They had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.
And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come” (Mosiah 4:2–3).
The people of King Benjamin offered the kind of prayer that we offer as we take step 7. They felt peace and joy when the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and gave them a remission of their sins. Reflect on experiences you have had with these feelings. Write about how it would be to have these feelings become your way of life.
One thing I’m thinking now is that I’m a bit scared of Step 7. This is a HUGE step in the right direction, but it’s laying it all out on the line, completely submitting my will over to God, to let Him do with me what He may. This is great, yet intense.
A prayer like this one is where I’m at.
I’ve felt these feelings before. One time in particular is when I was recovering from my car wreck when I was 15. I came home from the hospital and had NO DESIRE to even think about sin. The scriptures took on new meaning; my prayers were close communication with God; I felt so close to Him.
I think it is very possible to have these feelings as a way of life. I look forward to this experience. I’m scared but I feel I’m ready.
I’m left contemplating this and the other scriptures in Step 7. This is such a deep Step – it’s a Step 3 on a whole new level. It’s a determination to not just recognize that I need to submit my entire will over to God but to actually DO IT.
Right now I still feel like, at times, I take my will back. Some of the ways I “take my will back”:
- Not being consistent in scripture study
- Not being consistent in personal prayer
- Getting upset at colleagues because they aren’t doing things the way I’d like them to be done
- Talking about other people
- Comparing myself to others
- Thinking I’m better than others
- Getting irritated or frustrated with the kids
I feel that, as I pray earnestly to have my sins forgiven and to take the atoning blood of Christ upon me to purify my heart, “…the Spirit of the Lord will [come] upon [me], and [I will be] filled with joy, having received a remission of [my] sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which [I have] in Jesus Christ who should come…”
I’m excited for this step and all it brings to the table.