Step 6

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

“So give yourselves humbly to God… then, when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you.” James 4:7-10

Giving up some of our pet character defects can be hard when we have hung onto them for so long.  Now that we have taken a written inventory and had our souls cleansed by confession to God and another trusted person, we begin to sense a new freedom and growth we never dreamed possible.  We begin to believe that it is worth the risk to take this next step of preparation to allow God to rid us of those things which have held us back from being all He intended us to be.  We can’t accomplish this on our own–it takes God’s power to effectively “clean house” even to the most remote corners of our soul.  Removal of all our defects may seem like major surgery!

A.    Humility acknowledges defects:

  • Heb. 12:1-2                      James 4:7-10

B.    Be ready for pruning of self-will:

  • 2 Tim. 2:20-22                  Jer. 10:23-24
  • Acts 3:19                         Jas. 1:21

C.    Preparation precedes blessing:

  • Mark 4:1-25                     Luke 8:5-18
  • 2 Kings 4:1-7                   Hos. 10:12
  • Joel 2:12-13

D.    Principle of cleansing:

  • Psa. 103:10-12                 2 Cor. 5:15-17
  • Isa. 1:18                          Rom. 6:1-14
  • Micah 7:18-20                  1 John 1:9
  • Psa. 51:9-12

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