Surrender to Win: Living Like Jesus Leads to Victory Over Life


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Surrender to Win: Living Like Jesus Leads to Victory Over Life

  1. 1. THE KING OF GLORY WELCOMES YOU! He awaits Your Worship with Great Joy! Saturday, August 31, 13
  2. 2. SURRENDER TO WIN Jesus Did... So Must We. Saturday, August 31, 13
  3. 3. SURRENDER Give up, to yield to abandon ourselves to. Allow another to take control to submit to, acquiesce in favor of in deference to another Do all the time: career, entertainment, job, emotions, family, friends, life goals Saturday, August 31, 13
  4. 4. SPIRITS WANT SAME Every spirit that claims to be God wants total surrender of its followers: Lucifer, Hindu gods, god of Islam, spirit guides of New Age, witchcraft demons, etc. They all want what Our wonderful God wants:: total surrender of our lives to the will and person of God. Such total surrender only belongs to the One, true God Saturday, August 31, 13
  5. 5. GOD LOVES Surrender all to God is greatest form of worship and demonstration of faith. Faith = RISK= SURRENDER to Him, not to concepts, not to religion, not rituals, not church Him. God rewards surrender. Whatever we surrender to Him, he gives back with interest. ( sleep example). Surrender to win. All or nothing: partial surrender nauseates God. (Rev. 3: 15-16:15: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” partial = insult to God. Yet--God still loves us. We miss blessings. Saturday, August 31, 13
  6. 6. EXAMPLE OF LUKEWARM You lost job, wife has cancer, kids on drugs, about to lose house: I give you the job of your dreams with $100k salary. I cure your wife of cancer and give her a facelift, tummy tuck etc. She is gorgeous again! I get your kids off drugs and give full scholarships to Harvard Ask for ride to town but you say you can only take me 1 mile. Want to fellowship with you to you along the way. You have an errand to run and cannot take me all the way. Hmmmmm.... Saturday, August 31, 13
  7. 7. PAUL SURRENDERED His reputation: he joined what he used to persecute His career: pupil of greatest Jewish Rabbi His safety: Jews tried to kill several times. His comfort: shipwrecked 3x, whipped 5, rods 3x, stoned, sleep outside, hungry, cold, danger, imprisoned 2x His family, friends, his freedom Greater the calling, the greater the opposition & cost Saturday, August 31, 13
  8. 8. COST Surrender is costly. Midwives in Egypt, three teens in furnace, Daniel, Moses, Mary, Bart & Kevin & Amanda, Rick & Alyson, Bev & Jeff, Betsy, millions of martyrs---died to self to live for God. Scars and Stripes: Red McDaniels, John McCain Mar 7, 73 Gave Their All: MM1 Robert James Cowan on USS Scorpion, Willard Pretlow in Huey Gunship, Tom Allen in A6 over Vietnam, Bart in China, Betsy in Afghanistan Saturday, August 31, 13
  9. 9. PAUL WAS HAPPY “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8) “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”(Rom. 8:18) Saturday, August 31, 13
  10. 10. JESUS COMMENDS Just before He surrendered His life to the Father on Calvary: “And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” (John 12:23-25) I “hate” my life on earth. Prefer to live for heaven & God Saturday, August 31, 13
  11. 11. JESUS DEMANDS Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Miseo: 42x in NT: Mostly--HATE: malicious and unjustifiable feelings towards others: world will hate you, do good to those who hate you. Also, PREFERENCE: Matt. 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate ( miseo) the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Saturday, August 31, 13
  12. 12. NOT HATE Not allowed to hate anyone: Love your enemies, do good to those who abuse you, return good for evil, blessings for curses, takes your shirt, give him your coat, too. Love of wife and family is a strong theme in entire Bible. Someday, you may have to chose between God or your loved ones: Job’s wife, Peter’s rebuke of Jesus, Paul & belt prophecy by Agabus (Acts 21: 10-14) See next slide. Saturday, August 31, 13
  13. 13. ACTS 21: 10-14 Agabus took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” We pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” Saturday, August 31, 13
  14. 14. ALL OR NOTHING “When Christ bids a man,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “He bids him come and die.” Ernest Shackleton’s ad for recruits for his venture to Antarctica in 1914: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.” God wants no less from us. Our honor is guaranteed! Saturday, August 31, 13
  15. 15. WHY WE DON’T FEAR: Many afraid to fully surrender to God. Do not trust authority figures, father figures. Lack of trust IGNORANCE: Think partial surrender is OK. PRIDE: Believe the lie that in some things we can take care of ourselves better than God can. Dangerous lie. Saturday, August 31, 13
  16. 16. EXAMPLES FEAR: 25 years of partial surrender of my love to Beth. IGNORANCE: High school: 75% God, 25% me. PRIDE: Writing sermons and praying later in Foley. Thought hard work & education & books were > prayer. What keeps you from total surrender at times? Talk to God about that soon. God wi! fu!y endorse and fu!y support those who are fu!y surrendered to Him: 2 Chron. 16:9-- The eyes of the Lord... Saturday, August 31, 13
  17. 17. LEADERS ON SURRENDER “The greatness of the man's power [with God] is the measure of his surrender.” ― William Booth “You cannot fulfill God's purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans. ” ― Rick Warren, Saturday, August 31, 13
  18. 18. LEADERS “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” ― Abraham Lincoln “Your wisest moments will be those when you say yes to God.” ― Rick Warren, Saturday, August 31, 13
  19. 19. SURRENDER TO WIN World is rapidly changing. America is descending into moral chaos with each passing year. God is allowing in order to bring us to the end of ourselves so we will fully surrender to Him. The more we surrender now, the more victorious we will be in God’s sight. We win by surrendering all to Him. This chaos will eventually lead to revival. Saturday, August 31, 13
  20. 20. THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS Read Phil. 2: 1-11 Great humility and full surrender leads to great honor before God and man. Saturday, August 31, 13