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Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

March 8, 2016

Enabling Power, Vessels

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Although the word efficacy is found only once in the scriptures, the closely related word effectual is found many times. The apostle Paul used this word to describe how the scriptures “effectually [work] . . . in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) and how the “gift of the grace of God [is given to us] by the effectual working of his power.” (Ephesians 3:7.) The Bible Dictionary defines grace as an “enabling power.” And “the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is [given] to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength.” (D&C 20:31.)

The apostle James promised that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16); and the Lord promised to the faithful that “an effectual door shall be opened” in their righteous endeavors. (D&C 100:3.)

Every decision to commit to the Lord that we find in the scriptures is accompanied by a corresponding power, born of faith, that gives us his strength and his knowledge on how to do it. “We need strength beyond ourselves to keep the commandments in whatever circumstance life brings to us.” And the “Lord’s enabling power is sufficient to change [our] heart, to turn [our] life, to purge [our] soul.”

In his great mercy, the Lord teaches and strengthens us so we can perform the tasks he requires of us, the tasks required for us to become like him. As Paul exclaimed, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13); and Paul admonished us to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10.) As Ammon taught, “I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things.” (Alma 26:12.)

By living the gospel, we build our foundation upon the Rock, which is Christ, his doctrine, his gospel, and his Church. He is that Christ who is our “safe foundation,” even our “sure foundation.” (Jacob 4:15, 16.)

Rodney Jay Vessels
The Zeezrom Syndrome: Let Your Spiritual Awakening Begin
Deseret Book 2005

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