My friend Sarah Hinze sent me this excerpt from M. Catherine Thomas’ essay “Redefining Our Self” and it is soooo up my alley, in terms of what I promote and teach about GODLY CONFIDENCE that I just had to share. Love M. Catherine Thomas, she’s become one of my new favorite authors.
“Sooner or later we realize that the time has come to find greater spiritual power, to own our divinity, and to live with greater confidence — with boldness. By “bold” I don’t mean arrogant or overbearing (see Alma 38:12), but rather, the ability to take risks, be confident, and courageous.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to the same thing. “Let us therefore come boldlyunto the throne of grace that we may … find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4). He exhorts us to have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10).
From Lectures on Faith we learn that we are not only to”commune with Him … but be partakers of his power, and stand in His presence” (Lecture #2).
The Lord shows the way to this power and strength: “Let virtue garnish thy thoughtsunceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45).
This confidence begins in our thoughts, in the way we use our mind. We are highly potentiated beings who may have excused ourselves for not being who we really are.”
I love her for writing this! I absolutely know that our lives rise and fall with our thoughts. Our spiritual power is either blocked or magnified by the creations yielded from our thought forms. If our minds were TRULY single to God, through mentally focusing on things of the Light UNCEASINGLY, we would have the spiritual confidence to not only speak with God, butstand in His presence.
To “own our divinity” and live boldly within this Sacred Station ...what a beautiful and powerful invitation!