We cannot be “flatter(ed) away, and (believe) there is no hell; and (there is) no devil —and thus he whispereth in (our) ears, until he grasps (us) with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance” (2 Nephi 28:21-22).
We must recognize the enemy is real and every day we must adhere to rigorous spiritual pillars as we face Satan. We must know who we face and be prepared to adjust as challenges come. We need to avoid under- or overestimating situations, avoid fear and embrace faith to find the calmness and serenity needed when all “Hades” breaks loose. Every day we must fortify ourselves and become stronger so we are not overcome. We must depend on Christ who will assist us when our strength wavers, who will make us more capable than we could ever be on our own.
According to Ephesians, we must “put on the whole armour of God, that (we) may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“Wherefore (we must) take unto (us) the whole armour of God, that (we) may be able to withstand in the evil day . having (our) loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And (our) feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”
Above all, we must take “the shield of faith, wherewith (we will) be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:11-17).
At 16, Moriarty survived what some have described as the worst wipeout known in surfing history. He became the youngest person to surf Mavericks. He was able to succeed because he knew how serious an undertaking chasing Mavericks was and what would be required of him, and he rigorously prepared. We too need to rigorously prepare for the spiritual Mavericks we face in our lives.
Kristine Frederickson writes on issue-oriented topics that affect members of the LDS Church worldwide in her column “LDS World." She teaches part-time at BYU. Her views do not necessarily represent those of BYU.
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