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Addictive Thoughts- Where do they come from?
By 3R's
8/28/2011 11:26:16 AM
Dear Fellow Travelers, the other day I was reading Matthew 15:19 wherein the Lord said: "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,adulteries, fornication, thefts, etc." and also in Galatians 5: 19 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,...."

My thoughts about these thoughts and where they come from are this:
1. I do have lustful thoughts...but I do not dwell on them.
2. I do have so called "death wish" thoughts on people who trouble me, especially on the highway. (road rage)
3. I do have thoughts about how to steal something and get away with it.
4. I do have thoughts of what I call "delusions of grandeur".

Out of all of these classes of evil thoughts, the one that is the most bothersome for me, the one that I so easily fall prey to is in the class of lasciviousness. That is a French word and it well describes the dilemma that we as sex addicts find ourselves in. That is why I sing the praises of this "Addiction Recovery Program". I am sinful by nature and I have allowed this sexual desire to "FLAME OUT OF CONTROL" for a time. But God be thanked, I can now bask in His light and honor my Priesthood Covenants. I am also thankful for a loving companion who in her own way is Strong, Diligent and Worthy and does not hesitate to be a "Guardian of the Priesthood" and keep me in remembrance of my duty and a Covenant Son.

Thank You All

Comments:

Point 5.    
"I forgot one:
5. I often find myself talking to someone and I say something that just isn't true. It just comes out that way. I know that the addictive mind is very skillful at lying. One consolation: my conscience is still strong and I know when I have to back track and correct what I have said. I am also thankful for erasers."
posted at 21:16:33 on August 28, 2011 by 3R's
natural man    
"The natural man is an enemy to God. It is in our very nature to sin. That is why we are here, to learn, make mistakes, use the atonement, and move on. We all sin. Those thoughts you have are simply a result of being human. We all have thoughts and emotions that fly through our minds. Its what we do with them that determines what kind of person we are.

An addict will allow thoughts to creep into their mind. Those thoughts begin to stimulate various senses, memories, and other thoughts if they go unimpeded. An addict is stuck in the phase where they realize that what they are doing is harmful to themselves and others, but they do not have the necessary coping skills and alternative thought processes to make themselves stop acting out.

The next step is finding a way to keep these thoughts under control and that is something each addict has to face individually. In my opinion, the atonement must play a central role in that process. The 12 steps are an excellent pathway to freedom and living a new life.

We are all human, we all make mistakes, and we all sin. What are your sins trying to teach you?"
posted at 00:41:43 on August 29, 2011 by blindman


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