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All In? (2 of 6)
Series: Living on Purpose
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Romans chapter 12. We're in a series called “Living on Purpose.” And today, I want to speak to you about being all in. Paul says this in Romans 12, verse 1: “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
A young lady was at a conference, Christian conference, and she was very distraught, and she was very tearful. And she came up to the conference speaker at a break, and she said, “I'm just so frustrated. I'm so discouraged. I'm so defeated in my Christian life.” She said, “It seems no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to do it. I just can't seem to walk in victory. I just can't seem to be obedient to the Lord.” And she described her Christian experience as just a rollercoaster kind of relationship with the Lord. And sometimes there were high highs, but then there would be these low lows. And sometimes she just seemed like she just wanted to serve the Lord so much, and other times she was just so cool to the Lord. And she was sick and tired of being like that. And she said to this conference speaker, she said, “Is there anything you can do to help me?” And he said to her, “Well, what have you been doing to try and help yourself?” And she said, “Well, I've tried everything. I've gone to every meeting. I've gone to every healing service and just thinking, What is it? Maybe there’s just something I’m missing that’ll break me out of this malaise that I’m in, in my spiritual life. And then she said this that was very telling: She said, “I've tried to get all I can get out of God.” And that conference speaker said to her, “That's your problem.” ...
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