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"When we understand where the stimulus comes from, we simply say, "Lord, I cannot keep from doing this thing, but I choose not to do it. Now You keep me from doing it. Deliver me from this temptation. God will actually do that, and He will instantly deliver you from that temptation, because He knows your weaknesses." Frank Phillips

These are my own notes and are not a word-for-word transcript of the message. However, by listening multiple times to the sermon and filling in what was missed previously, I have attempted to get as close as I can to what was shared. Quotations have, in many cases, been expanded to the sentences around what the speaker quoted to enable the reader to gain the full impact of what was shared in the sermon. Where the speaker referred to quotations without giving a reference, I have attempted to find the quotation that most closely reflects what was being shared. - © Cheryl Hosford


Romans 8:7, 8
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.


The important thing for us to understand is not the theory of
Righteousness by Faith,
but rather the practical aspects of
how we enter into this experience.

The important thing for us to understand is not the theory of Righteousness by Faith, but rather the practical aspects of how we enter into this experience. It doesn't matter if you know the truth if you don't know how to actually enter in, it isn't going to do any good. The thing that we are trying to emphasize here is the practicality of this message as it is applied in the human life.

Both the handouts for the last session and this one will apply to what is being presented in this sermon.

Philippians 2:8-13 -

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

It may surprise you, but I would like to state it just the same. The cross of calvary was not a necessary part of the plan of salvation. It was absolutely necessary that Jesus die, but to die on the cross, was not God's plan. God accepted that plan because He knew Jesus would die that way. But it would be unthinkable that the Father in heaven would plan His Son would have to die on the cross. The wages of sin was death (Romans 6:23). The penalty had to be paid. It was also unthinkable that the very ones who He came to save would be the ones who would crucify Him. God didn't lay that plan. It would also be impossible to think of that God would lay a plan that one of the twelve disciples would be the one who would betray Him. God didn't lay that plan, but He knew it would work that way. He permitted it to work that way, because it would show the dastardly, heinous way of sin itself.


The cross of Christ reveals two things:

  • Unspeakable, unmatched love,
  • The hatefulness of sin.
The cross of Christ reveals two things. It reveals unspeakable love - unmatched love. But it also reveals the hatefulness of sin. When we begin to look at it this way, we begin to see why Jesus died on a cross which was not intended for Him, but was intended for Barabbas. This was not a plan; it was brought in at the last moment. Satan had one objective, and that was to destroy Christ's life. That is why he tried to destroy Christ as a baby. All through Christ's life he had tried to destroy Him. He didn't care if he died one way or another, but his last effort was to nail him on that cross - even a cross which was intended for Barabbas and he nailed him there. Thank God that didn't cause His death. That did not cause His death. Jesus said, "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." John 10: 18

God gave Jesus the ability to lay His life down. No human being outside of Jesus has ever had that ability. Was that an advantage or disadvantage in Christ's life? I'll tell you when I began to realize that the Father had given Him the ability that many a human being would love to have, to lay down your life and die when things got going tough - and no one has seen it as tough as Christ - what an advantage it would have been to Jesus to have just layed down His life and died - and met the criteria necessary for the meeting of the requirement of the law. All the law said was that the penalty had to be met with death. But Jesus humbled Himself unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8). Why? Because we are sin-hardened. That's why. An ordinary death would never have impressed the human family. In Gethsemane, we are told, that humanity failed. Desire of Ages tells us that Jesus fell to the earth dying. (He will become the propitiation of a race that has willed to sin. His prayer now breathes only submission: "If this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done." Having made the decision, He fell dying to the ground from which He had partially risen. - Desire of Ages, p. 693)

There is no question but that He would have died, except that an angel was dispatched to give Him strength to go on and die the death that would impress the human family. I am fully pursuaded in my mind that had Jesus died there in Gethsemane, the angelic host and the inhabitants on other worlds would have been perfectly satisfied as to the heinousness of sin. The price would have been paid there. But no. The human family would be unimpressed by that death. Death has been so common to us that we hardly flinch at it.

In the garden where Adam and Eve first had their home, we are told that when they saw the first falling leaf, they grieved over those fallen leaves as we grieve the death of our children. Why? Because that was the first sign of death that had come to the human family. It made deep impressions. But are we impressed that way today?


Death has been so common to us that we hardly flinch at it. Death was intended by God to remind us of sin.

