Sunday, June 2, 2013

Experimenting Upon The Word - Exercise Faith in the Word of God

And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.

What is faith?

Faith is not merely a wish or hope.  Faith is power.  It is the power by which God created the earth.  Joseph Smith stated, "we understand that the principle of power which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist".  Lectures on Faith, 1:15.

Dennis E. Simmons stated, "True faith is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—confidence and trust in Jesus Christ that leads a person to follow Him."  Dennis E. Simmons, "But If Not ...", April 2004 General Conference.

Faith is not always getting the results or answers we want.  

When we have faith it is in tune with God's will, not our own.  Our trust is in our Savior.  Our trust is in God's plan for our lives, which we do not always comprehend because we lack a perfect knowledge. But, remember, He is all-knowing. This is why we can trust in him!

How do we exercise it?

We exercise faith by being obedient to the Lord's commandments.  

So with regards to tithing, I exercise faith in Christ by paying tithing.  If I do not understand why the Lords requires tithing or what blessings He gives us, I must trust Him.  I must trust that He has a purpose to tithe His people.  

If you want to learn if the Book of Mormon is true, you must read it and trust that you will receive a witness.

If you want to share the Gospel, you must trust the Lord will help you find someone to share the Gospel with.

When have you exercised faith in your life?

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