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Chapter 2

When man was made he was perfect and powerful, but through sin he became imperfect and powerless. Through that simple act of disobedience he lost his power and sin was and is able to exist in his life, and nothing can overtake sin but God. The sinner needs God. When sin entered we were eternally cut off from God, but Jesus came and bridged the gap so we are connected once again to the Father.

 

We need Christ in our lives and most importantly, in our hearts. Before sin, man was happy and joyful in the sight and presence of God, but with sin, that was all wiped away. Sin is so contradictory to the Father, that a sinner would not find joy, peace, and happiness in heaven. It would be torturous and he would continually want to hide from the face and light of the Sinless One.

 

We can’t go to the Father, except by the Son. We can’t change our hearts, only Christ is able. We can’t save ourselves, Christ died for us all. We need Christ and Christ alone to be redeemed and saved. Through His grace and mercy we can be saved.  “The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift. The Savior’s life and death and intercession, the ministry of angels, the pleading of the Spirit, the Father working above and through all, the unceasing interest of heavenly beings,–all are enlisted in behalf of man’s redemption.” {SC 21.2}

Give your life completely to Christ.

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CHAPTER 1

 

God’s Love for Man

 

The love of God is evident all around us, just look at nature, it speaks of His love. When God made the Earth it was without decay and blemishes, but as a result of sin, which counteracts with love, suffering and death appeared. Even as the ground was cursed, God used it in His plan to lift Him up and draw us closer to Him. The toil of the Earth was meant to prepare sinners for the uplifting of God.

 

God has shown His abounding love throughout nature and in heaven, but the enemy has sought to mistake good for evil. He wants us not to see the love of God, but to fear him. And instead of bickering with the enemy, God showed His love again by sending His Son to save those who are lost. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. Jesus showed love, mercy, kindness, and compassion while on earth.

 

It was to save us from certain death, that Jesus lived, suffered and died. God loves us not because of Christ, but He sent Christ because He loves us so dearly. Christ is the medium through which we go to God. No one else can intercede for us, only Christ. “He took man’s nature, that He might reach man’s wants.”

 

When we see what Jesus has done for us, we should realize how special we are and how much the Father loves us and is willing to sacrifice. “By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity.”

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Chapter 6:       Faith and Acceptance

 

     As your conscience is quickened by the Holy Spirit, you see something of the evil of sin, of its power, its guilt, its woe; and you look upon it with abhorrence. You feel that sin has separated you from God, that you are in bondage to the power of evil. The more you struggle to escape, the more you realize your helplessness. Your motives are impure; your heart is unclean. You see that your life has been filled with selfishness and sin. You long to be forgiven, to be cleansed, to be set free. Harmony with God, likeness to Him–what can you do to obtain it? {SC 49.1}

     You have confessed your sins, and in heart put them away. You have resolved to give yourself to God. Now go to Him, and ask that He will wash away your sins and give you a new heart. Then believe that He does this because He has promised. This is the lesson which Jesus taught while He was on earth, that the gift which God promises us, we must believe we do receive, and it is ours.

     You are a sinner. You cannot atone for your past sins; you cannot change your heart and make yourself holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You believe that promise. You confess your sins and give yourself to God. You will to serve Him. Just as surely as you do this, God will fulfill His word to you. If you believe the promise,–believe that you are forgiven and cleansed,–God supplies the fact; you are made whole, just as Christ gave the paralytic power to walk when the man believed that he was healed. It is so if you believe it. {SC 51.1}

     Do not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, “I believe it; it is so, not because I feel it, but because God has promised.” {SC 51.2}

     Jesus says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. {SC 51.3}

     Henceforth you are not your own; you are bought with a price. “Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold;… but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18, 19. Through this simple act of believing God, the Holy Spirit has begotten a new life in your heart. You are as a child born into the family of God, and He loves you as He loves His Son. {SC 51.4}

     Now that you have given yourself to Jesus, do not draw back, do not take yourself away from Him, but day by day say, “I am Christ’s; I have given myself to Him;” and ask Him to give you His Spirit and keep you by His grace. As it is by giving yourself to God, and believing Him, that you become His child, so you are to live in Him. The apostle says, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” Colossians 2:6. {SC 52.1}

     The Spirit invites you today. Come with your whole heart to Jesus, and you may claim His blessing. {SC 54.3}

 

 

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Consecration

Chapter 5 – – Consecration

We must wholly submit ourselves to Christ by giving Him your will. When submitting one’s self fully unto Christ, then can one be renewed in holiness. Your will is yours to exercise. It is your choice and with this choice, one must decide to follow Jesus. We alone cannot stop our impulses and thoughts, but by asking Jesus to come into our lives and take control, we are put in the position to overcome sin and draw closer to the Savior.

