[M]en and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.
President Ezra Taft Benson, "Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations", New Era, May 1975
I used this quote by President Benson before on a thought but wanted to bring it to the forefront again. I've been studying recently about drawing on the powers of heaven. The powers of heaven are available for each one of us if we are willing to put in the work to accomplish those things that we righteously desire in our hearts. Heavenly Father will not withhold those powers if our faith is strong enough. He cannot. He is bound. Righteous desires do not just have to be for our eternal well being either. We can call down the powers of heaven for getting the job we need, overcoming a bad habit or addiction, losing weight and becoming healthy, learning knowledge in our personal and professional lives, and any other worthwhile endeavor, spiritual or temporal. The powers of heaven are controlled by faith. Faith is a principle of action. The action comes from us. Faith isn't just hope. Action means we act. We do. We do our part (whatever that is) and then know that Heavenly Father will do His. However, doing more isn't what faith is. Like I had mentioned yesterday, doing more and more will not "show" Heavenly Father that you desire something with all your heart. It may prove you're a hard worker. But Satan is a hard worker and yet he doesn't have faith in Christ. We have to truly want it in our hearts. Not half heartedly. God knows our hearts. He knows the difference between real intent and lip service. Faith is also a principle of power. The power comes from God. He is all powerful. He can do anything. So, why not help us gain what we desire? He wants to. He is waiting on us. Faith is believing in God, believing in Christ. But belief isn't enough. Satan believes that Christ exists and yet he doesn't have faith in Christ. Why is that? It all boils down to what our hearts want. For example, do we truly want to end a bad habit but we leave our foot in the door and not close it completely? Do we really want to lose 20 pounds but still occasionally indulge? We may get some blessings but not a full pouring down of the powers of heaven when our hearts are not 100% invested. I want to disclose that mental illness or the lack of capacity to do the things necessary will not cause Heavenly Father to withhold blessings. He knows everyone's circumstances and He will not hold that against us....ever. We still have our hearts and they are linked to our minds. We desire most by what we think of the most. If we don't have the capacity mentally, Heavenly Father will judge righteously. The ratio to our blessings received, our calling down the powers of heaven, is proportionate to our desires and actions that we CAN do, both mentally and physically, not HOW much we do.
Also, the calling down of the powers of heaven means our will, our desires are in line with God's will. We cannot righteously desire something that is contrary to God's will.