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Living by the scriptures

Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Psalms 78:41

Recently, as I was reading in Psalms, I came across a word I had not noticed in the scriptures before. The word was "limited" and my thoughts began to consider ways that I could be limiting God in His and my desires to bless me.

Do I not limit God when I am not diligent in keeping His commandments, when I do not pray fervently and with real intent, exercising faith that He will hear and answer my prayers. Do I listen for His answers?

If I neglect reading the scriptures and other good works, how can He bless me with the light and knowledge He so wants me to gain?

Am I limiting Him if pride takes the place of meekness and lowliness of my heart? Do I seek His help in controlling my thoughts, my words and actions or do I fail in this too, and limit Him?

If I neglect the care of my body, if I am not trying to love and forgive and serve others, I am limiting Him.

Of course the Lord has all power and ability to bless me, but He has set laws and bounds (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:21). In limiting God, I am limiting myself in attaining all that He wants to give me; I am denying the enabling power which comes through the atonement of Christ.

I ask myself questions such as these, and find myself wanting.V

— Paloma Meyers, Orem, Utah

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail:

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