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Week 03 – Faith or Fear?

All my life I’ve espoused and proclaimed an active faith in a loving God and in my Savior, Jesus Christ. That faith informs me that God, my Heavenly Father, cares for me and holds me lovingly in His hands. I also have faith that Heavenly Father extends to me His grace through the sacrifice and Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. I have experienced that grace many times.

And, yet, something has been missing. Or, more correctly, I’ve missed something. The concept is permission to prosper.

I thought I understood this concept, as it struck me several months ago that I needed to give myself permission to prosper. I thought I’d done that. And, perhaps I did, though not completely.

Enlightenment began to dawn yesterday as I was reading and pondering my current definite major purpose document. I sensed a lack of clarity of purpose in my writing, and I felt driven to discover the crystal within my intent.

And today, as I read again my purpose statement, the fog lifted. I saw in my writing the face of fear in a hypothetical assertion of faith. What a shock! Fear is the exact opposite of faith! I feel grateful to have seen the light and humble that Heavenly Father would extend to me the tender mercy of inspiration and clarity.

Here’s the essence of it. My writing exposed two fear-based beliefs:
1. That I somehow needed (or didn’t have) God’s permission to prosper; and
2. That I could not prosper under my own power.

Faith allows me to see the error of those beliefs.

The Savior, in the Sermon on the Mount, already told me, “Ask, and ye shall receive. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.” I already had God’s permission to prosper!

As if to reinforce the point, Jesus matter-of-factly discussed the power of merchant stewards to double their investments in the Parable of the Talents. And here I was, hiding my talent as did the slothful servant! Thank goodness for the gift of repentance!

And He had given me a third witness of the same truth in Doctrine and Covenants Section 58: “… men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” (Emphasis mine)

Praise God for the power to change and the power to act! I am re-writing my purpose statement with a proper assertion of faith. God is the source of power, and He has imbued me with it. I get to go forward and use that power to prosper. I have His permission and His loving instruction in the form of gentle, loving commandments. It is my will to obey, and I rejoice in the power to prosper with which He has endowed me. Thank you!

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