Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giving it All

Romans 12:1-3  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.  (2)  Don't become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants-what is good, pleasing, and perfect.  (3)  Because of the kindness that God has shown me, I ask you not to think of yourselves more highly than you should. Instead, your thoughts should lead you to use good judgment based on what God has given each of you as believers.

Just sitting here worshiping the Lord and thinking about life with Him. I know many don't understand this relationship of man with his God. It is a mystery only to those who don't have one.  So much of the world is entering into our congregations these days. So much of the world's message is taking over the Gospel message and many are falling for the deception.  We are called to surrender all to the Lord. My life should be one of dedication not because I am forced to. It is done through my love and passion for Him. Then the warning is given to not become like the people of the world. What does that mean? Well the liberal world today thinks differently than God.  They believe in living they way they want to. They rationalized sin to fit their own lustful desires. They are more self-centered and demanding on others. The world's system is corrupt and evil because it is controled by the prince and the power of the air. Yet , the church has allowed much of the world's thought processes to enter in.

We are called to give all to the Lord. Like a bride who surrenders herself to her groom on the honeymoon night; we too are called to give all. This means leaving the corruption behind and following after the Lord. Our speech should be different. Our lifestyle should be different. Our love for others should be different. Our stance on justice and morality should be different. Knowing Christ and living for Him means surrendering all of the old self to the Living God. If we don't think like the world anymore then we can know what God is saying to us more clearly.

Giving all means calling sin, SIN. Too many Christians are making excuses for their blatant sin. The New Testament of the Bible gives several verses of what sin is. I don't understand why we are standing around scratching our heads. Just give up yourself and follow his word. If you mess up repent and call on His name. It is that simple. The key is giving up all to Him. All my ideas, all my worldly desires, everything I surrender to Him. Christians and the world stop calling those who try to passionately follow His word religious or lunatics when deep down you know you are not right with Him. Stop rationalizing your behavior and start surrendering to the one true God. His word is clear and liberating. I know what my sin is, and I know who can conquer it. I know what sin does to me and everyone around me. I admit that I have sin, and I run to the ONLY ONE who can deliver me. I desire to give that life away for a better life in Christ. I need Him. I desire Him more than ever. He is my strong tower and my mighty fortress. Either we love Him completely or we don't . Either we give Him our all or we don't. There is no in between.
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