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By: Don Bowman, Moroni Channel
In addictions and other sins that we seemingly can't overcome our spirit is willing yet our flesh yields to the desire and then guilt sets in, then shame, and the circle can be repeated over and over in a self defeating way, unless Christ is bought into our lives and we admit we cannot do it by our own strength. Our flesh cannot conquer our flesh or our fleshly desires. There is no way that that can happen! It has no power or even the will to do it. There as to be a power greater than our flesh or self that can purge the particular sin or addiction out of our fleshly natural man! This takes time and humility.
In the DC section 89 verse 3 concerning the Word of Wisdom it says;
We can first think that this means that even the weakest saint should be able to overcome the problems with the Word of Wisdom, or that it is only for the weak saints, yet when we take a closer look and even look at the scriptural notes below at the bottom of the page, they have the word weakness meaning humility. Only with a great deal of humility can some of these addictions and sins be overcome by bringing Christ into our lives to fight and conquer this battle.
In Romans chapter 7 it tells of this battle! Let's go through it! Let's take smoking for an example, yet any continual sin or addiction can be applied.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do(smoke) I allow not: for what I would( not smoke),that do I not; but what I hate,(smoke) that do I. If then I do that which I would not,( smoke)I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me(that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will(not smoke) is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.( can't quit ) For the good that I would(not smoke) I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.(smoke) Now if I do that I would not,(smoke) it is no more I that do it,but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that,when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The flesh when addicted, or when sin dwellest therein demands what it wants when it wants it and the spirit or the inward man becomes more and more helpless as the demand is greater and greater. In fact the body or flesh will go through sometimes horrific upheavals even pain, and emotional pain, unless the demand is met, depending on the stimulant or addiction or sin. We condescended from heaven knowing our bodies would be subject to the vanities of this world yet not willingly yet knowing with Christ help we could overcome! Yet looking down from above, we the children of God knew it would take a great deal of humility to sometimes overcome these great stumbling blocks in our lives. God bless those who have overcome and are trying to overcome, for then they may aid, help, and succor others that are trapped within their own flesh yearning to be set free! Christ descended below all things and is therefore able to provide an escape to all those in need.
For the creature ( those that can be regenerated) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
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