Pastor Ralph Byma
Freedom series – pt3- I Surrender
Freedom is about becoming all that God redeemed us to be.
Philippians 3:8, 8 But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ… Here Paul shares with us that he is totally surrendered to Christ and encourages us to do the same.
We have been created for a relationship with God and with each other. God will not force us to have a relationship with Him. His heart is for us to choose His invitation, allowing Him to work in our lives. How do we allow Him to work in our lives? By seeking Him first and surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and transforming power, allowing for His reign and rule in our lives.
God wants us to invite Him into every area of our lives, to celebrate the good as well as into our painful situations and broken areas of bondage in our lives. Jesus covers us with His love and transforming power.
Is it safe to surrender to Him? Absolutely YES! God is love, selfless, unconditional, completely free of expectation. There is nothing you can do to get God to love you more. You are already loved by almighty God. Romans 5:8, 8 But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
There is no place more secure than living a life with Jesus – it is a life of true freedom.