“I Could Not Be Shaken!”

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Perhaps you might recall the story of Sherem, as told by Jacob. Sherem was a man who came among the Nephite people. It is recorded that:

“…he preached many things which were flattering unto the people; and this he did that he might overthrow the doctrine of Christ…and he was learned, that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the people; wherefore, he could use much flattery, and much power of speech..” (Jacob 1,4)

Sherem sought the opportunity to gain an audience with Jacob because Jacob was known ‘around town’ as a believer and preacher of Christ. Sherem did gain that opportunity but was not able to sway Jacob from his convictions. I have always been impressed by the reason Jacob gave regarding his personal victory over Sherem. He stated:

“And he (Sherem) had hope to shake me from the faith, notwithstanding the many revelations and the many things which I had seen concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and they had ministered unto me. And also, I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in very word, from time to time; wherefore, I could not be shaken.” (vs.5)

Sherem later recanted and repented of his anti Christian messages. But the greatest lesson I got out of this brief story is how Jacob was able to hold on to his faith in Christ when so many others had been fooled by Sherem’s false teachings.

We live in a time of “Sherem!” It is a time of great flattery! Messages not worthy of Christ, by great learned men of women of our time, can fool even the most ‘elect.’ (Matt. 24:24)

How can we combat and protect ourselves from such flattery? Jacob gave us the answer! Let us foster spiritual experiences in our daily lives such that, when difficult questions are presented, we have sufficient strength to tell truth from falsehood. That requires a heart full of desire. That desire will help us to diligently read, ponder and pray on a consistent basis. Let us foster a relationship with the spirit of Christ so that when presented with things that may trouble us, our experiences will be that of Jacob, and we can say:

“I could not be shaken, because my faith is immovable!

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