8 Steps

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As you learn what you must do, you are entering upon the fourth step, self-control. As you drink of the blood of Jesus, you enter into His self-control. You practice what you are learning. But this is not to be an on-again-off-again thing. It is not a momentary self-control. This self-control must be maintained. It is not "once saved always saved" but a continuous eating and drinking from God's Word.

The fifth step is maintaining that self-control moment-by-moment, hour by hour, day after day, year after year. That is called perseverance. Through perseverance we no longer are sinning. When temptations arise, we use the self-control God has given us through His power to persevere in righteousness and say "no" to temptations. That is how we "follow" the example of Jesus.

This perseverance produces the sixth step of godliness. You are now living the sweet smelling, aromatic life of God. This is His perfection. Through godliness, or God-likeness, you are now fulfilling the two parts of the Ten Commandments. The first part of the Ten Commandments that you will begin to fulfill is step seven, brotherly kindness. This is "Love your neighbor as yourself". This brotherly kindness is what happens when you are fulfilling the last six of the Ten Commandments.

From here we demonstrate the eighth step. This step is the highest, or Agape, love. You are now fulfilling the first four of the Ten Commandments, love to God.

This diagram is the essence of the whole Bible. Everything in the Bible is simply a more detailed concept of this simple eight step process of getting to heaven. It has nothing to do with church, religion or denomination. It has everything to do with your personal relationship and work with God and His eight steps to His perfection.

"To those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ--their Lord and ours." 1 Corinthians 1:2.

"But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11.

"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.