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Absolute surrender--let me tell you where I got those words. I used them myself often, and you have heard them numberless times. But in Scotland once I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ's Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is; and there was in our company a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly:
"Absolute surrender to God is the one thing."
The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God's full blessing
is absolute surrender to Him.
And now, I desire by God's grace to give to you this message--that your God in Heaven answers the prayers which you have offered for blessing on yourselves and for blessing on those around you by this one demand: Are you willing to surrender yourse lves absolutely into His hands?
What is our answer to be? God knows there are hundreds of hearts who have said it, and there are hundreds more who long to say it but hardly dare to do so. And there are hearts who have said it, but who have yet miserably failed, and who feel themselves condemned because they did not find the secret of the power to live that life. May God have a word for all!
Let me say, first of all, that God claims it from us.
God Expects Your Surrender.
If you have ever asked what happens after we die if there is a Heaven, or how good we have to be to go there, Why Christianity? will help you.
Imagine if you were offered a choice of four gifts: the original Mona Lisa, the keys to a brand new Lamborghini, ten million dollars in cash, or a parachute. Which would you choose? If you have ever asked what happens after we die if there is a Heaven, or how good we have to be to go there, Why Christianity? will help you.
If you have ever wondered which religion you should choose if any, Why Christianity? will sort through the confusion so that you can make the best choice. Take the time to watch this carefully — there's nothing more important than where you will spend eternity.
Over a century and a half ago, an academic controversy swept the world, as a liberal, materialistic philosophy collected data to give Man a new view of his origins. Strong religious reaction began; foolish and unfounded statements were made by uninformed church people. Science and faith quarreled, and for the first time in a great many years, received a virtual divorce. Early viewpoints became clouded, ignored, or discarded; our century has thus inherited almost wholly humanistic thought. For over a hundred years we have accepted this philosophy and tried to live with it; till again, on the brink of nuclear disaster, we seem to have tried everything from drugs, sex, mysticism, and UFO hunting to find a new future. Now the chips are down, the facts are coming in, and it's time we had a long, hard look at what an idea can do to a world.
Proactive Evangelism: What if we could be a church that wasn’t full of people with slick sayings and simplistic truths, but we also weren’t a church that was so passive and afraid of turning over the proverbial apple cart that we initiated nothing? What if we could journey with our friends, have great discussions, yet also be expectant and urge them to give their lives to Jesus? What if we could be a church where our members knew how to challenge their friends with the gospel but still do it with love and in the context of relationships? What if we could be people that are discerning enough to know how and when to offer truth, interpretation and an invitation to the gospel? What if we could be a people that knew how to wait and journey, but also seized God-given kairos moments? What if we could faithfully lead people into a relationship with Christ at work, in the coffee shop, in the dorm room and on the street? Why
Why can’t we be proactive, and yet still be relational and transformational? ‘
Throughout the rest of this eBook, we’re exploring the theme of proactive evangelism. In Section 1, we highlight why we believe that every Christian—not merely the gifted ones—could and should be involved in evangelism, specifically leading others into a relationship with Jesus. In Section 2, we offer practical communal rhythms and individual skills to help believers be more humble, winsome and effective in their witness. Along the way, we’ve sprinkled hyperlinks to blog articles and other websites throughout the text to help you explore particular themes even further.
May this eBook equip you to be more effective helpful and faithful witnesses.
From one of Christianity’s most beloved devotional writers and speakers of the nineteenth century, here is a series of lectures originally delivered at an annual conference in South Africa on the topic of the Kingdom of God. In his own passionate and persuasive manner, author and theologian Andrew Murray reveals how the Kingdom of God is a real and present reality inside of every single believer.
Murray first tackles the question of what the Kingdom of God is and then goes on to describe for his readers the importance of the indwelling of God, Jesus Christ in us, and our daily fellowship with him.
Though first delivered at a conference in the late nineteenth century, this books remains just as necessary and relevant today as when it was first presented. In this book, Murray reminds us the all-important truth about returning to the basics of our Christian faith. Anyone desiring to uncover or rediscover the heart of the Christian message will be blessed by reading this book.
South African pastor and author Andrew Murray (1828 1917) was an amazingly prolific writer. Murray began writing on the Christian life for his congregation as an extension of his local pastoral work, but he became internationally known for his books, such as With Christ in the School of Prayer and Abide in Christ, that searched men's hearts and brought them into a deeper relationship with Christ. With intense purpose and zeal for the message of the gospel, Murray wrote numerous books even after his "retirement" at age seventy-eight.
"Yet I am always with you you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." Psalm 73:23-24.
There are few more precious words in the whole Book of Psalms, which is one of the most precious of all the books of the Bible, than these: You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
How the thoughtful and believing and obedient heart burns as it reads these wonderful words of the text!
I wish we had time to dwell on the characteristics of God's guidance as they are set forth in so many places in the Word of God, but we must turn at once to consideration of the means God uses in guiding us.
R. A. Torrey (1856-1928), an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Called by D. L. Moody to head Bible institute in Chicago (now Moody Bible Institute). Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Pastorates included Chicago Avenue Church (now Moody Memorial) and Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles. Worldwide evangelistic meetings with Charlie Alexander. Founded Montrose Bible Conference, PA. Wrote more than forty books.
Are You a Mature Christian? How do you know? Is there a Biblical way to know if you are maturing in the faith? Does God give us a way to measure growth? Absolutely! In Seven Steps To Maturity, Pastor Randy Bell shares powerful insights from two of Christ's closest friends, John and Peter. You will be taken back to the clear instructions God gives on how to grow up and please Him. This book will teach you how important it is to mature in the faith God's way, and how to measure your progress. And also Peter warns you must follow this narrow way. "But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:9-11 (NLT)
One way to share your faith is to post images on your Facebook page with scripture. Here is one I created and used on my page. Freely use it and pass it on to your friends.
Job 5:9-11 (NKJV)
Who does great things, and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number. He gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields. He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.