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Enjoying Step Three Work
By R_Matt
2/10/2015 6:51:21 AM
Step three can really get to the root of this problem! When I am willing to accept that a lot of my perception of God was created by me and that I needed to ACCEPT Him for who He IS. I was attacking the problem with my own gods instead of allowing the True and Living God to guide me through; Yes i was terrified that He might not step in. The adversary could really work with me when I was intermingling truth with my own fantasy, because LUST is also fantasy and one of the tools he tried to use to destroy me and my family. One Fantasy could easily slip into the other and visa versa; this explains why i would sometimes go into a full blown LUST fantasy while I was praying. Or worse, my struggle with acting out while I was asleep; I was confused why it didn't happen when I skipped prayer before sleeping. Before, my bedtime prayer was like going through the McDonalds drive through to get some fast food. Now Prayer involves accepting God for who He is and waiting however long for Him to reveal His Truths. . Its a great awakening to know That God is my Heavenly Father and Loves me.

~ One of the Gems I'm learning : Surrendering this struggle to Him opens me to his council, guidance, direction and its up to me to follow Him. He wont do it for me. Accepting Him also removes many of the stumbling blocks. Its awesome that he honors our free agency and He also has His free Agency and is using it in our behalf; I think he is teaching us to WORK alongside Him.

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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987