THE IRON ROD

Do you ”cling” or ”continually hold fast” to the iron rod?

It’s not enough anymore to brush through a few pages of scripture. We need to continually be studying the word of the Lord.

We learn in 1 Nephi 8:25-28, the first group partook of the fruit from the tree of life and became embarrassed because people like their friends, family, or neighbors were scoffing at them. This first group fell away. Then the second group didn’t fall away.

Why is this? Why did the first group make it to the tree, partake of the delicious fruit, and fall away to peer pressure; however the second group didn’t fall?

”Even with faith, commitment, and the word of God, this first group was lost—perhaps because they only periodically read or studied or searched the scriptures.

Clinging to the rod of iron suggests to me only occasional ‘bursts’ of study or irregular dipping rather than consistent, ongoing immersion in the word of God.”
Elder Bednar

Do you despise shame? Let’s face it; those who fell away were too worried about what others thought of them.

Many have asked me,” Why did you change your Instagram?” The answer is simple—I need to focus. My focus hasn’t helped me hold steadfast to the iron rod. My focus only had me clinging to the iron rod.

Some have little faith which then fails, because they can’t stand the peer pressure, the shame and scorn heaped upon them by the world. They simply cannot learn to despise the shame of the world.

I’m here to tell you; I despise the shame of the world.

Do you hear Him? If so, it’s time to hold steadfast and stop just clinging. A few verses of scripture a day WILL NOT CUT IT.

President Nelson said it perfectly, ”TIME IS RUNNING OUT.”

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