Main idea: The scriptures teach that everything on earth belongs to God and is subject to Him and that He cares about every individual person and is in the details of our lives and in the unfolding history of the world. God rules over the nations of the earth through His spirit, whether we are aware of it or not by upholding the righteous and judging the wicked. He is the source of all good things in this world and His power is greater than that of the Devil who is subject to the boundaries that have been placed upon him.
Today, I would like to speak about God’s role as ruler of heaven and earth. The scriptures teach that everything on earth belongs to God and is subject to Him and that He cares about every individual person and is in the details of our lives and in the history of the world. God rules over the nations of the earth through His spirit, whether we are aware of it or not by upholding the righteous and judging the wicked. He is the source of all good things in this world and His power is greater than that of the Devil who is subject to the boundaries that have been placed upon him.
In this talk, I will elaborate on the following principles:
- Everything on the earth belongs to God and is subject to Him.
- God knows and cares for every individual person.
- God has planned how His creation will play out to the uttermost detail. He creates and determines the fate of every generation on earth.
- God rules among men through His spirit according to the Faith of the people.
- God rules over the Nations of the Earth.
- God rules on earth, even when we are not aware.
- America is a choice land protected by God.
- God upholds the righteous nations and destroys the wicked ones.
- God is greater than the Devil
- God is the source of all Good.
1.) Everything on the earth belongs to God and is subject to Him.
The scriptures teach us that everything on the earth belongs to God and is subject to Him. In Psalms 24:1 the Psalmist declared: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1)
In the Book of Mormon, Mormon taught that we are all in the hands of God who has all power. He wrote: “Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?” (Mormon 5:23)
Isaiah compared the people of the earth to clay and God to a potter who molds that clay. He wrote: “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
Not only does God have power over every soul on earth but the riches of the earth are also His to dispense as He pleases. In D&c 38:39 we read: “…And it must needs be that the riches of the earth are mine to give.”
The prophet Daniel taught us that God has power over the times, seasons and kingdoms. In Daniel 2:21 he taught: “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.” (Daniel 2:21)
The doctrine and covenants also teaches us that God is over, in and through all things. Section 63:59 reads: “Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath. I am over all, and in all, and through all, and search all things, and the day cometh that all things shall be subject unto me.” (D&C 63: 59)
In D&C 88: 11-13 we learn that it is the light of Christ that is the medium through which God gives life and reveals His law to all things. It reads: “And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space— The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.” (D&C 88: 11-13)
2.) God knows and cares for every individual person.
While everything on the earth belongs to God, He also knows and cares for each individual person who are His spirit children. In Psalms 68: 5-6 we learn that God is a father to the fatherless. It reads: “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation…God setteth the solitary in families.” (PSalms 68:5-6)
The scriptures also teach that God dispenses His grace as a way of equalizing the disparate life circumstances we are born into. In Jacob’s allegory, the branches planted in poor ground brought forth good fruit while those planted in good ground brought forth some bad fruit. The lesson here is that our life circumstances cannot overpower God’s grace that ensures we live the type of life that is most beneficial for our eternal progression. (Jacob 5)
In the D&C we learn that God provides for His saints. D&C 104:15 reads: “And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine. ” (D&C 104:15) in Section 118:3 the Lord specifically promises His servants that He will provide for their families: “Let the residue continue to preach from that hour, and if they will do this in all lowliness of heart, in meekness and humility, and long-suffering, I, the Lord, give unto them a promise that I will provide for their families. “ (D&C 118:3)
God also provides and cares for us through the people that He puts in our lives. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught that the people that surround us have been put there by divine design and not by coincidence. He said:
“None of us ever fully utilizes the people-opportunities allocated to us within our circles of friendship. You and I may call these intersectings ‘coincidence.’ This word is understandable for mortals to use, but coincidence is not an appropriate word to describe the workings of an omniscient God. He does not do things by ‘coincidence’ but … by ‘divine design.’” (Neal A. Maxwell)
Elder Rasband echoed this teaching as well when he said: “The Lord’s hand is guiding you. By “divine design,” He is in the small details of your life as well as the major milestones.” (Ronald A. Rasband- By Divine Design)
While God often works through other people in our lives, He also works through His angels. In Hebrews 1: 14 we learn about the role of angels: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1: 14)
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni expounds upon this teaching: “And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him. And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.” (Moroni 7: 31-32)
In the Book of Psalms, we also learn that Angels also surround and protect those that fear God: “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” (Psalm 34:7)
The Scriptures are filled with examples of angels directly intervening in the affairs of men to ensure God’s will is done. For example, before marching on Jericho, Joshua met with an angel who declared he was the Captain of the Lord’s host sent to ensure victory for the Israelites. The text reads: “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” (Josh 5: 13-14)
3.) God has planned how His creation will play out to the uttermost detail. He creates and determines the fate of every generation on earth.
