Friday, August 15, 2014
Power of Godliness
The "Power of Godliness" is tied to opening the heavens and receiving assignments, confirming revelation, or blessings from God. All power is tied to heaven. When the powers of heaven are withdrawn from someone, then their authority comes to an end and they have no power. If you want to have the power of godliness in your life, it must be gained through Jesus Christ; access to whom is available to all men on equal terms. Godliness is different from virtue. It is even different from righteousness. Godliness requires you to become godlike in your sentiments and in your meekness before Him. Whether men understand you or attribute motives to you, the relationship is between you and the Lord. Godliness is when your walk here is along the path He has chosen for you. The "power of godliness" (D&C 84: 20) is in-separably connected with the ordinances. (D&C 121: 36.) Without the "power of godliness" our rites are much like the apostate world Christ condemned in His initial visit with Joseph. (JS-H 1: 19.) "The power of godliness" and "the authority of the priesthood," are connected with "seeing the face of God, even the Father" (D&C 84: 22).