Believing in Christ and Believing Christ
By terrym
3/21/2012 12:18:10 PM
Step 3 - Key Principle — Decide to turn your will and your life over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
I've been thinking about this concept lately. When I had a meeting with my Bishop recently we talked about the need to have faith in this process of recovery and repentance. I've always felt that i had faith, I've always known that Christ is the savior, that he loves me, that he suffered for all the sins, afflictions, and temptations of the world etc. I know the ABCs of repentance (Acknowledge, Be sorry, Confess, Don't do it again). I read the scriptures and pray on a daily basis. I try to follow the spirit. The issue is, Do I just believe in Christ or am I actually to the point of Believing Him... if not, how can I get there and how can I know? And how can I "turn my will and life over the the care of God and Jesus Christ?

ps just so you all can be a little more specific on your responses, I have a problem with masturbation and pornography.


We all need him    
"Hello my dear friend,

I think you bring a great and the most important topic, about faith
Repentance is a process and not a one time event, I'm a sinner that's a fact and the most important things I ever learned is that I don't have to fight alone my addiction, he is there for me and for you as well.

It is not about religion it is about spirituality, I Remember when I started the process of repentance it took me 1 year before having a real spiritual connection with my savior, I was able to abstain from MB and porn for a long period of time, sometime 90-100 days but I was missing the humility.

Because I'm totally powerless over my addiction (step1), I Can't control my addiction and I don't have to control, when I rely on my savior, he will do the miracle.

I don't want to give you advise or saying I'm better than other, believe I'm the most weakest person in this site but I know I can rely on my savior and I receiving every day spiritual strength from him.

My take away from my comments is that, starting recovery will take time, and we all learn step by step, little by little but he is waiting over us and if we let him enter in our life he will make miracle,

First be kind with your self, learn to love your self as well the savior, learn from him

I'm your brother and your friend from Europe "
posted at 13:11:32 on March 21, 2012 by mike81
"I don't know about you but this is what happened in my life. I grew up with what I thought was unshakable faith. I didn't need proof, I believed. And I knew all about Christ. I believed in Him. But then I realized that I knew Him as well as I knew Ryan Gosling. I knew His biography but I didn't actually know Him. I could believe in Him. But how could I believe Him? Let me tell ya, as a young single adult woman, I know all about Ryan Gosling. Where he was born, who were his parents, his entire filmography. I've studied this guy but what I lack is a personal relationship. He's still just a celebrity to me. For me, Jesus was like that. Just some celebrity that I read about.

In an SA meeting they said "Faith is not belief without proof. It's trust without reservation." I didn't have that kind of faith yet.

The change came when I realized that. I tried to build my relationship with MY brother, MY Savior. Not just the Savior of the World. But my personal Savior. All my focus went into prayer, fasting, scripture study, etc. Not because these things would make me forgiven. Not because these things would cure me. Not because these things would make me righteous. I realized that if I did those things that He would be there and I could get to know Him.

Like if I wanted to meet Ryan Gosling and get to know him I'd hang out where he hangs out. I'd put in some effort and go get to know him.

It seems like a dumb way to explain this but it was literally my thought process before I started getting to know Christ. The Church is a great system to help you get to know Christ but I think it's important to remember that going to church/being right with the Church doesn't automatically mean that you know Christ. I grew up in the Church, held callings, etc and it wasn't til I was leaving for college that I realized I didn't know Christ. I knew his commands, his quotes, but not Him.

So I just recommend getting to know Christ. Make Him your best friend, your brother. And once you have that connection, it's a whole lot easier to turn it over to Him. I started praying for different things, I started doing things not because I had to but because I loved my Savior. And I'm still not perfect. I've got a long way to go, but I know my Savior. And I know my God. And they are there for me. Sometimes I don't get why things happen or why I have to do certain things but it is amazing how God's plan works."
posted at 14:11:02 on March 21, 2012 by iamstrong
I get what you mean.    
"I've been off porn for a lol bit now, and I know for a fact I am not spiritually there yet. i dont feel it, I feel like my decisions are being based off of tactical thoughts not humility and faith. I know that's where I need to be, but I dont know how. So much of it is our personal desire, and I've lost it. I've lost it, because I gave up on it. I want it back, but dont know how...."
posted at 16:55:40 on March 21, 2012 by moroni
I understand a little better    
"Thanks IAMSTRONG, your analogy with Ryan Gosling worked really well. It was very understandable even though I have no idea who he is lol ;) But really, I do understand a little better."
posted at 22:25:43 on March 21, 2012 by terrym
"Dang. It must just be a teenage girl thing. Ryan Gosling, the movie star... Remember the Titans. The Notebook. Crazy Stupid Love.... haha Ok, it's becoming very obvious that I'm just an average 20 year old girl haha"
posted at 22:40:37 on March 21, 2012 by iamstrong

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"Each one who resolves to climb that steep road to recovery must gird up for the fight of a lifetime. But a lifetime is a prize well worth the price. This challenge uniquely involves the will, and the will can prevail. Healing doesn’t come after the first dose of any medicine. So the prescription must be followed firmly, bearing in mind that it often takes as long to recover as it did to become ill. But if made consistently and persistently, correct choices can cure. "

— Russell M. Nelson

General Conference, October 1988