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Steps to Christ #5 In your personal opinion, why

do you think the warfare
Greet/Ice Breaker against self is the greatest
battle that a man can ever
What is the first thing you thought fought?
about this morning when you woke
up? _______________________________

Reveal The government of God is not, as

Read the following paragraphs coming Satan would make it appear, founded
upon a blind submission, an
from the book of Steps to Christ and
unreasoning control. It appeals to the
discover the beauty of consecration in
intellect and the conscience. "Come
the light of cross. now, and let us reason together" is the
By nature, we are separated from Creator's invitation to the beings He
God. Read the ff. vv.: has made. Isaiah 1:18. God does not
force the will of His creatures. He
Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead cannot accept an homage that is not
in your transgressions and sins.
willingly and intelligently given. A
Isaiah 1: 5, 6 Why should you be mere forced submission would
beaten anymore? Why do you persist in prevent all real development of mind
rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your or character; it would make man a
whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your mere automaton. Such is not the
foot to the top of your head there is no purpose of the Creator. He desires
that man, the crowning work of His
only wounds and welts and open sores, not
creative power, shall reach the highest
cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive
possible development. He sets before
us the height of blessing to which He
The warfare against self is the desires to bring us through His grace.
greatest battle that was ever fought. He invites us to give ourselves to Him,
The yielding of self, surrendering all to that He may work His will in us. It
the will of God, requires a struggle; remains for us to choose whether we
but the soul must submit to God will be set free from the bondage of
before it can be renewed in holiness. sin, to share the glorious liberty of the
sons of God.
1. What is the greatest battle to be
2.1. Why does God not force our nothing. When Christ dwells in the
submission? How do you heart, the soul will be so filled with His
understand the exercise of the love, with the joy of communion with
power of choice, or the will? Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in
the contemplation of Him, self will be
In giving ourselves to God, we must
forgotten. Love to Christ will be the
necessarily give up all that would
separate us from Him. Hence the spring of action. Those who feel the
Saviour says, "Whosoever he be of you constraining love of God, do not ask
that forsaketh not all that he hath, he how little may be given to meet the
cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:33. requirements of God; they do not ask
Whatever shall draw away the heart for the lowest standard, but aim at
from God must be given up. Mammon perfect conformity to the will of their
is the idol of many. The love of money, Redeemer. With earnest desire they
the desire for wealth, is the golden yield all and manifest an interest
chain that binds them to Satan. proportionate to the value of the
Reputation and worldly honor are object which they seek. A profession
worshiped by another class. The life of
of Christ without this deep love is
selfish ease and freedom from
mere talk, dry formality, and heavy
responsibility is the idol of others. But
these slavish bands must be broken. drudgery.
3. What kind of religion is suggested
2.2. Optional: List some idols of as worth nothing? Rather than
yours that might keep you from asking how little we must give to
God. God, what should be our aim? Do
you focus on what you cant give
rather than what you can give?
There are those who profess to serve _______________________________
God, while they rely upon their own
Many are inquiring, "How am I to
efforts to obey His law, to form a right
make the surrender of myself to
character, and secure salvation. Their
God?" You desire to give yourself to
hearts are not moved by any deep
Him, but you are weak in moral
sense of the love of Christ, but they
power, in slavery to doubt, and
seek to perform the duties of the
controlled by the habits of your life of
Christian life as that which God
sin. Your promises and resolutions are
requires of them in order to gain
like ropes of sand. You cannot control
heaven. Such religion is worth
your thoughts, your impulses, your holiness are right as far as they go; but
affections. The knowledge of your if you stop here, they will avail
broken promises and forfeited nothing. Many will be lost while
pledges weakens your confidence in hoping and desiring to be Christians.
your own sincerity, and causes you to They do not come to the point of
feel that God cannot accept you; but yielding the will to God. They do not
now choose to be Christians. Through
you need not despair. What you need
the right exercise of the will, an entire
to understand is the true force of the
change may be made in your life. By
will. This is the governing power in yielding up your will to Christ, you ally
the nature of man, the power of yourself with the power that is above
decision, or of choice. Everything all principalities and powers. You will
depends on the right action of the have strength from above to hold you
will. The power of choice God has steadfast, and thus through constant
given to men; it is theirs to exercise. surrender to God you will be enabled
You cannot change your heart, you to live the new life, even the life of
cannot of yourself give to God its faith.
affections; but you can choose to
serve Him. You can give Him your will;
He will then work in you to will and to
do according to His good pleasure.
Thus your whole nature will be
brought under the control of the Spirit
of Christ; your affections will be
centered upon Him, your thoughts will
be in harmony with Him.

4. We cannot be half the Lord's and

half the world's. We are not God's
children unless we are such
entirely. Do you entirely agree
with the statement? Have you
given yourself entirely to the Lord?
If not, do you want to do it now?

Conclusion: Desires for goodness and