Step Ten is a reminder to regularly inventory our personal behavior and to make amends immediately, for anything we may have done that may block our continued spiritual growth and recovery. We have discovered that even as we put forth our best efforts in doing God’s will, there are times when we will fall short in our ability to continually do all that God asks us to do, as our “sins do so easily beset [us].” (See 2 Nephi 4:18) Fortunately, the Savior will make up for us where we fall short (after all we can do) as we promptly admit our wrongs, make needed corrections, and ask Heavenly Father for forgiveness. (See 2 Nephi 25:23)
Step Ten is asking us to look inside ourselves and to be aware of what is going on in our lives today. Self-examination allows us to confront our unbridled thoughts and behaviors for the purpose of taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions before they get out of control. We can help to avoid relapse by keeping in touch with our thoughts, attitudes, and feelings, before they turn into destructive behaviors or actions.
Daily reviews help us handle situations as they arise. We no longer need to hide or escape from the challenges and disappointments that life brings us. We now live by a higher set of values. By promptly reaffirming our dependence upon, and love of our Heavenly Father, we seek His help in working through whatever we may be called upon to deal with.
We now have learned valuable skills by practicing the previous steps, along with additional tools to assist us. These include:
• The scriptures, which teach us all things necessary to return to God.
• How to show respect, love, and forgiveness to our fellowman.
• Personal prayer, which allows us to call upon the powers of heaven for guidance and assistance with our trials.
• Priesthood blessings, which add a measure of strength and hope toward overcoming challenges.
• The Twelve Steps of recovery which provide simple and clear steps in finding peace with God, with our fellowman, and with ourselves.
• Support and spiritual growth through attendance at church and recovery meetings.
• And true friends, with whom we share common goals.
How will we know if something isn’t quite right in our lives? We need only listen to the still, small voice from within ourselves that warns us when we start down the path that leads to self-destruction. Sometimes called our conscience, the “Light of Christ” is a gift we were all born with. It will always warn us, will never lie to us, nor lead us astray. When we seek the Saviors help daily while reviewing our thoughts and actions, He will guide and direct us on what corrections need to be made. Father in Heaven has not left us alone in the world to work out our own recovery. He has provided us with a Savior to restore, heal and strengthen us in our daily recovery efforts.
“My people must be tried in all things that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them.”
What good have you gained from your struggles?
A part of the plan of this life is that we would have experiences that will cause us to struggle and suffer. What have been some of your struggles today?
"...for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.”
How does reading this scripture bring you hope that God is aware of you and the difficult challenges you face in your life?
3 Nephi 27:27
“...Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.”
How does daily personal inventory help you become a better person?
2 Nephi 4:18, 20
“I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me...nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted... My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness...”
How have you come to rely upon God when dealing with your daily temptations?
2 Nephi 10:20
"And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.”
How does knowing that God has not “cast you off,” but that He is leading you to a better life, give you strength to meet the daily challenges?
“And as often as my people repent will I forgive them their trespasses against me.”
What does this scripture say about the character of God?
“And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet.”
How does knowing that we are supposed to be tempted, as a part of Heavenly Father’s plan, help you to accept your trials and tribulations?
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
JST Matthew 16:24
“And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.”
What is the Savior asking you to do on a daily basis?
2 Nephi 4:16-19
“Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me. And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.”
The Prophet Nephi was a very righteous man, yet like all of mankind, he struggled with his own set of temptations. Openly venting his frustration because of the ease in which he falls into temptation seems very familiar. Yet he never gives up as he comments his trust in the Savior by promptly admitting to his wrongs and repenting as many times as he sins; always trying to do better, always reconciling to the will of the Lord.
Is your approach to temptation and sin any different than Nephi’s? Explain: