Who is it that whispers so subtly in our ear that a gift given to another somehow diminishes the blessings we have received? Who makes us feel that if God is smiling on another, then He surely must somehow be frowning on us? You and I both know who does this--it is the father of all lies. It is Lucifer, our common enemy, whose cry down through the corridors of time is always and to everyone, "Give me thine honor." - Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Other Prodigal,” Liahona, July 2002
Submitted by Dawnette. Thanks!
I have pondered a number of times about how so many people become ensnared in the wiles of Satan.
In order to recruit his “customers”, he has a slogan (like many of the Fortune 100 companies).
Maxwell House Coffee for example has a slogan of “Good to the Last Drop”.
Budweiser – “Where there’s life, there’s Bud”
And I remember, back when cigarettes were heavily advertised slogans such as the one designed to hook female smokers, “You’ve come a long way, baby”.
Satan has a slogan to, just as those who advertise cigarrettes, alcohol and other addictive substances. His slogan is “Freedom Without Responsibility”.
This is so appealing, because it means that men and women can eat drink and be merry and there are no consequences.
One thing I have learned, however, is that Satan never shows you (nor do advertisers of addictive substances) the end of the road. If he did he would not have any customers. Unfortunately, by the time the end of the road is reached, it is “everlastingly too late”.
Dr. Theodore Sumrall
“The path to eternal life is not on a plateau. Rather, it is an incline, ever onward and upward. Hence, ever-increasing spiritual understanding and energy are required to reach our destination. Because the pernicious opposition by Satan continues, the continuous enlightened guidance of the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential.”
–Keith K. Hilbig, “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”, Ensign, Nov 2007, 37-39
“If there are some of you who have been tricked into the conviction that you have gone too far, that you have been weighed down with doubts on which you alone have a monopoly, that you have had the poison of sin which makes it impossible ever again to be what you could have been – then hear me.
“I bear testimony that you cannot sink farther than the light and sweeping intelligence of Jesus Christ can reach. I bear testimony that as long as there is one spark of the will to repent and to reach, He is there. He did not just descend to your condition; He descended below it, “that He might be in all and through all things, the light of truth (D&C 88:6).” – “Christ and the Inner Life” by Truman G. Madsen [Shared with me by friend Rob Ghio]
A 25 year old told me once, “It’s too late for me. I’ve done too much.” Who is the source of that thought? Lucifer.
2 Nephi 28:22– And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none--and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
Satan is a liar. Always has been. Always will be. That’s who he is and what he does. He constantly whispers lies into our minds, with the sole intent of making miserable anyone who will believe his lies.
I add my testimony to that of Truman G. Madsen “that as long as there is one spark of the will to repent and to reach, He is there.” The Savior loves you with His perfect love. His arms are there for you now to pull you up from misery to happiness if you will let Him. You can look to Christ and live. Of this I bear witness.
- Grandpa Tony