Isaiah taught that God has planned how this creation will unfold from the beginning to the very end. He says: “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isaiah 46:10-11)
Isaiah also taught that the Lord determined who would be born into each of the generations that would exist on this earth. He said: “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.” (Isaiah 41:4)
In the Book of Job we learn that God upholds all the living and every soul is in his hand: Job 12:10 reads: “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12: 10) Further in Job 14:5 the writer declares that God determines the lengths of our lives and we cannot alter His decree. Chapter 14:5 reads: “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.”
The Lord has also prepared the earth to be able to handle and provide for all who will be born into it. This promise is found in D&C 104: 16-18 which reads: “For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. (D&C 104: 16-17)
The scriptures also teach us that God’s plan will ultimately be brought to pass and that His judgments cannot be escaped. In Psalms 139: 7-13 the Psalmist writes about the futility of trying to escape God. He writes:
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalms 139: 7-13)
The scriptures contain numerous other examples of Satan trying to thwart God’s will but not only being unsuccessful but playing right into God’s plan. For example, Satan thought he was destroying God’s plan by tempting Adam and Eve in the garden but in reality, he was fulfilling God’s plan because the Fall was a necessary part of the plan of Salvation. When Jesus was being born into the world, Satan acted through Herod to try and destroy Jesus by killing every child in the region. However, Jesus was protected by angels and Satan’s fury could not frustrate God’s plans.
In the Old Testament, Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery in order to thwart the revelations Joseph was given. In the end, God used their despicable acts to fulfill the very dreams Joseph was given that he would one day rule over his brothers. Similarly, an episode from church history also illustrates this point. While translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph ended up losing the Book of Lehi which threatened to frustrate the restoration. However, God knew this would happen thousands of years before it did and He inspired Mormon to attach the small plates of Nephi to the Larger plates because they covered roughly the same period as the lost Book of Lehi.
Ultimately, God allows us to be part of fulfilling His work for our own benefits, but He doesn’t actually need us to do that. Jesus declared to the wicked Pharisees who thought that God needed them to fulfill His promises to Abraham: “And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” (Matthew 3: 9)
And finally, the Lord Himself declared that He would be victorious over Satan and that His plans would not be frustrated. In D&C 10: 43 the Lord says: “I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.”(D&C 10:43)
4.) God rules among men through His spirit according to the Faith of the people.
The scriptures also teach us that God acts through His spirit, according to the Faith of the people. The prophet Zechariah taught that the Lord often chooses to use his spirit rather than his might to accomplish His will amongst the people on the earth. He wrote: “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
In the Book of Mormon, we learn that the spirit works according to the faith of the people. In 2 Nephi 27: 23 it is written: “ For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.” (2 Nephi 27: 23)
In Mormon 9:20 we also learn that God does not do miracles amongst an unbelieving people. Moroni writes: “And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.” (Mormon 9:20)
In the Book of Mormon, we also learn that the Gentiles rose above other nations because the Spirit of the Lord was poured out upon them. 3 Nephi 20:27 reads: “And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed—unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all, unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel.”
