Ether 15:12 - Moroni 7:37
"For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil. Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually. But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God. (Moroni 7:11-13)
My mind was already fixed on this thought before I started reading today.
It is because of a prompting that I have felt over and over again this week. A prompting about avoiding ––at all cost––that which does not come from God.
I have felt an urgency to teach my children, to give them strength against the spiritual battle they wage every day.
With this prompting has come the realization that the spiritual warfare used against us is powerful, real, and created with the intent to destroy.
Have you ever noticed that there is a Spirit that is attached to the Book of Mormon? A spirit that penetrates any who open its pages to read it with a sincere heart, with real intent. It is a powerful spirit. It seeps into the soul and changes behavior.
It builds faith.
I have wondered this week if the same is true of Satan's tactics. After reading this verse in Moroni I realized it was true. Satan inviteth and enticeth...continually.
He is an enemy to God.
There is, in a very real sense, a power that is attached to his warfare. It has the ability to penetrate any who allow room for it in their lives. It can bring a spirit of doubt and contention that is testified of in the pages of the Book of Mormon. His tactics can seep into your life and can even change behavior.
It builds doubt.
One of Satan's greatest weapons is doubt.
Don't partake of it. Turn away from it. Avoid it at all costs. The best thing to do when confronted with Satan's warfare is to turn to the scriptures.
...To seek that which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him.
I love what Elder F. Enzio Busche teaches, "On the road toward salvation, let questions arise but never doubts. If something is wrong, God will give you clarity but never doubts."
There is a difference between questioning and doubting.
Questions lead to answers. They lead to seeking the spirit. They prompt you to turn to the scriptures, to General Conference, to prayer ––to things that give light.
Doubt leads astray, to the sources of Satan, to those who don't strengthen belief, but seek to destroy it. Doubt leads to darkness.
We must remember how much more powerful light is than darkness. Both have power, but one is much more potent. Just one small light can fill a dark room.
Consider this advice...
"Search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good..." (Moroni 7:19)
"Lay hold upon every good thing..." (Moroni 7:25)
Then remember the promise found within this chapter, "The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good..." (Moroni 7:16)
This morning I have one desire...may we each know good all the days of our life.