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Fight it or Surrender?
By lawrence
3/15/2011 10:29:16 AM

I have been pondering and meditating a lot about constantly being in battle against this addiction as if it were an entity of its own. We all want to fight the addiction thing that is in us, but it seems we all fail. To succeed, I think (I am only 36 days sober so what do I know), we have to realize that the beast is part of us. We can't cut it out. But we, with God, can transmute it into Light, like unto the Light of Christ that is already in us, and like the Light of our own Spirit, which is our eternal essence. The natural man is an enemy (Mosiah 3:19), and unless we "put it off" we will suffer. But how do we put it off? Divorce it? Banish it? I think these are impossible. We must BE it. Then when we ARE the natural man, and have identified with it, by observing its desires, passions, and appetites, not giving in and letting it control us, but not judging and being disgusted at its carnality either, then it begins to transform into the Light. The scripture above makes it clear. Once we ARE this natural man, then we may proceed at "putting it off" by 1) yielding to the enticings of the Holy Spirit 2)becoming a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, 3) become as a child: submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things (step 3, LDSARP) which the Lord sees fit to inflict upon us, even as a child submits to his Father.

I try to fight the beast, to beat it down, to subdue it. But alas, this will never work. I have learned a lot this week, and if we look at the scripture in D&C 121, we see that when we begin "to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men", and this includes our own soul, i.e. forcing abstinence, then "the heavens withdraw themselves" and "the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man."

Beating it down can never work as a "cure", because this addiction lives and thrives in the most primitive part of our brain, the part that really is a sacred place, where our very Being or Person, or our very Self is defined, and when we beat it down, we really are "kicking against the pricks" and "fighting against God", for God is within us, and the Light of Christ resides in our very soul. Indeed, by so doing I believe we are exercising unrighteous dominion, we are only white-knuckling.

Aren't we better off using principles of righteousness to convince even ourselves to obey God? Shouldn't we tame this beast instead "by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward [ourselves]"—we must love ourselves in complete wholeness—"whom thou hast reproved, lest [we esteem our own self to be our enemy]." We must do this in love, so that we may know "that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death." Faithfulness to the Son or Daughter of the Living God whom we all are. We are thus being true to our Father, who is One with the Christ, and We also One with them both.

Does that make any sense? I felt quite overcome by the Spirit as I contemplated these things. I know the Source of these teachings, even if they are only for me. I share them with you in sacred holiness. I invoke the Father's blessing upon all of you, my brothers and sisters.

L

Comments:

definatly understand    
"lawrence, i am back to being only 2 days sober, but i am more commited to daily scripture study and prayer then i have before. and i would like to say that not only do i understand what you are saying here, but you are an awesome person and this is the greatest post i have read in a long time. congrats on 36 days and good to know that you are feeling the spirit so strongly. that is my goal, not the 36 days, but to feel the spirit more strongly and more often."
posted at 12:48:09 on March 15, 2011 by kaybee
Surrender    
"There is nothing we can do to overcome addiction, except to surrender our will over to the Lord. It is really that simple and as we let go and devote all of ourselves to love and service of our fellow man, the sin and temptation is removed.

The more we think about ourselves, our addition, our pain, poor me, this is so hard, me, me, me..population me, party of one, the more we slip back into addiction.

Total surrender is all that is acceptable. That is when he can step in and save us from our sins."
posted at 22:41:58 on March 15, 2011 by Anonymous
Surrender    
"There is nothing we can do to overcome addiction, except to surrender our will over to the Lord. It is really that simple and as we let go and devote all of ourselves to love and service of our fellow man, the sin and temptation is removed.

The more we think about ourselves, our addition, our pain, poor me, this is so hard, me, me, me..population me, party of one, the more we slip back into addiction.

Total surrender is all that is acceptable. That is when he can step in and save us from our sins."
posted at 01:23:20 on March 16, 2011 by Anonymous


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