5.) God rules on earth, even when we are not aware
One does not have to be a member of the restored church to be influenced by the Spirit of the Lord and to be acting according to God’s will. The scriptures contain many examples of God working through good people who weren’t aware they were even following God.
When the Apostle Paul was teaching the people of Athens on Mars Hill he observed that many were worshiping a God that was unknown to them. Paul said: “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To the Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (Acts 17: 23)
In his epistle to the Romans, Paul also taught the believers that those who have not made formal covenants with God are sometimes more acceptable to him than those who have. He said that the Jews who are circumcised have an outward sign of their relationship with God but if they don’t have a relationship with God in their hearts, what good was the outward ordinance? If a gentile, who does not get circumcised, loves God and keeps the law without knowing it, they are symbolically circumcised and more acceptable to God. (Romans 2: 25-29)
The prophet Isaiah revealed that the Lord had chosen and upheld Cyrus the Great, the King of Persia to accomplish his work and bless the Israelites by declaring the temple would be rebuilt. Isaiah said: “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” (Isaiah 45: 1-4)
Even though Cyrus did not know what spirit he was following, he was following the spirit of the Lord. Ezra Taft Benson taught that God deliberately keeps some people outside of the church temporarily so that they can better act to fulfill His purposes on earth. He said:
“Perhaps the Lord needs such men on the OUTSIDE of His Church to HELP it ALONG,” said the late Elder Orson F. Whitney of the Quorum of the Twelve. “They are among its auxiliaries, and CAN DO MORE GOOD for the cause WHERE the LORD has PLACED THEM, than anywhere else. … Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted … the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose. The Lord will open their eyes in His own due time. God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all. It is too vast, too arduous for any one people. … We have no quarrel with the Gentiles. They are our partners in a certain sense.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, April 1928, p. 59.)
The Lord knows all things from the beginning and has placed His servants in positions that will help Him bring to pass His purposes on earth. For example, God made Nehemiah the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes so that the King would grant his request to help rebuild Jerusalem when the time was right. (Nehemiah 1-7) The Book of Esther is about a woman whom God had placed in a position to gain favor with the King so that she could save her people from Haman’s extermination order. God knew Haman would try to destroy the Jews and he prepared Esther in advance to be able to foil his evil plan.
The scriptures also use the language of God “softening or hardening” the hearts of the people to describe how His spirit influences history. For example, in the D&C 104:81 the Lord promised Joseph Smith that he would soften the hearts of his creditors so that they would not have any thought or desire to afflict the church. The text reads: “Therefore write speedily to New York and write according to that which shall be dictated by my Spirit; and I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, that it shall be taken away out of their minds to bring affliction upon you.” (D&C 104:81)
Ultimately, all who do good follow the Spirit of the Lord for there is no other source of goodness. In Deuteronomy 4:39 it is declared: “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” (Deut 4: 39)
6.) God rules over the Nations of the Earth
Not only are individuals subject to the will and plan of God but the nations of the earth are as well. The prophet Daniel said that God has power over time, the seasons and over the rulers of the earth. Daniel 2:21 reads: “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Daniel 2:21)
In his sermon on Mars Hill, Paul taught that God made the nations and has appointed their borders and how long each nation shall exist. In Acts 17:26 we read: “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
The same doctrine was taught in Deuteronomy 32:8 which explains that “…The most High divided to the nations their inheritance….He separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.” (Deut 32:8)
Not only does he establish each nation but the author of Job teaches us that He controls the growth and fate of each nation: “He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.” (Job 12: 23)
Likewise, in Proverbs we learn that: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1)
Jacob’s Allegory, which was referred to earlier, proves that God has planned out the history of the world from the beginning. The Allegory predicts the great apostasy, restoration, millennium and the final judgment (Jacob 5). Similarly the Book of Revelation was written thousands of years ago and refers to Seven Seals that each indicate a period in the history of the world that God already knows will happen.
