FEW BOOKS ATTAIN A DISTRIBUTION RECKONED IN MILLIONS OR EXERT SO GREAT AN INFLUENCE IN THE UPLIFTING OF HUMANITY AS HAS STEPS TO CHRIST.
The yielding of self, surrendering all to the will of God, requires a struggle; but the soul must submit to God before it can be renewed in holiness. All who choose to breathe this life-giving atmosphere will live and grow up to the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. He was not only self-assertive and ambitious for honor, but impetuous, and resentful under injuries. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts.
The soul thus touched will hate its selfishness, abhor its self-love, and will seek, through Christ's righteousness, for the purity of heart that is in harmony with the law of God and the character of Christ.
The drunkard is despised and is told that his sin will exclude him from heaven; while pride, selfishness, and covetousness too often go unrebuked. The Pharisee's boastful, self-righteous prayer showed that his heart was closed against the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is the privilege of all who comply with the conditions to know for themselves that pardon is freely extended for every sin.
He desires to take every glimmer of hope and every ray of light from the soul; but you must not permit him to do this. While the sinner is yet far from the Father's house, wasting his substance in a strange country, the Father's heart is yearning over him; and every longing awakened in the soul to return to God is but the tender pleading of His Spirit, wooing, entreating, drawing the wanderer to his Father's heart of love. IT LEADS THE SEEKER AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHOLENESS OF CHARACTER, STEP BY STEP, ALONG THE WAY OF CHRISTIAN LIVING, TO THAT EXPERIENCE WHERE HE CAN KNOW THE FULLNESS OF BLESSING WHICH IS FOUND IN THE COMPLETE SURRENDER OF SELF.


But through disobedience, his powers were perverted, and selfishness took the place of love.
When he saw the spiritual nature of the law, sin appeared in its true hideousness, and his self-esteem was gone. 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.
Every moment of our lives we have been partakers of the blessings of His grace, and for this very reason we cannot fully realize the depths of ignorance and misery from which we have been saved.
No real joy can be found in the path forbidden by Him who knows what is best and who plans for the good of His creatures. It is by communion with Him, daily, hourly,--by abiding in Him, --that we are to grow in grace.
By faith you became Christ's, and by faith you are to grow up in Him--by giving and taking.
So you are not to look to yourself, not to let the mind dwell upon self, but look to Christ.
Day by day his heart was drawn out toward Christ, until he lost sight of self in love for his Master.
Love, mercy, and compassion were revealed in every act of His life; His heart went out in tender sympathy to the children of men. Strength and grace have been provided through Christ to be brought by ministering angels to every believing soul.
The plants and flowers grow not by their own care or anxiety or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life.


You are to give all,--your heart, your will, your service,--give yourself to Him to obey all His requirements; and you must take all,--Christ, the fullness of all blessing, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper,--to give you power to obey.
We should not make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we shall be saved.
The spirit of self-justification originated in the father of lies and has been exhibited by all the sons and daughters of Adam. You are just as dependent upon Christ, in order to live a holy life, as is the branch upon the parent stock for growth and fruitfulness. Christ in His self-denial, Christ in His humiliation, Christ in His purity and holiness, Christ in His matchless love --this is the subject for the soul's contemplation.
He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way. The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life --air, sunshine, and food. 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. While He ever bore Himself with divine dignity, He bowed with the tenderest regard to every member of the family of God.
It is when we most fully comprehend the love of God that we best realize the sinfulness of sin.




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