Believe Series – session 15 total surrender

Believe series

Session 15 Total Surrender

10am

George Methodist

10 am

13th May 2018

Acts 7

Key Idea: I dedicate my life to God’s purpose

Key Scripture Romans 12: 1,2

 

Introduction

Christianity has many ideas that seem to contradict and that challenge the intellect and selfishness of humanity.

One essential principle is that of surrender. It is not a word used in the Bible, but is still a requirement for successful Christian living. Here are a few definitions of surrender:

 “Surrender” is a military term which refers to ceasing resistance to an enemy or opponent and submitting to their authority.

In the spiritual sense, we are in a battle between our will and the will of God.

 “Surrender” means to yield ownership, to relinquish control over what we consider ours.When we surrender to God, we are simply acknowledging that what we “own” actually belongs to him.By surrendering to God, we admit that He is ultimately in control of everything, including our present circumstance.

Surrendering to God helps us to let go of whatever has been holding us back from God’s best for our lives. This world is a battleground. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:17-19), the world God created has been in conflict with Him (Romans 8:20-22).

  1. Surrender to the Lord

WE GIVE OVER LORDSHIP TO JESUS To acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to surrender to Him. > It is not like accepting defeat, because there is no loss of life or property. > To surrender means the end of the fight, and there is no more argument. > It is the solid realization that God’s way is a better way. There are different levels of surrender, all of which affect our relationship with God. > Initial surrender to the drawing of the Holy Spirit leads to salvation (John 6:44; Acts 2:21). < When we let go of trying to earn God’s favor and rely upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, we become a child of God (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21). > There are also times of greater surrender, during a Christian’s life, that bring deeper intimacy with God and greater power in service. < The more areas of our lives we surrender to God, the more room there is for the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). < When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we exhibit traits of His character (Galatians 5:22). < The more we surrender to God, the more our old self-worshiping nature is replaced with one that resembles Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). < Romans 6:12-13 says that God demands that we surrender the totality of our selves; He wants the whole, not a part. < Jesus said that His followers must deny themselves (Mark 8:34)—another call to surrender.

 

  1. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SURRENDER YOUR LIFE?

Surrendering your life means:

  • Following God’s lead even if it’s without knowing where he’s sending you;
  • Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come.
  • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide.
  • Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances. > You know you’re surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. < You let go and let God work. You don’t have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more. <

You also know you’re surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself. As you mature in your Christian life and are able to surrender more and more to the purposes of God, do you find the above statement to be true? Why is our reaction to criticism a sign of total surrender?

  1. EXAMPLES OF SURRENDER

Jesus and the Rich young ruler Matthew 19:16 -22

Daniel – Shadrch Meshach and Abdnego Daniel 3: 1-28

Esther and Mordecai Esther 3:1 – 4:16

Jesus Matthew 16:24 If you want to be a disciple deny yourself take up your cross and follow me

Stephen the first Martyr

Acts 6:8 – 7:60

His names means crown more a title than a name

Greek Jewish convert – we want to see Jesus

Deacon chosen to serve tables and the widows welfare – Mother’s day.

Born AD 5 and martyred in AD34 – 29 years old.

Protomartyr – the first.

His speech

Brothers and Fathers

Abraham vs 2 – 8

Isaac vs 8

Joseph and Jacob vs 8 – 16

Moses born vs 20 – 44

David and Solomon vs 45 – 47

And then the power house of surrender – not to a building but to the living God vs 48 -50

Stiff necked people who resist the Holy Spirit.

Stoning – unlawful

FROM THINK, ACT, BELIEVE LIKE JESUS by Randy Frazee

 

We daily open our hands and surrender all we have to God. While the concept of surrender is quite familiar in most churches, the biblical connotation must be continually driven home to both remind and prompt us to daily “lay down” our blatant rebellion and self-centered agendas, while we “lift our hands” to abdicate control and hand over all authority to God.

To surrender means to give up the battle of the flesh, to give over control of your life, and to abandon your rights. The battle, control, and rights all come from the same place — the sinful nature.

Declaring surrender is handing over your heart and life fully to Jesus, as you declare, Lord, this is no longer my life, but yours; no longer my will, but yours; no longer my plan, but yours. I give my life to you, my life for you. We offer every moment, thought, and activity of our lives as a sacrifice to God. We should be willing to die for God, but he’s not asking us to be a “dead sacrifice”; he wants us to be a “living sacrifice.” Frankly, offering our lives as a dead sacrifice might be a bit easier. Someone once wisely said, “The problem with living sacrifices is they keep crawling off the altar.”

In light of what God has done to give us life, we should offer ourselves as living sacrifices back to him. We will serve God in any way he desires. The first two application points have to do with the mind and heart uniting around a new life and identity. Service is the outward display of the new lifestyle. [God] walks with you as a friend and invites you to work with him as a team.

 

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