We are so completely hardened that death has become the greatest sport that the world has ever known.

Death was intended by God to remind us of sin. Does it? When you see a funeral train going down the road and you have to stop, does it remind you of sin? No. Our thoughts are "I hope it isn't too long. I am in a hurry." We are so completely hardened that death has become the greatest sport that the world has ever known. Satan has turned the whole thing around and has made us so hardened that we do not even realize what God intended us to realize.

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:8. He became obedient unto death, -- but that wasn't all.-- even the death of the cross."

If you had lived in Palestine at the time that these words were penned and you had seen a person carrying a cross, you would know that they were a criminal and they were going to die. The cross was a symbol of death and that is all it meant. Today it is entirely different. Today it is of a most glorious nature - the love of God displayed, that we hardly think that it is also a symbol of the most heinous nature of man - sin itself. We scarcely think of that, because it is a symbol of death.

Philippians 2:9 - "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." Because Jesus was willing to go the second mile - no the hundredth mile and die on Calvary's cross, "God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"

Thank God that there is a coronation day coming, when Christ will be lifted up high above that city, the New Jerusalem, and every solitary person who has ever been created or born in this world will bow - even Satan and his host of angels, the heavenly angels, the inhabitants on other worlds will bow and acknowledge Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What a glorious climax. That will be the end of this glorious, marvelous and wonderful plan of salvation. That is God's ultimate goal.

Philippians 2:11 - "And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." That is what is going to happen.

Now, verse 12 is one of the verses that always comes up - I probably shouldn't even bring it up, but Paul says here, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." It doesn't sound much like Righteousness by Faith. It is always thrown at us, so I would just like to spend a moment or two on it, because when it is correctly understood, I believe it is the correct understanding of this Scripture, it teaches us Righteousness by Faith in almost a stronger way than almost any other verse. For in reality, this word "work" is a rather unique word and it is not used very often in the New Testament. When it is properly understood, it has a different connotation. I believe that Ellen White understood the meaning of the text.

I refer to Christ's Object Lessons, p. 160, 161.

None of the apostles or prophets ever claimed to be without sin. Men who have lived nearest to God, men who would sacrifice life itself rather than knowingly commit a wrong act, men whom God had honored with divine light and power, have confessed the sinfulness of their own nature. They have put no confidence in the flesh, have claimed no righteousness of their own, but have trusted wholly in the righteousness of Christ. So will it be with all who behold Christ.

At every advance step in Christian experience our repentance will deepen. It is to those whom the Lord has forgiven, to those whom He acknowledges as His people, that He says, "Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight." Eze. 36:31. Again He says, "I will establish My covenant with thee, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; that thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God." Eze. 16:62, 63. Then our lips will not be opened in self-glorification. We shall know that our sufficiency is in Christ alone. We shall make the apostle's confession our own. "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing." Rom. 7:18. "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Gal. 6:14. {COL 160.3}

In harmony with this experience is the command, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Phil. 2:12, 13. God does not bid you fear that He will fail to fulfill His promises, that His patience will weary, or His compassion be found wanting. Fear lest your will shall not be held in subjection to Christ's will, lest your hereditary and cultivated traits of character shall control your life. "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Fear lest self shall interpose between your soul and the great Master Worker. Fear lest self-will shall mar the high purpose that through you God desires to accomplish. Fear to trust to your own strength, fear to withdraw your hand from the hand of Christ and attempt to walk life's pathway without His abiding presence.


Crucifixion of self is the only work that you and I are given to do - to be willing, to surrender, to submit.

This verse is in harmony with the work - the work of crucifixion of self. That is the work - there is no other work. That is the work that God is depending on you to do - to be willing, to surrender, to submit. That is the only work that He has ever given to anyone. In every place that you find Ellen White uses that Scripture, and she uses it in four or five different places, you will find the same connotation, the same typical reference - and that is surrendering to the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what God expects us to do.

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Philippians 2:13 In order for verse twelve to harmonize with verse 13, there is no other way that I can see that that verse of Scripture can be understood.

In this sermon, we will be talking about the will. What place does the will have in this whole picture? That is why we must use verse 13. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."

Selections from Messages to Young People, p. 151 - 154
(To read the entire section entitled, "Exercise of the Will", select here.)

