Steps to Christ, Pt. 5: Faith and Acceptance

What do you believe in?  What do you put your faith, hope, trust, and love in?  The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  That being said, what do you hope for?  I’m not talking about a new car or a bigger house, I mean what are your greatest and deepest hopes?  If you believe in God, contemplate what evidence you have of Him working in your life?

As your conscience has been quickened by the Holy Spirit, you have seen 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?

“It is peace that you need,–Heaven’s forgiveness and peace and love in the soul.  Money cannot buy it, intellect cannot procure it, wisdom cannot attain to it; you can never hope, by your own effort, to secure it.  But God offers it to you as a gift, ‘without money and without price.’ It is yours, if you will but reach out your hand and grasp it.  The Lord says, ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ ‘A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.’ “ (Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 1:18; Ezekiel 36:26)

What I love about her statements here is that the peace that passes all understanding that God want’s to give to you is not something that you can earn or buy, but it is a gift.  Just like salvation, all we have to do is simply believe it by faith.

In talking about the paralytic who laid by the pool of Bethesda she states, “he believed Christ’s word, believed that he was made whole, and he made the effort at once; he willed to walk, and he did walk.  He acted on the word of Christ, and God gave the power.  He was made whole.” In another book Ellen states that “many of us are waiting for God to do for us, that which He has already given us the power to do for ourselves” (source unknown).  What would our lives like like if we were to put our trust in the promises of God.

What I love time and time again throughout this book, is Ellen’s emphasis that in and of ourself we cannot earn salvation or make ourselves better and that when we try to do it is in vain and meaningless.  She states on page 51 of the Youth Edition of Steps to Christ that, “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.”

So the simple question for you to follow the Steps to Christ is will you believe His promises?  Maybe your response today is, “I believe, but help my unbelief.” If that is your prayer, consider yourself on the path to eternal life walking each step with Jesus!

Matthew

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