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FIRM, STEADFAST and IMMOVABLE
The overriding principle that will assure us of all the blessings Heavenly Father has in store is that we be firm, steadfast and immovable in obeying Him … in keeping His commandments and following the promptings of His Spirit.
“Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.” (Alma 57:27) And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end. (Alma 27:27) “And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord! (1 Ne. 2:10 ) “… in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.” (3 Ne. 6:14) “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” (2 Ne. 31:20) “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with asurety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.” (Ether 12:4) “But he that remaineth steadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.” (JS-M 1:11)
As we can see from the scriptures, Heavenly Father has clearly outlined exactly what blessings He desires for us and how we are to act in order to obtain those blessings.
One might ask, “What do you need to do to become firm, steadfast and immovable?” What it takes is a new attitude … a change of heart … being born again, wherein the carnal man dies and the spiritual man comes fully alive. And what does this take. It takes ALL we can do, and more. For it is only by the grace of God that this is possible. And how do we obtain this grace? By doing what God expects of us (i.e. keeping his commandments) … we do OUR part, then He does HIS part. It all starts with understanding the commandments … what He expects and how we can receive his guidance (via the Holy Ghost). This is why we study the scriptures … they are his “guidebook” to eternal life. With this knowledge, and the evidence/proof thus provided, we are then able to exercise a particle of faith by taking action on what we’ve come to know to be true (because we trust God’s word). As we do so, we reap His blessings … and as we continue to exercise faith by continuing to do his will, he continues to bless us even more. With the guidance of His Spirit and these resultant blessings, we obtain a perfect knowledge of the truth (we gain a testimony) and therefore become firm, steadfast and immovable! Following are a few scriptures and quotes --
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Mosiah 3:19)
“Now faith is the substance [assurance, basis, foundation] of things hoped for, the evidence [proof] of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)
“And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” (Ether 12:6)
President Brigham Young said that the Lord “gives a little to his humble followers today, and if they improve upon it, tomorrow he will give them a little more, and the next day a little more. He does not add to that which they do not improve upon” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe , 90).
“And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens… And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed… And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments … And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; …” (Enos 1:4-5, 10-11)
For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit. And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; (Mosiah 27:24-25)
Being firm, steadfast and immovable will ultimately allow us the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and receiving the gift of charity. Our enthusiasm to share our blessings with others will know no bounds (enthusiasm < Gk entheos: having a god within) … and we will truly live with passion!
"No person whose soul is illuminated by the burning Spirit of God can in this world of sin and dense darkness remain passive. He is driven by an irresistible urge to fit himself to be an active agent of God in furthering righteousness and in freeing the lives of men from the bondage of sin." —Marion G. Romney (CR, October 1941, p. 89.)