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Message series awakening - part 6 - awakening to surrender - pastor chuck bernal - 05-28-17

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This message is Part 6 in the message series “AWAKENING” by Pastor Chuck Bernal. In this message titled, “Awakening To Surrender”, Pastor Chuck talks about how we can go "ALL IN" with God by surrendering all we are and all we have to Him. Using the examples of Moses and his staff, the disciples and their nets and Elisha and his plow, Pastor Chuck challenges each of us to release everything to God in total commitment and surrender. This message was delivered at LifePointe Church in Crowley, TX on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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Message series awakening - part 6 - awakening to surrender - pastor chuck bernal - 05-28-17

  1. 1. A. W. Milne One way missionar y to the headhunt ers in New Hebrides
  2. 2. awakening to surrender (by abandoning my life, i find it)
  3. 3. The Gospel costs nothing. You can’t earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God’s grace. It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go “ALL IN”, surrendering all that you are and all that you have into
  4. 4. We’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It’s not true. The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don’t hold
  5. 5. The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing
  6. 6. Then Joshua told the people, “Surrender yourselves completely to the Lord for tomorrow He will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5 – International
  7. 7. our problem is this: we want God to do his part - “amazing things”, but we don’t want to do our part – “surrender ourselves completely to the Lord”.
  8. 8. but you can’t have one without the other!
  9. 9. amazing always begins with surrender and surrender always end with amazing!
  10. 10. the paradox of surrender
  11. 11. A "paradox" is defined as a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that is proven in fact to be the truth.
  12. 12. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (Luke 9:24 – New Living Translation)
  13. 13. weakness = strength
  14. 14. down = up
  15. 15. give = gain
  16. 16. last = first
  17. 17. dying = living
  18. 18. serving = greatness
  19. 19. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me. (Matthew 10:39 – The Message)
  20. 20. the practice of surrender
  21. 21. What are you holding on to that is holding you back from experiencing “amazing things”?
  22. 22. Give yourselves to God . . . surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. (Romans 6:13 – Today’s English Version)
  23. 23. Give yourselves completely to God — every part of you — you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes. (Romans 6:13 – New Living Translation)
  24. 24. So give yourselves completely to God . . . (James 4:7 – New Century Version)
  25. 25. moses “dropped his staff” (exodus 4:1-4)
  26. 26. elisha “burned his plow” (1 kings 19:19-21)
  27. 27. peter, andrew, james & john “left their nets” (matthew 4:18-22)
  28. 28. what are you holding on to today that is keeping you from experiencing “amazing things” in your life today. When you are willing to surrender, when you are willing to let go of lesser things, you will experience
  29. 29. it’s no longer about who you are and what you have, it becomes whose who are and what He can do in and through you.
  30. 30. you “_______________________”
  31. 31. So here’s what I want you to do with God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.
  32. 32. The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by one life that is fully and completely surrendered to Him.
  33. 33. why not you?
  34. 34. why not now?
  35. 35. Then Jesus said to his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am . . .
  36. 36. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:24-25 – The Message)
  37. 37. Jim Elliot five missionar ies who were killed on January 8, 1956 by the Auca Indians in
  38. 38. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. (Jim Elliot)

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