"Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God." -Helaman 3:35
Tonight as I read this (and I've read it many times before) it just hit me how important this is!
What do you do? Fast and pray oft.
What happens as a result? You wax stronger in humility and firmer in faith, are filled with joy and consolation, and your heart is purified and sanctified.
Do you realize the magnitude of these blessings?!
When do we not need humility? Humility gives us the ability to accept the Lord's will and timing for our lives. Through humility, we receive more of His Spirit which in turn brings peace, joy, love, and all of the other qualities of the Savior. Through humility, we can be taught by the Lord and learn the direction that our lives need to take. If we waxing in humility, we are waning in pride and thus overcoming "the natural man."
Not to mention faith! Faith is the first principle of the gospel! Its upon this that everything else is built! Greater faith leads to greater obedience! It will lead to and allow more miracles into our lives! Faith will dispel our fears and give us strength in challenging times! Our faith in Christ will help shape us into the men & women God would have us to become.
Want more joy and consolation (comfort) in your life?! Here's the way! Are we not here on earth to have joy and to enable ourselves to later have eternal joy?! (2 Nephi 2:25) I know I don't need to sell anybody on this one.
The last: purification and sanctification; becoming clean and being made holy. To return to the presence of God, it is imperative that we be clean. The scriptures teach that "no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom" (3 Nephi 27:19). In other words, these things are ESSENTIAL.
And what's it cost?!
Fast and pray oft. Isn't it simple?? Time to recommit and to these simple, but profoundly important principles!