I surrender all to Jesus…
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily (the symbol of our death to self), and follow Me.
24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
J.B. Phillips New Testament
We have seen God’s mercy and wisdom: how shall we respond?
1-2 With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him.
Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.
Paul told the Roman Christians how to live so that their behavior would be worshipful to God.
God desires you to surrender every part of your life to Him.
Would you buy a house if you were only allowed to see one of its rooms? Would you purchase a car if you were permitted to see only its tires and a taillight? Would you pass judgment on a book after reading only one paragraph?
Nor would I. Good judgment requires a broad picture. Not only is that true in purchasing houses, cars, and books, it’s true in evaluating life.
One failure doesn’t make a person a failure; one achievement doesn’t make a person a success.
“The end of the matter is better than its beginning,” penned the sage.
“Be patient when trouble comes . . ., ” echoed the apostle Paul. . . . We only have a fragment.
Life’s mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand book.
We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on life’s storms until we know the whole story. . . .
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
He (Jesus) should know. He is the Author of our story. And He has already written the final chapter.
(From In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado)
Wed, April 28
My Utmost for His Highest
By Oswald Chambers
WHAT YOU WILL GET
“I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”
— Jeremiah 45:5
This is the firm and immovable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him – “I will give your life to you….”
What more does a man want than his life?
It is the essential thing. “…your life…as a prize…” means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it.
So many of us are caught up in exhibiting things for others to see, not showing off property and possessions, but our blessings.
All these things that we so proudly show have to go. But there is something greater that can never go– the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
Are you prepared to let God take you into total oneness with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life?
Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go?
The true test of abandonment or surrender is in refusing to say, “Well, what about this?”
Beware of your own ideas and speculations. The moment you allow yourself to think, “What about this?” you show that you have not surrendered and that you do not really trust God.
But once you do surrender, you will no longer think about what God is going to do.
Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions.
If you totally abandon yourself to God, He immediately says to you, “I will give your life to you as a prize….”
The reason people are tired of life is that God has not given them anything — they have not been given their life “as a prize.”
The way to get out of that condition is to abandon yourself to God. And once you do get to the point of total surrender to Him, you will be the most surprised and delighted person on earth.
God will have you absolutely, without any limitations, and He will have given you your life.
If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience in your life or your refusal to be simple enough.
Come join the Adventure!