FMTLIC Leaders Guide

Lesson 8: Paths to the Cross

12:1,2; Luke 9:23). See Oswald Chambers, My Ut- most for His Highest , Jan. 8 If your life took a downhill slide (or crash) after surrender, describe what happened and the measures you took to fix it before the Holy Spirit had His way. (Personal answer) For example, trials and attempts at self help How and when did you decide (if you did) to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the (appropriated) death/resurrec- tion process. Describe. (Personal answer). Oswald Chambers compares this “not I, but Christ” breakthrough as having a “white funeral”. See My Utmost for His Highest, Jan 15. To verify your understanding of who you are and where you are, make a variation of the above illustration to repre- sent the path your life has taken with all three major events taken into consideration. (Personal answer). If identification, or the Cross (Gal. 2:20), has become a real- ity in your experience, describe the pattern of victory, de- feat, and spiritual warfare that has typified your experience since that time, whether at a point in time or gradually. (Personal answer). In our spirit, we have been sanc- tified (Heb. 10:10). But our experiential growth is a process (2 Pet. 3:18). This journey is typically punc- tuated by additional spiritual breakthroughs and lessons learned. (Examples: 2 Cor. 1:8-10; 12:3-10).

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