Abiding Precepts – 2 Nephi 18

Read the full chapter here: 2 Nephi 18

Passage #1

The Lord spake also unto me again, saying:

Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son;

Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria and all his glory; and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks.

2 Nephi 18:5-7

Precept #1

Rely on the Lord and accept His guidance and protection more than you do on other people.

Can you think of a time when you had the opportunity to trust the promises of the Lord or the reassurances of a friend or colleague? Which did you choose? How was your relationship with God affected by it?

Passage #2

Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand; for God is with us.

2 Nephi 18:10

Precept #2

Don’t believe that you can make plans which will trump the plans and work of God.

How often do your personal plans get foiled because God wants something better for you than you want for yourself?

Passage #3

Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

And he shall be for a sanctuary . . .

2 Nephi 18:13-14

Precept #3

Give respect, honor, and deference to the Lord in all your behavior and decision making.

Does your daily decision making sanctify the Lord in the eyes of the people around you?

Passage #4

And I will wait upon the Lord . . .

2 Nephi 18:17

Precept #4

Be patient in waiting for the Savior to accomplish His work in your life.

Do you have sufficient patience with the Lord to allow Him to sanctify you? Do you have sufficient patience with yourself to allow for that kind of change?

Passage #5

To the law and to the testimony; and if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

2 Nephi 18:20

Precept #5

Fill your soul with God’s law and a testimony of Him and His plan for mankind.

Does your testimony help you feel full of light?

Bonus Passage

And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done

2 Nephi 18:5-

Bonus Precept

Forgive. Everyone who harms you in any way. Intentional. Unintentional. Forgive them no matter the cost.

How has forgiving others brought freedom to your life and soul?

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