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Cardio: Transformed Hearts, Renewed Minds, Aligned Lives (3 of 5)
Series: Cardio: Transformed Hearts, Renewed Minds, Aligned Lives
2 Corinthians 3:18
INTRODUCTION: “I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.” Charles Spurgeon
Jesus can meet all the needs of a “surrendered heart.” He desires for us to become one with Him, however, to become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. “The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better, but real solid sin. Actually, that is all He can take from us. And what He gives us in exchange for our sin is real solid righteousness. We must surrender all pretense that we are anything, and give up all our claims of ever being worthy of God’s consideration.” Oswald Chambers
Once we have done that, then the Spirit of God will show us what we need to surrender next. Along each step of this process, we will have to give up our claims to our rights to ourselves.
Oswald Chambers speaking on the Surrendered Life:
“Are we willing to surrender our grasp on all that we possess our desires, and everything else in our lives? Are we ready to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?
We will suffer a sharp painful disillusionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the flesh that shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them.”
If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determina ...
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