I’ve been pondering about what the word “Adored” has to do with the power of the priesthood?
We are very close to launching Traditions In Seasons’ “Word Wellness” Package, and in preparation for that I am doing a series of posts using the free words that WordWellness uses to teach some of the important life principles that we are so excited about. All of these words are from the Bible. All of these words have a connection to power of the priesthood, and more importantly an individual having power in the priesthood. Gods power in all of us. Otherwise known as “faith”.
So I’ve been thinking… Every gift of the spirit is powered by the priesthood (God’s power, otherwise known as faith – I can’t say that enough.). Hence the importance of bringing oneself to a point where we are completely devoted to God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in order to have access to the great power that is available to all of God’s children who devote themselves to Him. In that devotion comes the flowing power of the priesthood through our hands and we become instruments in His (hands).
The definition of Adored:
This word is a verb.
Worshiped as divine; highly reverenced; greatly loved.
Adore: in Hebrew it is to honor, reverence or glorify.
1. To worship with profound reverence; to address with exalted thoughts, by prayer and thanksgiving; to pay divine honors to; to honor as a god or as divine.
2. To love in the highest degree; to regard with the utmost esteem, affection and respect; as, the people adore their prince.
I love this word! It makes me think of how well I really need to know my God. It reminds me that I cannot truly adore Him if I do not know Him. When I think of what I do know; How strict are His rules, and how perfect are His ways. Yes, to some people that sounds “fanatical”. However, there is another word that I think is used incorrectly. People call themselves a “fan” (meaning fanatic) and that doesn’t have a bad connotation. However, say the whole word “fanatical” and it generally means absolutely nutty. What if we replaced that with the word “adorer” instead. Ah.. that’s better. I means good things. Completely worshipful, and devoted.
Guess what, as much as I have used the word “devoted” I just looked over the list and it is coming up on the list of WordWellness words. Yay!
I submit, as I will with all of these words, that Adoring Christ is essential to using His power. The power that we activate whenever we use His name to pray, or bestow a blessing… any time we act in the Name of the King.
Do you adore Him?
Leave me a comment if this has been something that has ever crossed your mind. If you have had experience with learning how to adore the Lord, and the impact it has had on the results you see as you pray and serve in His name. How has the Power of the Priesthood manifest in the successful use of the gifts of the spirit that the Lord placed in your hands?
“Those who have priesthood keys—whether that be a deacon who has keys for his quorum, or a bishop who has keys for his ward, or a stake president who has keys for his stake, or the President of the Church who holds all priesthood keys—literally make it possible for all who serve or labor faithfully under their direction to exercise priesthood authority and have access to priesthood power.”” (Emphasis added.)
“…priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men.”
“The understanding we seek begins with an understanding of the keys of the priesthood. “Priesthood keys are the authority God has given to priesthood [holders] to direct, control, and govern the use of His priesthood on earth.”4 Every act or ordinance performed in the Church is done under the direct or indirect authorization of one holding the keys for that function. As Elder M. Russell Ballard has explained, “Those who have priesthood keys … literally make it possible for all who serve faithfully under their direction to exercise priesthood authority and have access to priesthood power.”5″
“When men and women go to the temple, they are both endowed with the same power, which is priesthood power. … Access to the power and the blessings of the priesthood is available to all of God’s children.”16
I feel it important to remember that we have been baptized into Christ’s Church with the express assignment to go forth in His Name doing His works. I believe that truly adoring our God gives us greater access to that power – essential to being sure we are not using His Name in vain, in any way.