Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
“And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.
“And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
“. . . If ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true” (Mosiah 4:9–12).
Prayerfully write a list of the things King Benjamin said we must do. How do these things relate to taking step 7?
Wow, I’ve read this scripture quite a few times in my life but never has it taken on this meaning before (I know, that sounds a bit cliche but it’s true!)
King Benjamin said I must do the following:
- Believe in God
- Believe that he is
- that he created all things
- that he has all wisdom
- that he has all power
- Believe that man doesn’t comprehend all the things that the Lord can comprehend
- Believe that I must repent of my sins and forsake them
- That I must humble myself before God
- That I must ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive me
- See that I DO THESE THINGS
- Remember and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God and my own nothingness (like Moses felt)
- Humble myself in the depths of humility by calling on the name of the Lord daily and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come
This scripture IS STEP 7! It’s really ironic!
For me, this scripture sums up humility in a couple simple concepts: 1) Calling on the name of the Lord daily 2) Standing steadfast in faith
Personal and frequent prayer is one of the best ways I can show my humility toward God and His Son. Calling upon them to help me overcome my character weaknesses and imperfections is one of the essential ways to “submit my will to God”.
What I’ve felt lately is that the more I do this, the more second nature it is becoming. It’s a “one day at a time” practice but I feel I’m getting better at it and it’s not something I do and then forget about for a long period of time.
I had a good chance to speak with Sterling this evening. It was our first time talking. I recommended he get the Blue Book, read the Beware of Pride talk by Pres. Benson, and start sending me an answer to a question from Step 1 starting tomorrow. I did tell him that I would be happy to get him started but am not sure I can realistically handle 3 sponsorees. I guess we’ll see how things go for now.
I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to help others. More than I initially realized, helping others is as much for me as anything; it’s just like writing things out and then sending these thoughts to someone else benefits me most.
I’m grateful for this scripture about humility and how constant prayer and supplication to God is the way to show our humility.