Being an Overcomer
selves with the kingdom of light.
“If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agen- cies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhal- lowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temp- tation to sin.
“We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of our- selves to Him moment by moment, we shall be over- come. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end.”— Desire of Ages, 324.
“Every individual, by his own act, either puts Christ from him by refusing to cherish His spirit and follow His example, or he enters into a personal union with Christ by self-renunciation, faith, and obedience. We must, each for himself, choose Christ, because He has first chosen us.
“This union with Christ is to be formed by those who are naturally at enmity with Him. It is a relation of utter dependence, to be entered into by a proud heart. This is close work, and many who profess to be followers of Christ know nothing of it. They nomi- nally accept the Saviour, but not as the sole ruler of their hearts.
“Some feel their need of the atonement, and with the recognition of this need, and the desire for a change of heart, a struggle begins. To renounce their own will, perhaps their chosen objects of affection