Artwork by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Inner Battle

 

The battlefield of life so often fought within,

Will you surrender or fight to win?

 

Some warriors take up armour and endure by grace,

Some walk amid the war and seek to win no place.

 

Some strike back against their foe by bending to pray,

Some hold close the enemy as they travel on their way.

 

Some battle as they gather God’s holy light,

Some luke warm and idle, refuse to stand and fight.

 

Some blast the enemy by standing with heavens power,

Some indulge in sin growing weaker every hour.

 

Some break free as they heed the Master’s call,

Some think they have won, even as they fall.

 

The noble warrior humbly hearkens to God’s will,

Finding in his yielding his enemy is still.

 

Total surrender is the only way to victory,

As the warrior gives his heart to God, he is set free.

 

The days of your sojourn, the moments you strive,

The refining battle within, will you stay alive?

 

Will you fight, or watch, will you see the cost?

For if you will not battle, you have already lost.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

"In a third group are those who are grossly entangled with the “ungodliness” of the world, reminding us all, as Peter wrote, that if “[we are] overcome” by something worldly, “[we are] brought in bondage." If one “mind[s] the things of the flesh”, he cannot “have the mind of Christ” because his thought patterns are “far from” Jesus, as are the desires or the “intents of his heart” Ironically, if the Master is a stranger to us, then we will merely end up serving other masters. The sovereignty of these other masters is real, even if it sometimes is subtle, for they do call their cadence. Actually, “we are all enlisted” if only in the ranks of the indifferent." Neal A. Maxwell

 

"In conclusion, the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give! Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory! May we deeply desire that victory, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." Neal A. Maxwell

Artwork by Randall Talbot

The Blackest Night

How long will you choose darkness rather than light?
How long will your day be the blackest night?
How long will the enemy even pride reign?
How long will you keep sins awful stain?

The day will soon come when you will cry,
A bitter refrain, you will ask why.
Why did I not turn to thee?
Why did I refuse to see?

Regret and anguish your cup of gall.
For you would not hear the Master’s call.
You sought for happiness through iniquity,
You refused your King and would not see.

Bound by the cords of sin and choice,
You now hear well the Masters voice.
Consequence and wrath instead of light,
You kept your choice, the blackest night.

Written by Michelene Glasson

"But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen. They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day." Doctrine and Covenants 95:5-6

Who Will Come Forth

Why were His words recorded? Why were prophets sent?
What was God's purpose? What was His intent?
To light our way, to show us how to become like Him,
To reveal His atoning sacrifice which cleanses us from sin.

What then if we won’t have Him, His words, His light, His way?
What if what we want is to rebel and disobey?
If we remain a stranger stubbornly staying lost,
There will be a punishment, we will pay the cost.

What if the wrath He partook of is what you choose to know?
What if the seed of His light is the gift we would not grow?
How exquisite will be the suffering of those who reject,
How terrible the consequence of sin and disrespect.

Why do men choose misery instead of eternal life?
Why do men choose Satan, filthiness and strife?
Their hearts are hardened, they love darkness more than light,
Instead of standing valiantly, they have chosen not to fight.

Who will come forth when the first trump is heard?
Only the faithful who have cherished their Lord.
Who will stand in the presence of Gods holy Son?
Only those who obeyed will partake of all he won.

Written by Michelene Glasson

"But, behold, I say unto you that I, the Lord God, gave unto Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, until I, the Lord God, should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine Only Begotten Son. And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation—that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe; and they that believe not unto eternal damnation; for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not;for they love darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey." Doctrine And Covenants 29:42-45

To Be

To be an heir in Gods kingdom and receive eternal life,
To be exalted in a family as husband and wife.
To return to my Heavenly Parents sacred and divine,
To become like my Savior His attributes mine.

To reach for exaltation with purpose and care,
To show through my actions that I want to share.
To stand in this moment a witness of my King,
To work for His cause, to shine and sing.

Eternal life calls me a whisper I hear,
My King beckons me with a promise so dear.
O may my soul answer with true loyalty,
That at last when I finish I may live with thee.

Written by Michelene Glasson