And the first step? "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time" (1 Peter 5:6). Our first step into the presence, victory and blessings of God is the humbling of our lives before the risen King! This is His desire as we present ourselves as living sacrifices before Him.
"O Lord, open my lips,Humility, broken and contrite hearts and total dependence on Him will bring forth His promised blessings!
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise" (Psalm 51:15-17).
"Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation" (Psalm 24:3-5).