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                           Walk Forward...

He said, "Walk forward on faith!" I said, "How can that be done?"
       He said, "Easier than you think–you’ve been doing it since you were one."
"A silly statement," I replied. "You want me to walk on what I can’t see?"
       "Yes, that’s right," he said. "You’ve done it your whole life–believe me!
For instance, you didn’t know you could walk until the first time you tried."
       "Yes, but that was a slow process and I fell down a lot and cried."
"But you kept getting up time after time until finally you got it right.
       If you chose instead to quit trying, that wouldn’t have been very bright.
Just as gaining strength to walk came day after day and bit by bit,
       gaining faith is the same way, it will come as you begin to use it.

Every success first began as faith. That’s true from the beginning of time.
       From the simplest task to the highest mountain you ever wanted to climb.
You first had to believe that you could accomplish the task before you.
       Then you had to keep working, to make sure your dreams came true.
But there’s only so much you can do when you accomplish things alone.
       So learn to use the power of the Lord, instead of just your own.
He has the ability and power to help you and will help with anything good,
       as long as you are doing your part: having faith and doing as you should.
When the Israelites came to the Red Sea, there was no parting of the water.
       Pharaoh’s soldiers were in hot-pursuit, the Israelites facing a slaughter.

If not for those that had faith, the Israelites would have suffered devastation.
       Perhaps by the time the soldiers were done, enslavement or even annihilation.
But because of the faith of the believers, the Lord stretched forth His hand,
       dividing the water asunder and leading the righteous to the promise-land.
Now the more part of the Israelites, doubted the many miracles they saw.
       Therefore the Lord took away His blessings and gave them a lesser law.
It seems the more part of people today, tend to do the same sort of thing.
       Not seeing what He’s done for them, yet His gifts are completely encircling.
Yes, you can accomplish a lot by yourself, but so much more with Him.
       If you just had the faith to believe in that still small voice from within.

The one that tells you there’s a God above and He loves you; oh so dear
       and if you would open your heart to Him, He would make your pathway clear.
To help gain the faith that He will help you, one that will always last,
       just think of all the things He’s done for you, that now lay in your past.
Like the parting of the Red Sea, that took place after the Israelites were there,
       it gave them experience to build on and a testimony to teach from and share.
So if you can’t walk forward on faith, then use your own remembrance,
       to gather your blessings in front of you, ...and walk forward on the evidence."
Feeling the truth in his words I asked, "Stranger, who are you and what do you do?"
       "My name you already know," He said, "...I’m the still small voice inside you."

   "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words,
   and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire
   work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words."
   Alma 32:27

       Officer Samuel Jeppsen, #3751 (Ret) R# 140, April 2001-e


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