The Weapons of our Rebellion
By derek
11/7/2006 3:38:38 PM
Alma 23:7 — For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren.
As I read this verse this morning I was struck by the phrase "they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against GOD any more". I always think of these people as burying their swords so they wouldn't fight their brethren anymore. But it sounds to me like these people buried much more than that. The swords were just a physical item, but it's kind of hard to fight against God with swords. We fight against God with different kinds of weapons, such as deceit, laziness, boredom, apathy, problems with authority, and pride. We fight against him when we give in to our weaknesses and allow our body to take precedence over our spirit.

Maybe this is the whole idea behind the "quit playing the game" phrase that was mentioned in another blog. "I'm ready to quit playing the game" means "I'm ready to lay down ALL the weapons of my rebellion". "I'm ready to do anything he asks me to". "I'm ready to quit fighting against God".


"My husband recently came home from his support group meeting and told me that one of the other men in his group was telling them that he hadn't looked at pornography for one year. He followed it up by saying --Do you know why I haven't? --because I CHOSE not to. That sounded so simple. but it impressed my husband. It really is a matter of choice. Agency is what it is all about. No matter how bad I want my husband to be free from his pornography addiction, I can't make him be good. At first I really wanted to, but I am realizing the freedom for both me and him as he chooses to do the right things. I am reminded of a CTR neclace that I gave to my daughter for Christmas one year. The CTR symbol was hidden in the wings of a butterfly. I love the symbolism, because of the freedom a butter fly represents. As we make right choices in our lives, we experience freedom, not bondage. There is so much peace to be found when we lay down our "weapons" that we are using to keep us from fighting against God, so that we can join His team and become one with Him. My husband is adopting a new phrase in his life it is "Choose To Not." (-- not look at or entertain things that lead him to pornography) I am proud of him for the progress he has made. This is a long term battle to be fought, but I am thankful for the little upward progress that he is making."
posted at 23:19:09 on November 7, 2006 by achar
"I've never really thought about that scripture like that either Derek. I guess you never really think that your habits and choices can be considered as weapons. Especially against God. It's kinda sad to think about how our choices have hurt and offended our dear lord and savior. Our older brother, we should have a closer relationship with Him, than with anyone else in this world. And yet, how many times have we all, not just those of us in these groups, done things that basically equate to a slap in the face to our brother who loves us more than we will ever know. The really amazing part is, He has already suffered through our pain and suffering and depression and anger, so that, with what really equals out to be a little bit of work on our part, we can return to Him and be forgiven."
posted at 10:27:54 on November 8, 2006 by bean bag

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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