Pure religion has to do with the will. The will is the governing power in the nature of men, bringing all the other faculties under its sway. The will is not the taste or the inclination, but it is the deciding power, which works in the children of men unto obedience to God, or unto disobedience.


When we equate the "power of the will" with "will power," it loses its power, and becomes a hopeless condition for us.

Will power: Determination, strength, trying harder.

Power of the will: The deciding factor in the nature of man. Taking our will from the hands of Satan and surrendering it to Christ.

When we think of the "will" we automatically think of "will power. This is the natural thing. When we think of will power, we think of determination, grit, and would you maybe include stubbornness? When I say, "My son has a really strong will," what am I talking about? I am saying in a polite way that he is stubborn. Satan has simply done again what we are talking about tonight. He takes the simple truths of God's Word and twisted them just a little bit. Like when he took "Deny Self" and twisted it to be "Self Denial." When we believe "self-denial" to be the same as "denying self," it has lost its power. He has done the same thing here. When we equate the "power of the will" with "will power," it loses its power. It turns into determination. That is a hopeless, helpless condition to be in. Satan knows it. It is difficult for us to make the transition from thinking that "will power" is not in reality the power of the will. Ellen White speaks of it in both ways. But she always speaks of it in regard to the power of the will, unless she is talking about strength and determination. But it has nothing to do with what we are talking about here.

The power of the will is used for either good or evil. It is the deciding factor in the nature of man.

You will be in constant peril until you understand the true force of the will. You may believe and promise all things, but your promises or your faith are of no value until you put your will on the side of faith and action.

Peril means danger.

But you need not despair. You must be determined to believe, although nothing seems true and real to you.


When everything seemed unreal and impossible to Jesus, He rested on the evidence that had been given before, and in submission, He surrendered Himself to God.

That is exactly what He expects you and me to do. When everything seems unreal to us, we are to believe, trust, and surrender.

There is determination here. Determination to believe. How much? Although nothing seems true and real to you. That is exactly the point where Jesus came to. His disciples had forsaken Him. They were crucifying Him on the cross. He was being forsaken by God Himself. God was withdrawing His presence from Him. It was at that moment that He recalled and rested on the evidence that had been given before, and in submission, He surrendered Himself to God. When everything seemed impossible. That is exactly what He expects you and me to do. That is why she says, when everything seems unreal to us, we are to believe. Not when everything seems understandable to us. When it is unreal, we are to believe. We cannot control our emotions and impulses as we desire, but you can control your will that is sovereign in the individual. It always has been and it always will be. Even though Satan may have control of you, he cannot keep you from exercising your will if you choose to do so.

You cannot control your impulses, your emotions, as you may desire, but you can control the will, and you can make an entire change in your life.

By steadfastly keeping the will on the Lord’s side, every emotion will be brought into captivity to the will of Jesus.


Every emotion will be brought into captivity to the will of Jesus if we completely surrender this will to Jesus Christ.

Every emotion. Do you have problems in that area? That is where we are hastled constantly. Every emotion will be brought into captivity to the will of Jesus if we completely surrender this will to Jesus Christ. We must remember that our will is the spring of all your actions. Everything that you do, everything that we do, is an action of the will. Even if we choose not to make a decision, it is an action of the will. You cannot escape it. No matter what you choose to do, you are exercising the will. Even when we decide not to make a decision, we are exercising the will to not make a choice.

But you must remember that your will is the spring of all your actions.This will, that forms so important a factor in the character of man, was at the fall given into the control of Satan; and he has ever since been working in man to will and to do of his own pleasure, but to the utter ruin and misery of man.


When Adam fell, he surrendered his will to the control of Satan.

When Adam fell, he surrendered his will to the control of Satan. That is exactly what Satan was counting on. He felt without any question that the human family was helplessly in his hands forever. But he did not know that God had a plan of salvation. You remember that Satan was excluded from the counsel in heaven. He knew nothing of this plan. He made an intelligent guess with the information that he had. But, praise God, it was wrong. Jesus came and spoke to Satan and Adam and Eve. He said to Adam and Eve, "You have transfered your loyalty to Satan." Satan said, "It's going to be there forever. It will never be broken." But Jesus said "I am going to put hatred between you and the church - those who trust in Me." Satan didn't know what it was, but he knew that something was coming. It troubled him.

Genesis 3:15 - "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."