God wants us to come freely to Him. He desires for us to seek Him out of love. After seeking and finding Him and giving ourselves to Him, then can He work His will in us. Anything that separates us from the Lord must be pushed aside. We cannot be half the Lord’s and half the world’s.

There are those who profess to serve God, while they rely upon their own efforts to obey His law, to form a right character, and secure salvation. Their hearts are not moved by any deep sense of the love of Christ, but they seek to perform the duties of the Christian life as that which God requires of them in order to gain heaven. Such religion is worth nothing. When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. {SC 44.2}

God only wants what is best for each of us.

In order to make the surrender to God, you must choose to serve God. 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. {SC 47.1}

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Confession

Chapter 4

     “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13. {SC 37.1}

God doesn’t require that we do anything complex to gain mercy, only that we confess. When one does wrong, they are to acknowledge their sin and ask for forgiveness. “Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt, have not yet
fulfilled the first condition of acceptance. If we have not experienced that repentance which is not to be repented of, and have not with true humiliation of soul and brokenness of spirit confessed our sins, abhorring our iniquity, we have never truly sought for the forgiveness of sin; and if we have never sought, we have never found the peace of God. The only reason why we do not have remission of sins that are past is that we are not willing to humble our hearts and comply with the conditions of the word of truth.” {SC 37.4}

     True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be as publicly confessed. But all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty. {SC 38.1}

     Confession will not be acceptable to God without sincere repentance and reformation. There must be decided changes in the life; everything offensive to God must be put away. This will be the result of genuine sorrow for sin. {SC 39.1}

     When sin has deadened the moral perceptions, the wrongdoer does not discern the defects of his character nor realize the enormity of the evil he has committed; and unless he yields to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he remains in partial blindness to his sin. His confessions are not sincere and in earnest. To every acknowledgment of his guilt he adds an apology in excuse of his course, declaring that if it had not been for certain circumstances he would not have done this or that for which he is reproved. {SC 40.1}

     The humble and broken heart, subdued by genuine repentance, will appreciate something of the love of God and the cost of Calvary; and as a son confesses to a loving father, so will the truly penitent bring all his sins before God. And it is written, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. {SC 41.2}

 

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I started reading Steps to Christ a while back so I decided instead of the usual Sabbath scripture, I would write summaries of the chapters on Sabbath. It’s my way of spending time with the Lord and sharing the gospel. Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 1

God’s love is shown throughout nature from the sun to the rain, to the birds and the trees.  God loves us but sin tarnished man.  God put thorns and thistles in our lives so that we would know the trials and work for our salvation.  God also sent His son to save us.  He came in human form to be the medium for Christ and by doing this, He raised humanity.  God sent His son because the enemy blinded people and made them think that God was only stern and ruled with jealousy.

 

God showed His love through creation. The pain endured as a result of sin is meant to prepare us for heaven. God’s love is shown throughout nature, but the enemy tries to deceive us into thinking that God is severe and we are to serve Him out of fear. To combat this, God sent His Son to die for our sins. Love, mercy, and compassion were revealed in every act of His life. He took man’s nature, that He might reach man’s wants. His life was one of self-denial and thoughtful care for others. Every soul was precious in His eyes. In all men He saw fallen souls whom it was His mission to save. {SC 12.1}

     It was to redeem us that Jesus lived and suffered and died. He became “a Man of Sorrows,” that we might be made partakers of everlasting joy. God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5. Behold Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, upon the cross! The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes between God and man. This wrung from His lips the anguished cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46. It was the burden of sin, the sense of its terrible enormity, of its separation of the soul from God–it was this that broke the heart of the Son of God. {SC 13.1}

     But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father’s heart a love for man, not to make Him willing to save. No, no! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. The Father loves us, not because of the great propitiation, but He provided the propitiation because He loves us. Christ was the medium through which He could pour out His infinite love upon a fallen world. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption. {SC 13.2}

By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity.

 

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