Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ezekiel’s people, hearing but not doing


30 ¶Also, thou son of man,  
the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses,
and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, 
Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.
31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, 
and they sit before thee as my people,
and they hear thy words, 
but they will not do them: 
for with their mouth they shew much love, 
but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, 
and can play well on an instrument:
for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  (Ezekiel 33:30-32)
I’m posting these verses more for myself than for anyone else today.  They are good to read going into general conference. 

Am I pretending to be one of the Lord’s people by listening to conference but not doing, or am I going to be one of the Lord’s people in deed? 

How am I going to change what I do so that I will follow the counsel of the prophets that is given this April?  How will I change my study habits so that I study conference talks in addition to my scriptures?   What things will I put on my to do list?  

When I receive revelation about something I need to work on, how will I incorporate that into my life?  Will I merely write it in my notes, or will I start creating an action plan? 

How will I face the things that scare me?  Will I fast and pray about it to get the Lord’s help, or will I merely think about it and wish I could do it and not do anything?

When I listen to conference, do I notice and make notes of what I need to repent of?  Will I pray about it and ask forgiveness?  Will I take time to think of what to do instead and visualize myself making the better choice?  Will I think to pray when I am tempted?