Seven Steps

February 22, 2010 at 1:25 am (Attitudes, Food for Thought, Purity) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Chew on this…

Seven Awful Steps Downward

Step one: Adopting a careless attitude toward sin.

Step two: Giving in to sin.

Step three: Habitually giving in to sin.

Step four: Surrendering to sin.

Step five: Abandoning God for a life of sin.

Step six: Becoming a tool of Satan to temp others to sin.

Step seven: Hell.  And you do not have to die in order to get there.  Hell is character as well as location.  The person who hates everything that God loves is in hell now, and hell is in him or her.

Seven Glorious Steps Upward

Step one: Developing a resistant attitude toward sin—determining that sin will not gain control over you.

Step two: Overcoming sin by faith in Christ.  Successfully fleeing from temptation—saying no to the desire or opportunity to sin.

Step three: A lifestyle of victory over sin.  Habitually saying no to the desire or opportunity to sin.  The strength that comes from one victory helps in overcoming the next temptation.

Step four: Discovering the “abiding life,” the “victorious life,” the “exchanged life.”  It has been termed many things by many different Christians through the ages, but in short, it is a life of intimate acquaintance with the grace of Christ and the empowerment that comes when His Spirit gains full access to your life.

Step five: Entrance into even deeper fellowship with Christ.  It started with your trusting God—now God entrusts His kingdom treasures to you.  You are set apart for His enjoyment and for His service.

Step six: Becoming one whom God calls on to do great and mighty things for His kingdom.  A set-apart existence that values Christ over life itself and is willing even to suffer and die to carry out the King’s bidding.

Step seven: Heaven.  And you do not have to die in order to get there.  Heaven is character as well as location.  The person who devotedly loves everything that God loves is in heaven now, and heaven is in him or her.

Paraphrased from John Stam, missionary/martyr to China, 1907-1934

…and tell us what you think.

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1 Comment

  1. Judy said,

    I am finding your posts very enlightening and of great value in my walk with the Lord. It is refreshing to see such young christian women desiring to walk in purity and love for our Saviour.

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