That Same Spirit – Alma 34:33-35

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

Sometimes people say or think something like, “Why can’t I sin now and repent later?” That’s like congressional budgets that allow deficits today paid for by projected surpluses in the future. When the future day comes, the temptation to run a deficit is too strong, and the planned surplus never materializes.
As Amulek points out in this verse, the time to repent is now. You can’t rely on a future self to choose more wisely than you are willing to choose today. If you choose to sin now, why do you expect your future self to be wiser or more self-disciplined? Every decision you make influences who you become. Therefore, a deliberate decision to do wrong makes it less likely, not more, that you will choose to repent in the future.
The person you have become at the end of your life is the same person who will be resurrected and judged. If you want God’s help in preparing for that day, the time to turn to Him is now, not later. Don’t waste another day, and don’t deliberately make choices which will lead you further away from what you want to be at that time.
Today, I will ponder what I need to repent of, and I take action immediately. I will seek to “improve [my] time while in this life,” and I won’t “procrastinate the day of [my] repentance.”
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