Thursday, May 14, 2015

D&C 20:29-34 -- On Taking Heed and Praying Always

"And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.
And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true;
And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength.
But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God;
Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptation;
Yea, and even let those who are sanctified take heed also."
Doctrine and Covenants 20:29-34

These verses seem to be basically telling us to not become complacent.  We can't assume that we are golden and that the test is over.  We have to keep working to improve, keep trying to learn and understand.  Rest is okay, of course, but not quitting.  Other places in the scriptures tell us to pray always, but this is some really good background about why.  It's for our own protection.  Maintaining our communication and relationship with God is essential to our well being, happiness, and salvation.
Today, let's take heed, pray, and keep praying.  Let's keep doing the good things, and not give up or be "done."  Let's protect ourselves even in the best times by looking to God and learning all we can.  He is the path to justification, sanctification, and everything good. :)

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