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We must have hope...
By Snoopkittyka
4/20/2009 1:38:52 PM
Step 2 - Key Principle — Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.
In order to move forward with the second step, after honestly admitting to the problem in step 1, one must come to the belief that there is hope for us. One does not have to have 100% hope or anything like it; just a little hope that MAYBE there is someone or something greater than us that can alleviate the obsession and insanity of addiction. I came to the conclusion that I am going to put hope in the power of my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit...Faith and Trust come with the next step.

I have seen so many people get and stay clean/sober, and lose the obsession for the addictive behavior through working the 12 steps, that I cannot help that there must be hope for me, regardless of how bad my addiction became. I can honestly say that at day 36, I truly have had the obsession to engage in addictive behaviors removed. I sometimes have a fleeting thought, especially when I am triggered by something, but I immediately pray and meditate on the Spirit, and instead of turning into an obsession I must act on, it becomes a fleeting thought that becomes a bad idea! God is so awesome!

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"I really believe that hope is the key. As far as I can tell it is the only thing that has made this recovery for me any different than previous attempts. I started to actually believe that it was possible for me to overcome this thing, and I started to really believe that the Savior could and would help me, take the burden from me, and I feel that he has. I am on day 66, and in the past 6 months I have only had 4 slip-ups. That is monumental for me as an almost lifelong addict. I not only believe, but I know that I will get to the point that this problem is no longer a part of my life. I don't expect that I will ever get to the point that I am not tempted, but I can see in my life how it is becoming less of a problem every day. I love the Lord, and I know that he has given me indescribable help to overcome, and all it really took was a little bit of real faith. I have found that a tiny glimmer of real faith is so much stronger than all of the pretended faith in the world. I think that was where I was for a long time. I pretended to have faith--I did all of the outward things that I was "supposed" to do, but in my heart I somehow believed that the atonement worked for everyone but me. I believed on a philosophical level but did not apply it in any measure on a personal level. I want to tell all of you that it is possible. I used to think that Satan had control when he convinced me to sin. I now know that convincing us to sin is one of his least effective tools, when he really had me was when he convinced me to give up. When he convinced me that I was beyond hope. That I was somehow beyond the reach of the atonement. Satan wins a small battle when we give in to temptation. He wins a huge one when we loose hope. I also want to say how grateful I am for this site, I think it was inspiration when I stumbled across it a few months ago. It gives me a place that I can openly bear this testimony without holding anything back. We can help each other to seek help from God here, and I have gained much strength by both reading and writing on this site. Much Love"
posted at 23:18:27 on April 21, 2009 by ican


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"Jesus rejected temptation. When confronted by the great tempter himself, Jesus "[yielded] not to the temptation‚ÄĚ. He countered with scripture. Gospel commandments and standards are our protection also, and like the Savior, we may draw strength from the scriptures to resist temptation."

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