Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence

throne of GodEvery so often, I will encounter an idea that makes in incredible difference in the way I view myself and view others. I had almost forgotten this gem, but looking back through notes of blog ideas past turned it up. I’m glad, because it was time for a refresher.

Almost a year ago, a talk called Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence – By Elder Jörg Klebingat was given during the October General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I immediately latched onto the idea, because I have lived with a sense of not being good enough most of my life. How I have longed for the sense that I can approach God with confidence, rather than being unsure that He’s o.k. with me bothering him. I think many people I know have the same desire, and often feel as hopeless as I have felt.

Elder Klebingat gave six checkpoints that we can use to evaluate whether we should be able to stand before Heavenly Father with confidence:

  1. Spiritual confidence increases when you take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ daily.
  2. Spiritual confidence increases when your spirit, with the help of the Savior, is truly in charge of your natural man or woman.
  3. Spiritual confidence increases when you are truly striving, for the right reasons, to live a consecrated life in spite of your imperfections!
  4. Spiritual confidence increases when you voluntarily and joyfully repent of sins, both small and great, in real time by applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
  5. Spiritual confidence increases when you know that the Lord knows that you bear no ill feelings toward another soul.
  6. Spiritual confidence increases when you accept that “often trials and tribulations are allowed to come into [your life] because of what [you] are doing right” (Glenn L. Pace, “Crying with the Saints” [Brigham Young University devotional, Dec. 13, 1987], 2;speeches.byu.edu).

It was fun to read back through the checkpoints, because even though I quickly spotted  areas where I need work, I saw a lot of growth, even from the time that this walk was first given.

When Alma taught the gospel to the Lamanites, a king declared that he would give anything — even give all of his sins away — to know a God that would offer total salvation and eternal improvement. The question I (and that I suspect we all) face everyday is — will I give my all to know God?