One of you mentioned a lifelong addiction, and wondered how to finally overcome that trial and move on into the greater blessings you desire. I am inclined to believe that most of us struggle with addictions lesser or greater. Some people are addicted to anger, or money, or sex, or sexual orientation, or to being right all the time. Some are addicted to compliments and recognition, others to substances and illegal activities. But, we are all struggling with this problem on some level.
Since our entire spiritual evolution operates upon the principle of allowing the Holy Spirit to direct us in the pathway designated by Jesus Christ, then as long as we remain on that path, the Lord will take us line upon line to every spiritual accomplishment and destination we desire – and empower us to go there.
Let me say it another way: If you want to be fully clean through repentance – become flawlessly obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and you will succeed.
If you want to be born again – become flawlessly obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit and you will succeed.
If you want to have your Calling and Election made sure – become flawlessly obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit and you will succeed.
If you want to have miracles, power in the priesthood, prophetic understanding, visions, visitations of angels, and to see inside the veil – become flawlessly obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit and you will succeed.
If you want to overcome an addiction – become flawlessly obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit and you will succeed.
It is unlikely that your addiction will suddenly lose any of its persuasive pull in your life, but when the voice of addiction demands your attention, the Holy Spirit will guide you. You will know and see the correct actions and responses, and if you act with courage and obey, even when it is at great cost and discomfort, then the magic happens.
If you try to act on your own, by your own willpower, you are pitting your strength against the power of the addiction – and the fact that you even have an addiction stipulates that your strength isn’t up to the task. But, when the Holy Spirit speaks and urges you to not partake, and you choose to obey, then you are triggering the gears of heaven in dispensing grace to you to add to the battle what you have always lacked.
It is the same principle Nephi 3:7 promises in that the Lord always prepares a way for us to accomplish the thing which he commands us.
When acting in obedience you are no longer alone. It will take 100% of your courage and strength – which will probably not be enough still – but by obedience you invite and enable Christ to take up your cause – and He will lift your burden sufficiently that you will conquer. Then, you do it again, and again, and again, until the evil that is calling you to self-destruction has no more power over you.
No matter what we are seeking, and no matter how badly we lack, the method to obtain any blessing is everlastingly the same – identify the voice of the Holy Spirit and flawlessly obey it. Each further step will be opened to your mind, each a little more empowered by Christ. Your part in it remains the same – obey, obey, obey, obey, obey.
© August 2011, John M. Pontius, all rights reserved. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.