Enabling Power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement

March 2017

The message asks the question How can the enabling power of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice help our weaknesses be made strong? This question strikes me:

In Sin is Not Weakness Dr. Wendy Ulrich explained that there are two parts to Jesus Christ’s Atonement. The first part of Jesus Christ’s Atonement allows us to repent. But the second part of Jesus Christ’s Atonement helps us improve and Christ gives us strength beyond our own capacity and makes weaknesses become strong.

  • Regarding improvement: We pray and ask (and seriously want it in our heart of hearts); We try our best to have what we pray for; He knows our seriousness and our consistent desire and effort; He gives us strength beyond our own capacity to overcome our challenges and improve. He knows our thoughts and what’s in our hearts.

We need to trust Him and believe we’ll get what we pray for. If something else happens other than what we prayed for we need to think about it until we find what’s good and is a blessing.

Examples of strength beyond one’s own capacity:
* Jesus Christ’s Atonement overcomes addiction.
* Recovering quickly or not getting hurt.
* Miracles experienced.

Examples of weaknesses made strong:
Experiencing and learning from trials makes weaknesses become strengths
* Wrong thinking gets corrected to know the truth.
* Impatience becomes a willingness to wait…for as long as it takes.
* Character traits (love, patience, kindness, etc.) are more important than behavior (handwriting, singing, body size, etc.)
* Who we are matters more than what we do. (We’re important because we exist.)
* Truth and authenticity are most important. (Not just saying what people want to hear.)
* Being only one way is better than being fake. (We let people see the real us. WYSIWYG.)
* Self-esteem improves by knowing -really knowing- the Lord loves us.
* Extremely rigid thinking changes to flexibility. (No more all or nothing.)
* Vaguely understanding ourselves turns into absolutely knowing ourselves.
* Hating ourselves shifts to loving ourselves.
* Many more things.

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