Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sermon: Power in the Priesthood

In this world we are living in today with all the environmental issues relating to the consumption of energy whole new fields of science have developed in energy, and power. We hear experts speaking about its conservation. Chemical power, electric power, wind power, nuclear power. All these types of energy are all under intense experiments for development. The integral of power over time defines the work performed. Because this integral depends on the trajectory of the point of application of the force and torque, this calculation of work is said to be path dependent.

The same amount of work is done when carrying a load up a flight of stairs whether the person carrying it walks or runs, but more power is needed for running because the work is done in a shorter amount of time. The output power of an electric motor is the product of the torque that the motor generates and the angular velocity of its output shaft. The power involved in moving a vehicle is the product of the traction force of the wheels and the velocity of the vehicle. The rate at which a light bulb converts electrical energy into light and heat is measured in watts the higher the wattage, the more power, or equivalently the more electrical energy is used per unit time.

On the cutting edge of technology scientist are researching into a fusion reactor for commercial use. All these energies and power sources are a great blessing for us here on earth. The human body when examined from a power and energy perspective is a wonderful creation by our Father in heaven.

In the scriptures we learn that Satan sought to have God’s glory (His power) by the plan he proposed, but was rejected and Jesus Christ’s plan accepted. We are informed that one third of the heavenly host followed Satan, and were cast out, unable to advance any further.

(JST Revelation 12:6-9.)

6 And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought against Michael;

rev. 12:87 And the dragon prevailed not against Michael, neither the child, nor the woman which was the church of God, who had been delivered of her pains, and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ.

rev. 12:98 Neither was there place found in heaven for the great dragon, who was cast out; that old serpent called the devil, and also called Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth; and his angels were cast out with him.

rev. 12:109 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ;

rev. 12:1010 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

rev. 12:1211 For they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; for they loved not their own lives, but kept the testimony even unto death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and ye that dwell in them.

rev. 12:1212 And after these things I heard another voice saying, Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, yea, and they who dwell upon the islands of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

In the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ we make reference to the power of the Melchizedek priesthood.

Doctrine, and Covenants 1835 107:37

"The Melchizedek priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power, and authority over all the offices in the church, in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things."

Without the spirit, power will corrupt, as we see in governments, legal systems, professional bodies, to name a few. So when we drive our cars, turn on a lights, cook our meals, walk, and run. This energy and power is given to us from above.

We pray we can use our energy, and power in ways that our Father in heaven is pleased as we live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

By Elder Peter Barber

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