New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 65

       teachings and laws of the Divine Providence will start to live an angelic life while still here on earth. And He also provided the priesthood, whose duty is to maintain and administer what is Divine, providing them with a periodic reminder, the Sabbath Day, for them to continually remind the people to lead a useful life according to the Holy Scripture and the heavenly teachings of the New Church. • That I believe for a human being to be conjoined with the Lord, the person must first shun evils as sins, go through temptations for the purpose of salvation and start a process of repentance, leading to reformation and regeneration. Divine Providence 60 teaches that no one becomes an angel or gets to heaven unless he or she arrives bringing along some angelic quality from the world. It is my desire to help people to start living a heavenly life while still on earth, by being a light that leads them to truth. Luke 11:23: “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.” May the Lord help me to let the light He has given me shine to all humanity. It is my desire to assist people to start living a heavenly life while still here on earth, by teaching them to love the Lord and love the neighbor. Matthew 13: 31-32: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” May the Lord help me to be like a mustard seed – whereupon a great many heavenly things will grow. In Matthew 28:19 the Lord says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” I, therefore, with humility declare, before the Lord God, before angels and the people of the church, that with the Lord’s help I will shun evils as sins, be faithful and truthful in teaching the Lord’s Word and His heavenly Teachings to all His children, in this life and the next. 241