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The works, designs, and purposes of God cannot be frustrated

Imagine how different your life would be if you actually believed this was true:

1 The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught.

2 For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.

3 Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;

4 For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him. (D&C 3)

A person who believes this can face anything possible in this life with unshaken confidence that God loves him, and that what he is experiencing is absolutely necessary to bring them to a greater degree of knowing and experiencing everything God has to give. They bless their enemies even as their enemies kill them, they emit love and light even when being crushed, and they extol God in consummate praise even as they are destroyed in the flesh. 

If you believed this:

1) How much faster would you respond to God when he tells you something?

2) Could you ever fear doing anything he commanded?

3) Would you ever knowingly sin again?

4) How differently would you react to apparent adversity? Knowing the justice of God, and believing in his love for you and knowledge of reality, could you interpret it as anything but the greatest possible blessing?

Yield to the Holy Spirit. Choose not to listen to the natural man. Become holy through the atonement of Christ by submitting to God in all things:

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Mosiah 3:19)

To the degree you trust God, you inherit his strength. He has overcome all things. As much as you have faith in him, you have as well. There is nothing in this world that can harm God, and there is nothing in this world that can actually harm one who has faith in him. Whatever pain or suffering or sorrow this world may inflict upon a person who trusts God, nothing can touch their peace and joy. A man of God does not denominate what he has in terms of earthly things, but rather in the degree of God's love he feels from God, and what he sheds abroad to others in spite of what they do to him.

"The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught." (D&C 3:1) His power and glory and might stand in defiance to all that oppose it. No hand will stop it. Live so that his justice blesses you as it rolls forth in increasing waves.

God is mighty. God is true. God is good. He is not just an example of these things. He is their very definition.

Seek him with all your might, mind, and strength. He is worthy of everything you can give him.