Mormon continues telling us if an evil man gives a gift, he does it grudgingly. The Lord made it clear how he expects us to act. “Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days” (D&C 64:34).
The gift he gives will be considered evil and not accepted of the Lord. “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 15:8).
If a man will pray without real intent, God will not receive such a prayer.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering [GR doubting, hesitating]. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:6-7).
If a man is evil, he will not be able to give a good gift to the Lord. “Mormon, who had seen nothing all his life but ‘a continual scene of wickedness and abominations’ (Mormon 2:18), has a great yearning for peace and rest (Moroni 7:3-4), but he is convinced that unregenerate men are not capable either of receiving or giving good of themselves (Moroni 7:10), and must remain as nothing until they have charity, ‘the pure love of Christ (Moroni 7:44-47).”
A bitter found cannot bring forth good water. “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death” (Proverbs 13:14). A good fountain cannot bring forth bitter water. James asked, “Doth a fountain [GR spring, well] send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter” (James 3:11).
He who serves the devil cannot follow Christ. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
He who serves Christ cannot serve the devil. “And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father” (2 Nephi 31:10). “And he that will not take up his cross and follow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved” (D&C 56:2).
“The polarized condition of the world today, however silly, is not to be denied. But is it consistent with the real polarity of good and evil? If God and Satan stand each surrounded by his host, they are not human hosts. The human race is placed not at either pole but squarely between the two. In that position each individual is free to gravitate in either direction; that is the testing to which all are subjected during this time of probation, every day of their lives. As long as they are living here they are subject to being tried and tested.”
All things good come from God. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error [GR deception, wandering sin]” (1 John 4:2, 4, 6).
“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God” (3 John 1:11).
That which is evil comes from the devil. The devil is an enemy of God, constantly fighting against Him, tempting us to sin and continually do evil.
“For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil.
“Therefore, if a man bringeth forth good works he hearkeneth unto the voice of the good shepherd, and he doth follow him; but whosoever bringeth forth evil works, the same becometh a child of the devil, for he hearkeneth unto his voice, and doth follow him” (Alma 5:40-41).
“What [the devil] tempts [Adam and Eve] with is lunch. We can put the situation in terms of two employers who are competing for the services of the man Adam and his posterity, who are intentionally placed in the middle between them: on the one hand, ‘the devil ... inviteth and enticeth ... continually’ to work for him, while on the other, ‘God inviteth and enticeth ... continually’ to work for him (Moroni 7:12–13).”
That which is of God invites us to do good continually. “And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation” (D&C 35:12).
“And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father” (D&C 84:47).
It entices us to good and love God. “And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal” (2 Nephi 33:4).
Anything that makes us to desire to serve God is inspired of Him.