I think the scripture states that we cannot be tempted beyond our capacity to resist if God is there to help us. Which, in my opinion, He always is –we just have to ask for His help. So no, you don’t have power alone to overcome Satan. It’s just that God is more powerful.
I don’t think this has anything to do with agency. I think it has everything to do with Faith and living a righteous life (not implying that you aren’t…;)).]]>
Simply put, if I can always resist, then why the scripture. If there is some point where the temptation would be so great as to make it so I couldn’t resist then ok for the scripture. The flip side is can God influence me in such a way so that I can’t resist, I don’t think so. So where is the line, is it an angel, a voice or what? And is that a possible reason why I don’t hear a voice or see an angel?]]>
“One of the greatest principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of repentance. However of one has sinned so seriously and becomes habitually a sinner, the spirit of repentance leaves, and he may or may not be able to repent.” (Harold B Lee, Chruch News 3/3/74 p. 4)
“It is true that the great priniciple of repentance is always available, but for the wicked and rebellious there are serious reservations to this statement. For instance, sin is intensely habit forming and sometimes moves men to the tragic point of no return…as the trangessor moves deeper and deeper in his sin…the will be changed is weakened, it becomes near hopeless and he skids down and down until he does not want to climb back up or he has lost the power to do so.” (Miracle of Forgiveness, p 117)]]>
Laman and Lemuel both heard the voice of God and saw angels but weren’t all that convinced, were they?
I don’t have a really good answer to your question, but it seems to me that the influence of the Holy Ghost is limited primarily by the barriers that I put up by my own disobedience.]]>
I asked my son Bret, “How can God expect us to grow up to be gods ourselves if we rely on Him for every little thing?” We had an interesting discussion.]]>
And often if I’m not sure what I’ve received is actually an answer, I’ll ask for confirmation in some way.]]>
And now…back to the way it used to be. What’s the difference between now and then? I think it’s the fact that I was sacrificing so much as a missionary, and throwing myself into the work so hard, against any excuses to the contrary.
I suppose that it’s the same wherever you are, whether you’re a missionary or not. We’ve all got our church and gospel obligations and responsibilities, and if we just throw ourselves into it, to the point where we’re making sacrifices and exercising faith under the difficult circumstances, then I believe that the spirit will come back in strength.
For me, that would mean getting up at 5:00 AM every day to read scriptures for an hour, and pray every day for missionary / service opportunities. Wow, that sounds difficult. I know I should…maybe after PLSC 200 gets out. jk, I really should do it NOW. We’ll see.]]>