An Arsenal At Our Disposal

Someone mentioned a story about Satan’s Toolbox and his most used tool. I’ve found several variations to the story, but the basic gist of it is this:

There was an auction attended by all manner of demons, etc. The items that were on sale were the tools that Satan used to destroy people. Many items were on display: Hatred, Greed, Malice, Lust, Pride, Jealousy, etc. Each was priced according to its value. Sitting a little further apart than these was a harmless looking, worn-out wedge. When asked what this tool was, he replied, ‘Discouragement’. It’s my favorite tool because all I need in to put the point of it in a person’s mind and I can easily influence them. It’s my most used tool because almost everyone is susceptible to it. The Devil’s price was too high and no-one else could afford it, so it remains in his possession and is still the most used of his tools.

When I heard the story, I made a note to be more mindful when I feel discouraged and to try to remedy it as quickly as I could.

So when I was in Sunday School, learning about the gifts of the Spirit, I had little idea that this little story would tie in with the lesson. The teacher, after listing and discussing these gifts and explaining that an apostle had said, ‘Gifts of the Spirit can lead us to God. They can shield us from the power of the adversary. They can compensate for our inadequacies and repair our imperfections.’ [1] asked the question:

Why has Heavenly Father given us these gifts?

My mind immediately went to this story and it seemed quite simple, really. If the devil has his tools, then so does our Heavenly Father, the chief among them the Holy Ghost and with him, the gifts that we are able to seek out and receive. What a spectacular arsenal to have at our disposal! Not only that, we have the whole armor of God [2], which, if we apply ourselves daily, is something we have the ability to have on constantly.

Armor of God

It can become really daunting, and yes, discouraging, when we view our lot in this life. Sometimes trials and tribulations can seem to overwhelm us and we can feel tempted to say that it’s not worth it. But, everything that I have learned in life as a disciple of Jesus Christ is this: When the Savior of this world tells you not to fear, you’re better off believing Him, because He truly has overcome the world. [3]

Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. ~ Doctrine and Covenants 6: 34

I am full of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for giving us such a powerful defence against the wiles of the adversary. He has not left us exposed in any way, shape or form, but the onus lies with us to take complete advantage of these gifts. It’s actually a commandment to desire and zealously seek spiritual gifts. [4]

It is my prayer that we will all make a renewed effort to pursue this worthy goal. I know I will.

What spiritual gifts do you think you possess or would like to pursue?

1. Spiritual Gifts, Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign Sept !986
2. Doctrine and Covenants 27:15-18
3. John 16:33
4. Doctrine and Covenants 46:8 ; 1 Corinthians 12:31 and 14:1