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Ponderize D&C 89:18-21 - Am I receiving all the blessings of obeying the Word of Wisdom?

The last 4 verses in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants it provide a set of promises to those who obey the principles contained in the Word of Wisdom.
18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; 19 And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; 20 And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. 21 And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.
I have always taken a very pragmatic approach to obedience and blessings.  Using D&C 132:5 as my reference, I feel that you should be able to easily tie blessings that are specifically promised to the commandment you are obeying. 
5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were institut…

Ponderize 2 Timothy 1:7 - The Sprit of Power

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

As I thought about this idea of spiritual power and how we can obtain it, my mind was turned to the first chapter of Moses where it describes how the creation was accomplished.  

     "And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth." (Moses 1:32)

I have often thought about that phrase “the word of my power”   It is used again in Jacob 4:9.  This verse seem to explain it more clearly.

     "For behold, by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to speak and man was created, O then, why not able to command the earth, or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it, according to his will and pleasure?" (Jacob 4:9)

All of the things that God has created are obed…

Ponderize Job 31:1 - I have made a covenant with my eyes

The first phrase of Job 31:1 is very interesting.  It says:      I made a covenant with mine eyes; . . .
We all know that a covenant is a sacred agreement between God and a person or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. When we choose not to keep covenants, we cannot receive the blessings, and in some instances we suffer a penalty as a consequence of our disobedience.
So, how do we make a covenant with our eyes? Are you really making a covenant with your eyes, or are you making a covenant with God about what you will do with your eyes? There are multiple times in the scriptures where the Lord addresses this topic of wandering eyes.  Here are just a few.  
23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out. (D&C 42:23)
16 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that looketh on a woman to lust after her, or if a…