decide to experiment and see what's on that wrong side, through our disobedience, these wolves, these minions of Satan, pounce and do not let go. They attempt to pull and drag us over the line completely and then continue dragging us further away from the line.

Fortunately, and graciously, we are all blessed to have knowledge that there is One, who descended below all things, who traveled across that line, who knows Himself how to help us back over to the other side, regardless of how far the other way we have gone. His sole purpose is to keep us on the Lord's side. If we cross, He finds us and helps us back.

And the great news is, that once He has helped us over, those wolves cannot get us, unless we again venture over through our disobedience. Then Christ, again, goes and gets us. And again if necessary. Then again. Even again. However many times we venture over, He will always get us and bring us back to safety. If we don't want to go back, He will not force us back. He justs patiently waits on the Lord's side until we ask for help.

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