THE DEVIL JUST LOVES ZEALOUS PEOPLE IN HIS KINGDOM
What we probably fail to realize is that, first of all, the devil just loves nice people in his kingdom.Without them, there would be no other way he could expect to win. Oh yes, he will put up with thetrash, but his real prizes are those who stand tall and straight, beautiful and talented, dedicated andzealous. Well, we might ask, if those kinds of people are in his power, what is he getting them to dowhich is not righteous?To understand the answer to that question, let’s remember the garden of Eden story. What wasLucifer’s first great triumph? It was to get man to partake of the forbidden tree of knowledge of goodand evil, thus put us under the fall wherein he could rule and reign over the world, right on schedule. Inthis way, mankind fell and lost access, for a time at least, to the tree of life which represents the pureand holy love of God which He would shed into the hearts of the children of men.So we see that all Satan has to do to keep us away from the tree of life is to keep us eating off of thetree of knowledge. Remember Lehi’s vision. Obviously those self-righteous, judgmental members of God’s church, the children of Israel, who were in the great and spacious building, representing thepride of the earth, were not free from Satanic domination.But what about those who left the building and found the strait and narrow path which led directly tothe tree of life? In
, I identified these zealous seekers as those who moved away from thetemporal law to the spiritual law, and thus were joyfully and hopefully on their way to the tree of life.But there was one problem. There rose a great mist of darkness which totally obscured their view of the path. However, in their confidence, they bravely continued on, feeling sure they rememberedwhere the path lay under their feet. But soon they wandered off the path and were lost.So much for the infallibility of the one and only true "strait and narrow path." Now what wassymbolized by the mist of darkness? We are told it represents the temptations of the devil. And again,what was the devil’s most victorious temptation? To get us eating the fruit from the forbidden, yet God-created, tree of knowledge of good and evil.Remember, Paul said that when one partakes of the pure love of Christ, prophecies start to fail, giftslike tongues cease and knowledge of our fixed good and evil just passes away. Why? Because perfectlove replaces our utter dependence upon our fixed ideals of what ought to be with a more perfect wayof living spontaneously like the wind instead of rigid like a rock. In that state, we "becometh as a child,submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit toinflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father."
ALMA’S GREAT SERMON ON THE PRICE OF PRIDE
Alma, who presided over the church of God in his day, found that the members had lost the way. Thepeople of the church had also become subject to the devil without knowing it. His great sermon of revival is found in the powerful
Fifth Chapter of Alma
. Let’s read part of it very carefully to see if he isnot also talking to us in our day--"And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren [and sisters] of the church, HAVE YE SPIRITUALLY BEENBORN OF GOD? Have ye received His image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mightchange in your hearts?...I say unto you, can ye think of being saved when you have yieldedyourselves to become subjects to the devil?... "And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren [andsisters], if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeminglove, I would ask, can ye feel so now? Have ye walked, keeping yourself blameless beforeGod?...Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meetGod...Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy?...And again I say unto you, is