Full Surrender

Jesus told them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work he has given me.”

John 4:34 GW

“Indeed, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save people who are lost.”

Luke 19:10 GW

Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you.

Romans 12:1 GW

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

I’m getting baptised.

Again.

Water baptism is a sign that one has confessed and repented of their sins.

You see, 20 years ago, I was a lost soul.

I did not know Jesus.

And I didn’t know how much God loves me.

Then one day, everything changed.

That’s a story for another time.

Now, after many years of being a miserable sinner, a backslidden Christian, I’ve come back to my senses.

Thank you, Jesus!

I want to tell you, what looks impossible in your life is nothing compared to what God can do.

There’s nothing worse than being a backslider in my book.

You know the truth, yet you aren’t living it.

The guilt, shame and self-condemnation are almost unbearable.

To know the love of God and turn your back on Him is a feeling worse than death.

Many addicts and alcoholics and other slaves to sin live in that house of horrors.

But there is always a way out.

God is patient.

He is merciful.

He understands our frail human nature.

As our loving Father, He just wants you to turn around and come back home to Him.

There is no sin so great that the blood of Jesus cannot erase.

He redeems my soul.

He heals my wounded heart.

He takes my sin and my shame and washes it completely away, into the sea of forgetfulness.

It’s as if it never happened.

What a relief.

It was never my burden to bear.

No amount of good works could ever make up for all the sinning I did.

And that’s okay.

My Redeemer lives.

He died on a cross to bear the penalty for my sins.

And He rose from the dead.

The penalty has been removed.

All I need to do is believe in Jesus and what He did.

He sets us free.

And who the Son sets free is free indeed.

Christians aren’t perfect people.

We just know the God who is.

We still have a carnal nature that wants to control us and make us slaves to the desires of the flesh.

But the Spirit is stronger than even death.

We’re on a spiritual journey to become more and more like Him.

Once you experience the freedom of being in Christ, it’s hard not to share the love, joy and peace that you’ve found.

People on the outside resist God because they think He wants to punish them and take all their fun away.

What they don’t realize is that God wants to set them free and let them enter into new life.

One question I wish someone had asked me when I was lost in my addictions is: “How’s your relationship with God?”

Judging a person and telling them they are doing wrong generally won’t make them behave any better.

Instead, it puts them on the defensive and they shut you out.

There is only one fair judge, and that’s God.

If you’re still breathing, there is still time to invite God to live in you.

He gives us the power to overcome any obstacle.

I remember when I was a daily drunk, wasting my days away, God spoke to me.

He asked me, “Do you love me?”

I replied, “Of course I love You.”

“Then why are you trying to destroy My temple?”

I was speechless and utterly defenseless.

I knew that our bodies are the temples of Holy Spirit.

I went to rehab shortly thereafter.

What I couldn’t do for myself, God did for me.

And He wants to do it for you, too.

He can take whatever you’re struggling with away.

Just give it to Him.

Get born again.

Won’t you pray with me?

  • Read the following outloud:

Father God,

Help me today.

I want to know You.

I want to feel Your Presence.

I believe and confess that Jesus Christ died for my sins so that I could inherit eternal life.

Holy Spirit of God, I invite you into my heart, into my mind, into my body.

I surrender.

I give you full permission to use me for Your Kingdom’s sake.

I was a sinner and now I want to be saved.

Adopt me into your eternal family as Your child.

Thank You Lord for saving me.

Thank You for taking away all my sin and sorrow.

Breathe life into me and by Your power help me to live a life that is pleasing to You.

In Your Son’s Name I pray.

In the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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