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Worship: Offering Yourself to God

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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Worship: Offering Yourself to God
2009/02/13

So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Romans 12:1-2 (TEV)

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Offering yourself to God is what worship is all about.

This act of personal surrender is called many things: consecration, making Jesus Lord, taking up your cross, dying to self, yielding to the Spirit.

What matters is that you do it, not what you call it. God wants your life, all of it – 95 percent is not enough.

Our total surrender to God is blocked by several things, including:

· Our ignorance of God – not knowing what he’s really like;

· Our sinful nature – the desire to be God ourselves; and

· Our misunderstanding of surrender and the trust that it requires.

Can We Trust God? Trust is an essential ingredient to surrender. We won’t surrender to God unless we trust him, but we can’t trust him until we know him better. Fear keeps us from surrendering, but love casts out all fear. The more you realize how much God loves you, the easier surrender becomes.

How do I know God loves me? He gives us many evidences:

· God says he loves you (Psalm 145:9);

· You’re never out of his sight (Psalm 139:3);

· He cares about every detail of your life (Matthew 10:30);

· He gave you the capacity to enjoy all kinds of pleasure (1 Timothy 6:17b);

· He has good plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11);

· He forgives you (Psalm 86:5);

· He’s patient with you (Psalm 145:8);

· He sacrificed his Son for you (Romans 5:8).

God loves you infinitely more than you can imagine.

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1 HCSB).

If you want to know how much you matter to God, look at Christ with his arms outstretched on the cross saying, “I love you this much!I’d rather die than live without you.”

God is not a cruel slave driver or a bully who uses brute force to coerce us into submission. He doesn’t try to break our will, but woos us to himself, so that we might offer it freely to him. God is a lover and a liberator, and surrendering brings freedom, not bondage.

When we completely surrender ourselves to Jesus, we discover that he is not a tyrant but a savior; not a boss, but a brother; not a dictator, but a friend.


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by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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jenerica
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Thank you.  I needed that.

shawna3.5
by Member on Feb. 13, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Ya' know....as I was driving to go wash my truck this morning, listening to KLTY, a christian music station.....I just started praying and saying "Thank you Jesus" and praying thru the spirit....

It is exactly one year this month that I've been truly saved......and felt the change...and had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   And it just seems the longer I am saved...the harder it gets for me...I know it is just the devil making me feel this way, trying to win me back.....

I've just gotta get back in there and start praying FAITHFULLY everyday....all the time.  I know that when I let go of all things and give them to HIM....my life always gets so much better and easier and peaceful.....why is this so hard for me to do?  Even though I've seen it first hand and know that it's the only way??   They told me when I got saved that surrendering to Jesus would be the "Hardest....yet easiest thing I'd ever do".   Now I know what they mean.

I enjoy reading your words on here when I find them.............

Shawna

ZARA81
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 5:22 PM

thanks mama. i occassionally listen to that station.  faith is what keeps us together, believing in  God through his son JC. i have been having a great week and the devil tried to tick me off. my cross broke yesterday and i can't fix it right away. the devil is always trying us...but i know i pissed him off bc i am not mad and did not let him get me down. i love my cross bc it is a reminder of my blessings, my mom gave it to me and i like to hold it a lot.

Quoting shawna3.5:

Ya' know....as I was driving to go wash my truck this morning, listening to KLTY, a christian music station.....I just started praying and saying "Thank you Jesus" and praying thru the spirit....

It is exactly one year this month that I've been truly saved......and felt the change...and had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   And it just seems the longer I am saved...the harder it gets for me...I know it is just the devil making me feel this way, trying to win me back.....

I've just gotta get back in there and start praying FAITHFULLY everyday....all the time.  I know that when I let go of all things and give them to HIM....my life always gets so much better and easier and peaceful.....why is this so hard for me to do?  Even though I've seen it first hand and know that it's the only way??   They told me when I got saved that surrendering to Jesus would be the "Hardest....yet easiest thing I'd ever do".   Now I know what they mean.

I enjoy reading your words on here when I find them.............

Shawna


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