Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Post by KeithH » Sun May 11, 2014 7:59 am

Reading from Chapter 7 of HDDM

AND NEVER, UNTIL I DID CRY OUT (Alma 38:8)

Step Seven: Humbly cried unto the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts for a remission of sins that through His mercy and His grace we might experience a mighty change of heart, lose all disposition to do evil, and thus be encircled about in the arms of safety because of His great and last sacrifice. (Alma 36:18; Alma 38:8; Moroni 10:32; Mosiah 5:2; Alma 34:15–16)

Principle Seven: The mighty change of heart is a gift from God that I must desire and ask for.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to stop overeating simply because you have no more desire to do it? Wouldn’t it be a miracle if you could stop losing your temper, not because you bit your tongue or went somewhere alone and slugged a pillow, but because you have no more disposition to strike out at others? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could live on a budget, not because you had no charge cards, but because you didn’t desire to overuse them? Or to stop looking at pornography on the Internet, not because you’ve installed a content filter or cancelled your service, but because you have no more desire to look at it. And finally, to return to the place where Twelve Step recovery began—wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that “peace which passeth understanding” (Philippians 4:7) which takes away all desire to use alcohol or drugs. No longer do any of us need to run from life, but we can face and embrace the Life—even the gift of Christ’s coming into our lives.

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Post by KeithH » Sun May 11, 2014 8:06 am

If I have experienced this gift of having zero desire for my addiction, whatever it may be, and I no longer feel that way, how do I regain that gift?

It seems that when I grow busy, or complacent, or for any reason do not put my time with the Lord as the first thing in my day, the gift of recovery from the Lord wanes, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.

I am closest to the Lord when I remember that ALL things in my life are gifts from God, and I discuss my life with Him, converse with Him in a heartfelt way.

I am grateful to know that He is always there, waiting for me to turn to Him.

It seems to me that the most precious gift He gives me is being beside me each day, if I will let Him, discussing my challenges, my hopes, my desires, and especially discussing with Him what He would have me do to serve my fellows, and thus become more like Him.

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Post by PhilH » Sun May 11, 2014 8:26 am

Thank you for sharing with us, Keith. I feel the same way about my relationship with the Lord. It has to be nourished every day to stay strong, to stay connected. When that is in place, everything else goes smoothly. That doesn't mean I don't have ups and downs, and experience challenges. But they don't keep me down for long if I stay close by His side.

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