How are you to walk in Jesus Christ? As you received Him. How did you receive Him? By faith. Was that very difficult?
How then are you to walk in Him? By faith! Will that be any more difficult?— The Saving Life of Christ, page 136
But we make it more difficult! Do we do it because we want it to be more difficult? Or do we do it because we want a checklist? After all, if you have a list, you can see how you're doing. If you just have to respond to the Spirit—well it's easy to deceive yourself...
These are honest questions that I'm asking, not rhetorical ones. And I don't have the answer, but I suspect, if I'm honest with myself, that it is some combination of the two.
What's your take?