In order to grow faith, it requires truth and knowledge at the foundation. In order for faith to increase, your actions must align with your newly acquired knowledge. To Develop Great Faith, it requires that you are added upon. The work cannot be hastened, but must be done.
Truth and knowledge are the foundations of growing faith. It is insane to continue doing the same things, expecting a different result, therefore you must begin your growth process by getting your information right. The words of Christ are the perfect place to start. It was meant to accumulate more knowledge, because the scriptures are founded upon true principles. All truth is circumscribed (or gathered) into one great whole, and that whole is Jesus Christ. Do a quotation-search on “exercising faith” in your electronic scriptures, and you will notice a common pattern, those scriptures only point to Christ. You cannot exercise faith in things that are not true. Faith can only begin to grow as you are able to collect truth and knowledge.
Once you’ve amassed a library of truth and knowledge, your ability to increase is dependent upon your skill to live in alignment with what you know. Aligning your actions with correct knowledge is precisely what Christ meant when he instructed all men to exercise faith unto repentance. The process of repentance is knowing what is right, and then aligning with it. Obtaining the covenant of marriage, without having it sealed upon you because your actions don’t align with the covenant (knowledge), stops your increase.
“1. In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
2. And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
3. And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.
5. (May 17th, 1843.) The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood.
6. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.”
Alignment is the most difficult step, but it is the only way to increase.
Great faith, however, requires you to be added upon. Knowledge that leads to action, ought to lead to more knowledge, leading to more action, which leads to greater knowledge, leading to greater action. Abraham said it this way:
2 And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.
Abraham used this process to become a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the Patriarchal fathers. I recommend all become tied to the patriarchal fathers, as Abraham was, by seeking to grow in knowledge, and then increase by living in complete alignment with that knowledge. You will be gradually added upon, line upon line, and one precept upon another precept, until you too have greater knowledge and can receive instructions and commandments directly from God.
3 Nephi 13:33
“33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The promise is an invitation to all who will receive it.
Conclusion: The most difficult step in this training process is not the acquiring of knowledge, but aligning your actions to what you now know. Developing the ability to be steady, consistent, and constantly progressing are the skills necessary to arrive at your objective successfully. The ancient prophets described how they felt in this pocket of waiting upon the Lord as “great anxiety.” Will it happen today, will it be tomorrow, who knows? This “in-between” process requires extreme trust that God will perform his end of the bargain if you are steady, consistent, and grind away at it. To live in the confidence of God is what’s necessary for you to Develop Great Faith. This work cannot be hastened, but must be done.