In D&C 77:1 we also learn that God has sent forth four angels to each of the four corners of the earth who have power to both save and destroy life. The scripture reads: “Q. What are we to understand by the four angels, spoken of in the 7th chapter and 1st verse of Revelation? We are to understand that they are four angels sent forth from God, to whom is given power over the four parts of the earth, to save life and to destroy; these are they who have the everlasting gospel to commit to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; having power to shut up the heavens, to seal up unto life, or to cast down to the regions of darkness.” (D&C 77:1) (See also Zechariah 6: 1-7)
Not only has God given his angels the power to save and destroy life, but the earth itself appears to also be a mechanism for limiting the evil that God will allow on the earth. In Lev 18:25 the Lord says that the “land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants” because of how wicked the people were.
The spirit of the Lord can even cause the nations of the earth to fear and tremble before His chosen people. Deuteronomy 2:25 records: “This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.” (Deut 2:25)
John declared that God is greater than any worldly power: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4) Isaiah said that the nations of the earth are less than nothing when compared to the power of God. He said: “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.” (Isaiah 40:17; see also Dan 4:35)
It isn’t just His covenant people that are accountable to Him but all the nations of the earth are subject to His judgments. Alma taught that the Lord determines how much of His light each nation should be given and holds them accountable to what they have been given: “For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have.” (Alma 29:8)
Another example from the scriptures is when Ezekiel prophesied that God would scatter and regather the Egyptians but that Egypt would never be allowed to rule over the nations again. He said:
“Yet thus saith the Lord God; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.” (Ezekiel 29: 13-15)
The Lord Himself summed it up in D&C 117:6 when he said: “For have I not the fowls of heaven, and also the fish of the sea, and the beasts of the mountains? Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the earth?” (D&C 117:6)
7.) America is a choice land protected by God.
Speaking of establishing the boundaries of nations and exalting some nations above others through the workings of His spirit, the Book of Mormon teaches us that the Americas are a choice land reserved for The Lord’s people. Lehi taught that America is choice above all other Lands and that it was given to him and his seed as an inheritance for all time and for other groups of people as well (2 Nephi 1:5). He also taught that none would come to the Americas unless they were led by the Spirit of God. (2 Nephi 1:7)
In 2 Nephi 10:19 it is written: “Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall be numbered among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance; for it is a choice land, saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me, saith God.” (2 Nephi 10:19)
The Americas have been set apart as a land of liberty to the Gentiles that would inherit it. In 2 Nephi 10: 11-3 we are further taught: “ And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. And I will fortify this land against all other nations. And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God.” (2 Nephi 10:11-13)
The Book of Mormon also reveals to us that God has been actively involved in the major historical events that have occurred on this continent. It reveals that the Lord inspired the Gentile colonization of the Americas, the American Revolution and the scattering of the Lamanite remnant.
However, with great blessings comes greater accountability. The Book of Mormon warns the inhabitants of the Americas that if they rebel against the God of this land then they will be swept out of the land. Ether 2:8 warns: “And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.” (Ether 2:8, 10-12; Alma 37: 25,31)
8.) God upholds the righteous nations and destroys the wicked ones.