God did not give the will back to man - He gave man the abililty to take his will out of Satan's hand and put it into Christ's hand.

Satan discovered that God was giving back to man his ability to use his will. God did not give the will back to man - He gave man the abililty to take his will out of Satan's hand and put it into Christ's hand.

"This will, that forms so important a factor in the character of man, was at the fall given into the control of Satan; and he has ever since been working in man to will and to do of his own pleasure, but to the utter ruin and misery of man." Ever since that, Satan has had his way in the human family in everyone except those who follow God's plan that was given to the human family outside the garden of Eden. Satan has tried to keep that plan hidden from the human family as well as he could. I like to think of it as Satan's best kept secret.

But the infinite sacrifice of God in giving Jesus, His beloved Son, to become a sacrifice for sin, enables Him to say, without violating one principle of His government, “Yield yourself up to Me; give Me that will; take it from the control of Satan, and I will take possession of it; then I can work in you to will and to do of My good pleasure.”

The sacrifice of Jesus enables Him to say this. Revelation 13:8 says that He was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." It was this sacrifice that was committed and became a fact four thousand years later. It was this that enabled Him to say, "Yield yourself up to Me; give Me that will; take it from the control of Satan, and I will take possession of it; then I can work in you to will and to do of My good pleasure.”


Many Christian people, have consistently tried to give their will to the Lord without taking it away from Satan. They are trying to surrender something that they do not have control of.

God did not give them the control of the will. He said, "I give you power to take it out of Satan's hands."

I have seen people delivered from every type of sin by taking their will out of Satan's hand and then following the prescribed course of claiming in reality God's deliverance.

I am going to ask you a question, because it seems so very logical and practical. Could it be that there are many individuals, thousands of Christian people, who have consistently tried to give their will to the Lord without taking it away from Satan. They are trying to give away something that they do not have control of. They are trying to surrender something that they do not have control of. God did not give them the control of the will. He said, "I give you power to take it out of Satan's hands."

Do you know that I have seen people delivered from every type of sin by taking their will out of Satan's hand and then following the prescribed course of claiming in reality God's deliverance. These individuals have tried unnumbered times to be free without success. I believe without question that Satan does not want this truth to be known, because in my own experience when I entered into this experience, it did things in me. I have said to congregations time and time again, "It is the simple truths of God's Word that Satan tries to make so complicated, and so mysterious that we are not ready to follow it."

God did not give you the power to exercise your will. Then how am I so fooled? For this reason. Satan likes to control man in such a manner that man thinks that he is in control. God's way and Satan's way are diabolically opposed to each other. God says, "Come now, and let us reason together" (Isaiah 1:18) and give to me your will - yield it to me. I will purify it and give it back to you, purified and cleansed, and so united with mine that it will yours and mine - totally one. When you do your will, it will be Mine, and when doing Mine, it will be yours." That is God's plan.

Satan is the one who instituted the plan of independence. Independence from all authority. "Don't let anyone tell you what to do. Do your own thing." We already talked to you about this. Satan on one hand turns around and tries to make you believe that when you are doing your own thing, you are doing what you want to do. In reality, we totally unaware that Satan is the one behind us calling the shots.

It is like he is putting you at the oars of a boat, and he is holding the rudder. You can work all you want to but you will end up exactly where he want you. When we think of this, we come right back to some very hard and difficult statements.

First, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 78


Satan takes control of any mind that is not decidedly under the control of God.

Jesus will never take control of your mind. You must give it to Him and keep it surrendered to Him.

Satan takes the control of every mind that is not decidedly under the control of the Spirit of God.

Satan takes control. Jesus will never take control of your mind. You must give it to Him. He takes control of any mind that is not decidedly under the control of God.

Temperance, p. 276

There are but two powers that control the minds of men-- the power of God and the power of Satan.


You cannot originate thought. Your mind only has the capacity to act upon stimuli that occurs from one of two sources - Christ or Satan.

Satan likes to make you believe that your mind has the capacity to generate thought. It is a little bit ego-deflating to find that this is not true. You cannot originate thought. Your mind only has the capacity to act upon stimuli that occurs from one of two sources - Christ or Satan. Satan uses every type of stimuli to stimulate your brain. Christ does the same thing. Satan tries to stimulate the brain without your knowing who he is. That is why Ellen White says to guard the senses, the avenues of the soul.

