by David Cawston

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Where are you on your Spiritual Journey? (4 of 7)
Embracing by Commitment
David Cawston
Luke 9:23

1. "Walking in Resistance"
2. "Questioning and Seeking"
3. "Assertively Responding"
4. "Embracing by Commitment"
5. "Adjusting by Learning"
6. "Stabilizing by Growing"
7. "Impacting by Influencing"

You are somewhere at some point on this spiritual journey of life. We are all on a spiritual journey. No man alive is not on some kind of spiritual journey!

There are those that are Embracing by Commitment.
* They have come to the realization that they are powerless to achieve God's favor and forgiveness!
* They have come to believe that Jesus Christ is God and have received Him as their Lord and Savior.
* They have made a decision to turn their lives and wills over to the care and control of Jesus Christ.

Commitment is a word that has lost its meaning in our culture. Jesus said about commitment:
Luke 9:23
23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. NIV

In America we have more people going to church than ever before, but it seems we are having little impact on the moral decay of our society. Are we expecting too little from the folk who come to our churches? It is not uncommon to hear of someone leaving a church with the complaint, "My needs were just not being met." Carrying a cross focuses us upon the needs of others! Jesus does say, "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest." But once our healing is underway, He challenges, "Don't run from suffering, embrace it ... Self sacrifice is ... my way to saving ... your true self." Our motto must not only be "The church that cares about you." We must also make it our goal to be "The church that teaches you to care about the world." --

A prime illustration of commitment is found in the testimony of the Ap ...

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