Although the gospel pattern of creation and growth is ingrained in us, it’s also become commonplace. When we lose the ability to see it clearly, then we also lose the power connected to it. We need to re-arrange and deepen our thinking about the gospel and creation. Repetition is a very important principle, but if we don’t go deeper at the same time, then it becomes redundant and we stop hearing the truth taught. Each time we speak of the atonement and the Plan of Salvation we should be gaining insight and knowledge, or we’re loosing understanding and light. God explained it this way: “For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.” (2 Nephi 28:30) If we aren’t receiving more, are we loosing something? His promise is if we receive then He gives more! Do we receive more each time we study the gospel, go to church or speak with God? We should, we’ll know if we’re receiving what He’s giving if we gain light when we’re taught. If we increase.
One of the best ways to know we’re on the right path, and living by the Spirit, is if our knowledge of God is increasing. If we don’t increase in knowledge, understanding and power, then we’re not doing and becoming what God would have us do and become. We’re not harkening unto (or DOING) His precepts and learning wisdom. It comes a little here and a little there, but it comes as we receive and then do. If we stop receiving, because we don’t harken or if we think we already know it all, then what we have is taken away. Increasing is one of the best tests and a sure way to know if we’re in the right path, we receive the gifts of the Spirit and gain experience, always increasing line upon line, here a little and there a little. When was the last time the Spirit taught you?