Those who would not fall a prey to Satan's devices, must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest. The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within, and the soul will wander in darkness. Acts of the Apostles, p 518

All should guard the senses, lest Satan gain victory over them; for these are the avenues to the soul. My Life Today, p. 86

The senses are the avenues that Satan uses to reach the brain. There is a constant warfare. The greatest battle ever fought in the universe is the battle behind Christ and Satan over who is going to control the human mind. Jesus says, "Let's talk about this. Let's reason together about it." Satan bypasses it and takes control because it was given into his control when Adam fell. Unless this is taken out of his hand, he still has control but he wants control in such a subtle way that we do not really know that he is controlling us.

2 Selected Messages, p. 252, 253


The enemy is a master worker, and if God's people are not constantly led by the Spirit of God, they will be snared and taken.

God has bidden me speak warning against this evil, that His servants may not come under the deceptive power of Satan. The enemy is a master worker, and if God's people are not constantly led by the Spirit of God, they will be snared and taken.

It is a deceptive power of satan. If they are not constantly under God's control they will be taken. Remember, "Satan takes the control of every mind that is not decidedly under the control of the Spirit of God." While you are sitting here, your mind is under the control of one power or the other.

For thousands of years Satan has been experimenting upon the properties of the human mind, and he has learned to know it well. By his subtle workings in these last days, he is linking the human mind with his own, imbuing it with his thoughts; and he is doing this work in so deceptive a manner that those who accept his guidance know not that they are being led by him at his will. The great deceiver hopes so to confuse the minds of men and women, that none but his voice will be heard.


Satan leads us to believe that it is our thoughts that we are thinking when in reality the thoughts are his own. That is why independence and self-ascertiveness are so necessary in Satan's plan. He cannot stand the picture of surrender.

This is the amazing truth. Ellen White in Patriarchs and Prophets said that when Satan did this in heaven above, the angels actually were thinking his thoughts when they thought they were thinking their own, when he was the one putting his thoughts into their minds. He does exactly the same with you and me. He leads us to believe that it is our thoughts that we are thinking when in reality the thoughts are his own. That is why independence is so necessary in Satan's plan. Self-ascertiveness. He cannot stand the picture of surrender. It simply doesn't fit into his category in any sense of the word. His whole program is to build the self image. He builds up an independent experience - independence from the God of heaven.

Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 52

Whenever men choose their own way, they place themselves in controversy with God. They will have no place in the kingdom of heaven, for they are at war with the very principles of heaven. In disregarding the will of God, they are placing themselves on the side of Satan, the enemy of God and man. Not by one word, not by many words, but by every word that God has spoken, shall man live. We cannot disregard one word, however trifling it may seem to us, and be safe. There is not a commandment of the law that is not for the good and happiness of man, both in this life and in the life to come. In obedience to God's law, man is surrounded as with a hedge and kept from the evil. He who breaks down this divinely erected barrier at one point has destroyed its power to protect him; for he has opened a way by which the enemy can enter to waste and ruin.

Disregarding is simply avoiding. Pushing it aside. When doing this, we are placing ourselves on the side of Satan, the enemy of God and man. When we take an honest look at it that way, it sends chills up and down our back. We have to go on in the counsel.

Adventist Home, p. 401

All should guard the senses, lest Satan gain victory over them; for these are the avenues of the soul.

You will have to become a faithful sentinel over your eyes, ears, and all your senses if you would control your mind and prevent vain and corrupt thoughts from staining your soul. The power of grace alone can accomplish this most desirable work.

The power of grace - that is the power of God's Character through justification. You simply cannot do it. It is impossible. But by accepting God's grace through justification and the process of sanctification, this becomes reality.

Satan and his angels are busy creating a paralyzed condition of the senses so that cautions, warnings, and reproofs shall not be heard; or, if heard, that they shall not take effect upon the heart and reform the life.

My brethren, God calls upon you as His followers to walk in the light. You need to be alarmed. Sin is among us, and it is not seen to be exceedingly sinful. The senses of many are benumbed by the indulgence of appetite and by familiarity with sin. We need to advance nearer heaven.

You say, "This sounds like works." No. It is not a matter of works at all. It is a recognition of two great opposing powers that are in opperation in the human family. We must recognize how they work, or we will be taken, and she tells us this in 2 Selected Messages, p. 252, 253 (See above.)