The Book of Mormon also teaches us that God is actively involved in supporting and upholding righteous nations and destroying wicked ones. For example, God revealed the Lamanite war strategy unto Captain Moroni so that the Nephites could defend themselves. (Alma 43) Another example is the miraculous preservation of the 2000 stripling warriors who were given superhuman capacities to win their battles against the Lamanites. Helaman, marveling at the miraculous strength of these young warriors, after one particular battle, said:
“But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war.” (Alma 56:56)
It is the spirit of the Lord that preserves a nation and when that spirit withdraws then men are left in their own strength and they experience a mighty fall. Mormon recorded the tragic fall of his people when they lost the spirit of the Lord. n Helaman 4:24 he said: “And they saw that they had become weak, like unto their brethren, the Lamanites, and that the Spirit of the Lord did no more preserve them; yea, it had withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples.” (Helaman 4: 24)
The same fate that came upon the Nephites comes upon all nations who reject the spirit of the Lord but the Book of Mormon specifically warns the Gentile nations who possess this land. In 3 Nephi 21: 14-16 it is written: “Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots; And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds; And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers.” (3 Nephi 21: 14-16)
9.) God is greater than the Devil
While the world is a battleground between good and evil, they are not equal forces as the scriptures declare that God is greater than the Devil. During His ministry on earth, Jesus exorcised many demons and the scriptures say they were subject to Him. Jesus gave this power over evil to His followers and those who exercise His priesthood. After Jesus set apart the quorum of the 70, they went out into the world and did many miracles in His name. In Luke 10:17 the seventy report back to Jesus and say: “…Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
This is in contrast to an episode in the Book of Acts, where some exorcists who did not have the proper Priesthood authority, tried to expel some evil spirits and were overcome. The episode is found in Acts 19: 13-16 which reads:
“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19: 13-16)
The Lesson here is that one must be acting under proper priesthood authority and in accordance with the will of God to be able to overcome all evil. However, if one is acting by proper authority the scriptures tell us to “…Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.” (D&C 6: 34)
James also promised that if you submit to God’s will and resist Satan, he will have no power over you. He says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
In The Book of Job, we learn that Satan cannot do anything to us that God does not allow. In this story, Satan complains to God by saying: “Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?” (Job 1:10) In other words, Satan was complaining that Job’s true faith and obedience wasn’t really known since God was protecting him from temptation and affliction. In response, God allows Satan to tempt and afflict Job but only within certain limits as He also declares that Satan will have no power to destroy Job. The key lesson here is that Satan is sometimes allowed to tempt and afflict us but only within certain limits determined by God.
Not only are boundaries put around Satan, but God gives laws and sets boundaries around all of His creations within which they are free to act. In D&C 88: 38-39 the Lord says: “And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified.” (D&C 88: 38-39) Further in verses 42-43 He says: “And again, verily I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things, by which they move in their times and their seasons; And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth, which comprehend the earth and all the planets.”
10.) God is the source of all Good
Another key doctrine taught in the scriptures is that God is the source of all good things in the world. James taught this doctrine in the New Testament when he said: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1: 17)
In the Book of Mormon, this doctrine is confirmed in the Book of Ether 4:12 which reads: “And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good.” (Ether 4: 12) While all good comes from God, the Book of Omni teaches us that all evil comes from the devil: “For there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord: and that which is evil cometh from the devil.” (Omni 25)
Ultimately, the key to world peace and utopia lies in submitting to the will of God and allowing God’s love to change our hearts and make us into new people. This Utopia was achieved for a short period of time among the Nephites after the Savior visited them. This heaven on earth was attributed to the people’s hearts being filled with the love of God. (4 Nephi 1:15)
Now that we have examined what the scriptures teach about God’s role as ruler of heaven and earth we can detect Satan’s lies and the philosophies of men which include:
Common Maladaptive Beliefs
i.) Any belief that says God is disinterested in our lives or that He doesn’t watch over and care for every minute of every individual’s life.
ii.) God is too busy to know me and care for me.
iii.) Any belief that denies God as the owner of everything and fails to recognize man as a steward only.
iv.) Any belief that suggests that the judgements of God will not come.
v.) Any belief that suggests that Governments and Nations are the ultimate authorities on this earth.
vi.) Any belief that suggests that God has no influence over those who are not part of His church.
vii.) Any belief that suggests that Good and Evil are equal powers or evil is greater than good.
viii.) Any belief that suggests that God will not fulfill His words.