Samuel contrasts his people, the Lamanites, and the Nephites. One is growing in righteousness. The other culture is dwindling in sin. The difference is where their focus was placed. Do i focus on my Savior Jesus Christ enough, or do other things distract or confuse me from focusing fully on Him?
This chapter focuses on the Messianic prophesies Samuel gives the people. Am I carefully observing so I don’t miss warnings, signs, or invitations from living prophets that will prepare me to stand in front of my Savior someday?
Walls keep people in. They keep people out. They can stop our progress. Or, we can climb them and use walls to lift us up to obey God’s commands, as Samuel does in this chapter.
Mormon, the prophet-historian, inserts his wisdom and thoughts in this chapter, pointing out how quickly we turn away from God unless He chastens us. Repentance helps us turn back to God and remember Him always. Are we taking advantage of this glorious gift our Savior has given us?
The Nephites battle long and hard against secret combinations. They even let them get into their government. Even when they sweep them out of politics, they aren’t gone, but attack and then hide in their secret places. We definitely have secret combinations today. What are we doing to fight against this danger?
Nephi, the prophet, is brought before the judges on false accusations of murder. He trusted in God, even though everything seemed to be stacked against him. How can we strengthen our trust in God, to help us through hard times?
In this chapter, we see many devilish tactics being used to silence a prophet and manipulate and control the Nephites. Nephi testifies of Christ. Our prophet does the same today. Are we listening? How can we ensure we’re building Christ’s kingdom?
The people find Nephi, their prophet, pouring his heart out for them, due to their wickedness. He pleads with them to repent. Repentance opens up infinite possibilities for us. What keeps us from turning to God?
God has commanded us to build His kingdom on earth? But I think many times we put other kingdoms above His and build those. These worldly kingdoms can be political, social, even our own personal kingdoms of ease and prosperity. Whose kingdom are we truly committed to building? We might need to humbly look at the tactics we are using to see if we are builders for God, or someone else.
We are in a daily battle for our spiritual lives. We must fight daily to keep pride from creeping into our lives, because it is the great weapon Satan uses to weaken us…so he can then destroy us. How do we keep from falling prey to this evil?