If we are to avoid this, we must then recognize that these two powers are defined. They are the power of God and the power of Satan.

Steps to Christ, p. 26

Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts.


Christ is the source of every right impulse.

Satan, without question, is the source of every wrong impulse.

This is one of his secrets. He likes to make you think that you originate a bad thought. He puts it in your mind and then blames you for having it.

If Christ is the source of every right impulse, and there are only two powers that are able to impress our minds, who is the source of every wrong. It doesn't leave us with very many alternatives. Satan, without question, is the source of every wrong impulse. This is one of his secrets. He likes to make you think that you originate a bad thought. He puts it in your mind and then blames you for having it. Isn't that true? He hides behind the whole thing and says, "You're to blame." Just like he gets you to fall into sin and then he blames you for falling into sin, because, he says, if you were really a Christian, you wouldn't have fallen into sin.

(The tape was turned over here. Some of the sermon was not recorded. From the context which follows, the part that was lost refers to our job of taking our will from Satan and giving it to Christ. In doing this, the power of Satan is broken.)

That doesn't mean that the devil can't tempt you, but it does mean that the temptation has lost its power. That is so vitally important to us. Somebody says, "if that is all it takes, that is an easy method. I'm going to get at it and do it right away." I hope you do. I want you to know that there is something a little more to it than it appears on the surface.

Mount of Blessing, p. 62

Our will is to be yielded to Him, that we may receive it again, purified and refined, and so linked in sympathy with the Divine that He can pour through us the tides of His love and power. However bitter and painful this surrender may appear to the willful, wayward heart, yet "it is profitable for thee."

However bitter and painful - is it really that bad to surrender that will?

Remember she says that the will is the source of all the springs of action. Isn't that the reason that we need to have our wills in the hands of One who can control it, who can keep it going correctly?

Mount of Blessing, p. 61

In order for us to reach this high ideal, that which causes the soul to stumble must be sacrificed. It is through the will that sin retains its hold upon us. The surrender of the will is represented as plucking out the eye or cutting off the hand. Often it seems to us that to surrender the will to God is to consent to go through life maimed or crippled. But it is better, says Christ, for self to be maimed, wounded, crippled, if thus you may enter into life. That which you look upon as disaster is the door to highest benefit.


The surrender of that will is represented as plucking out the eye or cutting off the hand.

"That which causes the soul to stumble must be sacrificed." That is the will. The will must be sacrificed. Is it any wonder then, that Satan wants to hang onto this will? If it is through the will that Satan has his hold upon us, he would be a fool if he didn't struggle - in a life and death struggle - to hold onto that will, and if he didn't make you think that you are making your own choices. That would be the most subtle and convincing way for him to hold onto the will. Because you, independent you, and me are ego-filled enough that we believe that we can do our own thing, when in reality we are either obeying one source or the other. Satan does not want us to know it. It is through the will that Satan retains his hold upon us. The surrender of that will is represented as plucking out the eye or cutting off the hand.

Matthew 5: 29, 30 - And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (See also Matthew 18:9 and Mark 9:37

Have you tried that method? We can begin to see that this is no laughing matter. It is not a light thing. I have seen thousands of people who have said that they have given themselves into the hands of the Lord and it is simply a verbalization. Satan urges you to do it so you can say that you have done it. But it is another thing to actually take it out of his hands and give it to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not an easy thing.

Mount of Blessing, p. 61

...Often it seems to us that to surrender the will to God is to consent to go through life maimed or crippled.


Total surrender - It caused the sweat to come as drops of blood on His brow.

Don't think it will take any less effort on our part. The surrender of the will means taking it away from Satan, and Satan certainly doesn't want it to be taken away from him.

That is exactly what Jesus did. It seemed to Him, One who was familiar with absolute power - certainly of the highest degree, to go through life absolutely dependent on His Father working through Him. To go through life maimed or crippled. Just think of it. That is why it was so difficult in that garden. Jesus said, "There must be some other way, but if not, then, not My will, but Yours. Total surrender - Yes. It caused the sweat to come as drops of blood on His brow. Don't think it will take any less effort on our part. That is exactly the way that God is planning. He knows that the surrender of the will means taking it away from Satan, and Satan certainly doesn't want it to be taken away from him.

