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How do you turn your life over to Christ.
By John07
4/18/2012 12:13:23 AM
I was at my PASG and we are on step 3 and the question was asked, How do we turn our agency over to Christ? Does anyone here have any thoughts on this? I would really appreciate comments on this. Thanks.

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Things to read    
"It is what several members call surrendering all. Angelmom has posted about it. There was also a recent post.
Frankly',I'm not there yet. Try reading Believing Christ and anything pertaining, including the Scriptures. From my very limited understanding, it means being willing to do anything to being with him, letting nothing stand in your way and doing what he asks"
posted at 06:51:12 on April 18, 2012 by anon16
Things to read    
"It is what several members call surrendering all. Angelmom has posted about it. There was also a recent post.
Frankly',I'm not there yet. Try reading Believing Christ and anything pertaining, including the Scriptures. From my very limited understanding, it means being willing to do anything to being with him, letting nothing stand in your way and doing what he asks"
posted at 06:51:13 on April 18, 2012 by anon16
Service    
"To me it means doing everything I can to serve Him. If you think about it, you are in a great debt to Him. He has given you everything. If you endeavor to give him something back, your life will change. I promise this. Make a goal to stay sober, for Him. Think about Christ when you are tempted. This is what I would do to "turn my agency over to Christ" Just serve him as he has served you."
posted at 00:17:08 on April 23, 2012 by Trollboy
Obedience    
"One of the gifts that God has given you as a human being was, free agency. When you sinned, you basically gave up your life to the devil.. and the devil, as you know, wants to take away your free agency. A good verse to read is James 1:15 -- "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." Our addiction brings spiritual death, and then if continued long enough will bring forth physical death. Agree or don't agree, but that's just the sad truth of that matter.
Pornography is one of those addictions that stem from lust, or more specifically, the lust of the eyes. You've probably heard countless times that one must address the core reason, the root of it all, the main cause, or the key issue so to speak. Well, the root of your problem is the lust of the eyes. Remove the root, and the 'plant', won't have any sustenance to keep itself alive. Jesus himself spoke this in Matthew 18:9 -- "And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire." Ok, so… even a mentally handicapped person would know that he isn’t speaking literally here. He is just saying that make obedience serious, and that since we can sin with our eyes, do all you can to control your eyes. Controlling your eyes is hard and takes time. I’m not going to go to deep into the topic because that’s not what you were asking for, I just felt inclined to tell you.
Now, to stay on topic, in order to give your life over to the Lord, you have to become a servant to the Lord. That's what a lord is, someone who has power, control or authority over someone else.. in this case, that's you. You agree to become the Lord's servant, and do whatsoever he wills. His will for you, is.. something, that you must figure out… his will for your life so to speak; but how to live and conduct your life, we know, through the commandments. No one is exempt from them; they are universal laws, unchangeable and consequential. If you are obedient, you will be given a blessing that is predicated to the commandment you were obedient to, and you will be a good servant. If you are not obedient, you will be a bad servant, and will be subject to the degenerative effects of sin, and the sadistic will of the devil.
If you haven't, come to the Lord through prayer, and ask him to help you know his will for your life. Tell him your situation, exhort your desires for liberty and a better grip or control over the gift that he gave you. Ask him to give you a strong desire for good, tell him how much you want to obey and walk in his ways. Pray anything and everything that is on your heart.
Once you do that, open the scriptures and read them, ask questions, highlight the heck out of the passages you read, ask your friends, ask your neighbors, do everything you can, the best you can, to find truth and understanding. Once you pray, and let God know your desires, he will give to you what you need to know in order to become free. You just have to put in the effort to be a good servant and want freedom bad enough. Remember, freedom is worth fighting for. If you disagree, go read a history book."
posted at 16:26:14 on April 23, 2012 by regal777
You can't take it with you    
"Personally, I think you need to identify everything that is part of your life that you will not be able to maintain in God's presence in the Celestial Kingdom, and eliminate that from your life. Then, you need to replace those things with good, Celestial things.

For most of us, it takes a lifetime to change our desires, habits, media, language, anger, lust, etc. It's called becoming Holy, or "Sanctification," and it's not easy...it's possible only through Faith in the Atonement of Christ. When we turn ourselves over to Christ, we say, "It's OK with me, you CAN remove from me that desire [to hear that dirty song]...I WANT you to remove it from me and replace it with a desire [to listen to pure, uplifting music]." When we turn our lives over to Christ, we acknowledge that he can make more of us than we can make of ourselves, and we recognize that we are holding ourselves back by clinging to all our personal, worldly, fleshy wants, needs, desires, and lusts.

Our Natural-Man tendency is to want things that are completely unholy, ungodly, impure, and temporal. Those are the desires of the flesh, and a big part of our lives is to war against the flesh and overcome it. Christ has overcome the world and the flesh, if we surrender our desires to him. When we do, we attempt to seek only things that are virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy, and eternal, etc.

That's my opinion, and I am FAR from figuring out how to do it...but for ME, personally, it starts with changing the music and television that so constantly pollute my mind."
posted at 01:07:17 on April 25, 2012 by BeClean


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