We are told that we cannot control our will ourselves. We cannot take this out of his hands unless we are going to surrender it to Christ - for He is the only one that can keep it. Remember? Satan takes control of every mind that is not decidedly under the control of Christ. You may think that you can take this control away from Satan and wait and hang onto it and make a decision. No. You can't. He will take it away from you immediately again. You must take that will away from him and surrender it to Christ. In doing that, Christ will keep that will and Satan has no power to take it from Him.

When we realize this, we see that Satan's power is indeed broken. He has lost the control.

5 Testimonies, p. 293, 294

Satan is constantly at work, but few have any idea of his activity and subtlety. The people of God must be prepared to withstand the wily foe. It is this resistance that Satan dreads. He knows better than we do the limit of his power and how easily he can be overcome if we resist and face him. Through divine strength the weakest saint is more than a match for him and all his angels, and if brought to the test he would be able to prove his superior power.


The weakest saint - that is one who has just surrendered his life to Christ - is more than a match for Satan and all his angels.

If Jesus is holding the will, we are more than a match!

The weakest of the saints - that is one who has just come and surrendered his life to Christ.

Therefore Satan's step is noiseless, his movements stealthy, and his batteries masked. He does not venture to show himself openly, lest he arouse the Christian's dormant energies and send him to God in prayer.

He controls from an obscure point that we do not recognize.

If Jesus is holding the will, we are more than a match! That is why Jesus said that we will be in constant danger or peril until we understand the true force of the will.

1 Selected Messages, p. 110

When you give up your own will, your own wisdom, and learn of Christ, you will find admittance into the kingdom of God. He requires entire, unreserved surrender. Give up your life for Him to order, mold, and fashion. Take upon your neck His yoke. Submit to be led and taught by Him. Learn that unless you become as a little child, you can never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Giving up our own wisdom and learn of Christ - that is not easy.

Steps to Christ, p. 47

Many are inquiring, "How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?" You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair.

Through all of this - we do not need to despair.

What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him.

We can choose to serve God - Satan cannot make that decision for you. He cannot keep that decision from you. You can choose to take that will out of his hands. He cannot possibly keep you from doing it. But he can cause you decide to do things and you will do them thinking that you are doing what God wants you to do, but you will actually be doing Satan's will. You cannot change your heart.


By yielding up your will to Christ, you ally yourself with the power that is above all principalities and powers. You will have strength from above to hold you steadfast, and thus through constant surrender to God you will be enabled to live the new life, even the life of faith.

You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.
Desires for goodness and holiness are right as far as they go; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be Christians. They do not come to the point of yielding the will to God. They do not now choose to be Christians.
Through the right exercise of the will, an entire change may be made in your life. By yielding up your will to Christ, you ally yourself with the power that is above all principalities and powers. You will have strength from above to hold you steadfast, and thus through constant surrender to God you will be enabled to live the new life, even the life of faith.

COL 312

When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.

It is absolutely necessary for us to understand the importance of the will. It is totally impossible for us to enter into that full surrender that Jesus said it was necessary for us to have before justification occurs. It is necessary for us to understand that this is a matter of surrender of the will to God and placing the entire power of choice in His hands to purify and cleanse. Then He will hand it back to me - united with His, cleansed and purified, so that when I am doing His will, I am actually doing my will as well.

This is God's message for us. That is why He tells us in 2 Testimonies, 479

Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate it to meditate upon pure and holy things.


Almost without exception, every decision that you and I make everyday is inclined to be made by the way that we feel, rather than by our knowledge.

Character is the subject that we deal with when we deal with the surrender of our lives and the acceptance of the Robe of Christ's Righteousness. Ellen White says in Steps to Christ, p. 57, 58 "The character is revealed, not by occasional good deeds and occasional misdeeds, but by the tendency of the habitual words and acts." It is the habit patterns of life that make up character, so when we are talking about the rehabituating of the character, we are talking about the will, the power of choice. It is only God who can rehabituate the life so that we will choose. That which we studied in our last session about the law of sin that dwells in our members is the law that Satan works through, the law feelings. Almost without exception, every decision that you and I make everyday is inclined to be made by the way that we feel, rather than by our knowledge. If we feel like doing something, we have a tendency to do it. That is why, when we go past the refrigerator between meals, we have trouble. Because we "feel" - that's the law of sin in our members. That is the way the devil works. He knows you aren't hungry, but he creates a feeling. Trace this through every experience and you will find it is the same thing. Satan doesn't want you to know that he is the one who creates the stimulus.


When we understand where the stimulus comes from, we simply say, "Lord, I cannot keep from doing this thing, but I choose not to do it. Now You keep me from doing it. Deliver me from this temptation."

God will actually do that, and He will instantly deliver you from that temptation, because He knows your weaknesses.

When we understand where it comes from and we take the will out of his hands and surrender it to the Lord Jesus Christ, then when these temptations come to us, no matter how strong it is, what they are or where they come from, we can immediately recognize its source. Recognizing its source, we simply say, "Lord, I cannot keep from doing this thing, but I choose not to do it. Now You keep me from doing it. Deliver me from this temptation." God will actually do that, and He will instantly deliver you from that temptation, because He knows your weaknesses. I have seen this happen hundreds of times in my own life.

The secret is not having power over your will, but surrendering your will and recognizing that the temptation that comes to us through feelings is Satan working upon the will and to cause me to act upon those feelings and cause me to make a decision to yield to him. (for example to open the refrigerator door.)


The secret is not having power over your will, but surrendering your will to God and recognizing that the temptation that comes to us through feelings is Satan working upon the will.

When we recognize that it is Satan doing it, we then are able to put to death the temptation. That is how we do it. "This temptation has come from the devil. I know it is. Please come take it away." God will take it away.

You don't believe it? Sounds impossible? It isn't impossible. God will do it. I have seen Him do it, and I have seen Him do it in the lives of hundreds of people. I have seen men and women gain the victory over life-long habits that they have struggled with. God delivered them instantly. I am not saying that God will deliver every type of a temptation instantly, but he will deliver you from the power of the temptation instantly. That is God's method. He knows the frailties of the human heart. He has given to us this insight that we may follow His instructions and be delivered from the power of Satan.

Selected Messages, p. 110

"When you give up your own will, your own wisdom, and learn of Christ, you will find admittance into the kingdom of God. He requires entire, unreserved surrender. Give up your life for Him to order, mold, and fashion. Take upon your neck His yoke. Submit to be led and taught by Him."

We become members of the family of God by this simple process. Satan doesn't want you to know this. Why? Because, Mount of Blessing, p. 94, we find this horrible thought expressed in these words:

The strongest bulwark of vice in our world is not the iniquitous life of the abandoned sinner or the degraded outcast; it is that life which otherwise appears virtuous, honorable, and noble, but in which one sin is fostered, one vice indulged.


All Satan has to do, is what he is doing in the lives of thousands of Christian people who have accepted church membership and baptism, but never actually been born again.

He keeps them satisfied in doing "good things" while they are actually hanging on to one sin, one vice indulged. This not only puts them in the camp of Satan, but makes them the strongest bulwark, the strongest ally of Satan.

All Satan has to do, is what he is doing in the lives of thousands of Christian people. Individuals who have accepted church membership, baptism and all of that, but never actually been born again. He keeps them satisfied in doing "good things" while they are actually hanging on to one sin, one vice indulged. This not only puts them in the camp of Satan, but makes them the strongest bulwark, the strongest ally of Satan.

Can you understand how necessary it is to take the will away from Satan and surrender it to the Lord Jesus Christ, and break that power? Satan is not going to let that power be broken without a battle. If you take this step, he will try to convince you that you didn't do it right, that it isn't working. He will try to convince you in every way that he can that it isn't real. But Jesus tells us that we are to believe though all things seem impossible. Even though they seem unreal, unnatural and out of harmony, we are to believe none the less. When we do this, then accept the Lord Jesus Christ, accept His message to trust Him, accept His promise.

I would like to suggest that if you have never entered into this experience and that if it is your desire to do so, that you do it before you pillow your head tonight, and that you do this one thing. Audibly, (remember Satan cannot read your thoughts. Don't talk to the devil like you talk to God.) Audibly say, "Satan, I am taking my will out of your hands. You have had all of it you are going to have." Then surrender it to the will of Jesus Christ, where God can keep it. Then watch the results.

Jesus says, "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." Proverbs 23:26. God will begin to work in you as you do not realize possible if you will follow Christ's way by surrendering Your will, Your wisdom to Christ. May that be your experience.

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