Full Surrender Ministries

Lay down your life and pick up your cross...

 

We cannot become dependent on, or expect someone else to do what God has called us to do...

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Something the Lord placed on my heart...

He said that so many within the church, within His body, are so focused on the "last days" and "end times..." So much so that they have lost focus on, and are missing out on what God is doing now...
And it goes beyond just those who are focused on the last days and end times...
There are too many of us within the body of Christ who are much more focused on our selves, than we are on God, that we are missing out on what God is doing today...which in turn causes us to miss out on what God plans on doing in our near futures...

So often you'll hear a message preached, or someone speak about what it will be like when we finally get into heaven...when we finally stand in the kingdom of God...
While there is nothing wrong with looking to our future in heaven, we must remember that our future in heaven...our future in the kingdom of God does not begin when our earthly bodies die...
Our life in the kingdom of God begins when we come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and begin to live our lives according to His word and the example Christ set for us...

We are told in Romans that when we come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, that we are then adopted into the family of God, and we become sons and daughters of God...and not just sons and daughters alone, but because we are sons and daughters of God, through Christ, then we are made heirs to the throne through Christ...(Romans 8:14-17)...

We are not told that when we get to heaven, that we will then become sons and daughters, and then heirs...
We are told that as soon as we come to Christ...as soon as we forgiven of our sins, filled with the Holy Spirit, and living for Christ, we are then made sons and daughters, and heirs to the throne...

Too many of us are so focused on everything but God, that we are missing out on the fact that we are heirs to the richest, most powerful, most righteous, most loving King...
A King who is willing and desires to bless us beyond all that we could imagine...
And He is desires to, and is willing to bless us NOW!!!

This is what the Lord was leading me to...
There are many who are looking to be blessed by God...
But there are not as many who are willing to truly seek God as HE has commanded us to...

You see, many of us are ready to stand on top of the peak, without ever having taken the first step up the mountain...

Jesus told us in Matthew 16:24;

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 

 

When we are invited before, during, or after a worship/church service to come up to the Altar, we are coming to a place of “Open Sacrifice…”

It is at the altar where we are to bring ourselves before God, and pour out to Him our all…
And when we get up to leave from the altar, the only thing we should be taking back with us is Christ, and the cross we are called to bear…

We do not have to wait until we attend a Saturday, Sunday, or mid-week service to come before the altar…
We can make an altar wherever we are at…
We just need to come to a place of surrender and worship…

Is there something you’ve been holding onto, that you’ve wanted to turn over to God, but were afraid to go to the altar publicly?
There are many within the church who face this fear...

Many Christians do not want to openly/publicly admit/announce they are holding onto certain things which are hindering their relationship and walk with God, because of the fear of judgment and condemnation…

The altar is where we are to lay down and let go all judgment and condemnation…for ourselves, as well as others…

One of the purposes of the invitation to come to the altar during a worship service is to bring those who are imprisoned and in bondage to freedom, and to ensure members of the body, they are not alone in their struggles, and that we will stand together, and see each other through…

 

I don't know what you're going through...
But I can tell you this, I know where I've been, and what all I've been through...And I'm still here...
I made plenty of mistakes, and I still do, but rather than beat myself up over my mistakes and bad decisions, and keep myself imprisoned in failure and defeat...
I look to Jesus...The Author and Finisher of my faith...
He is my life source...my strength...
And in Jesus I find peace, comfort, and hope...
He is love, and His love has set me free...

I hope and pray that if you have not come to know the love and freedom that comes from and through Jesus Christ that you are able to come to know it...
There is nothing else like the love of Christ...

It's a simple song, but it's powerful...
Here it is...

I am free, I am free
Because of Jesus, I am free
He shed His blood and died for me
Upon that cross on Calvary...

Oh I am free, yes I am free
Because of Jesus, I am free
He shed His blood and died for me
Upon that cross on Calvary…

And now I stand and truly see
Because of Jesus, I am free

I am free, I am free
Because of Jesus, I am free
He shed His blood and died for me
Upon that cross on Calvary...

Oh I am free, yes I am free
Because of Jesus, I am free
He shed His blood and died for me
Upon that cross on Calvary…

 

God placed this on my heart. It deals with the lack that is taking place within the body of Christ. It has to do with our faith.

Hebrews 11:1;”Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things yet seen.”

God said most people hope as in "wish" to receive, and that is not the faith God is requiring.... 
God is requiring from us an "expecting" faith. 
Where we are not just hoping to receive, but expecting in faith with hope as the base of foundation of our faith....
Not just any hope, a hope filled with expectation, miracles, signs, and wonders.

We will not be able to be in a place to receive what God desires to impart in our live unless we first come into a place of expectation.

That's what is meant when he said, "you have not, because you ask not." (James 4:2-3).

Not meaning that we are not asking God for provision, healing, strength, family, and all other petitions we have,
but we are not expecting God to provide, prior to asking for them, most are “wishing” God would give us what we ask for, and that is why many are not receiving the full blessing and impartation God has for each one of our lives.

Look at John 15:26-27;
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

Jesus told the disciples that He would send to them His Holy Spirit, and the disciples believed Jesus. 
At this time though they were unsure what to expect, but they knew that God would send them someone to help….

Acts 1:4, 8;
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me

After His resurrection from the dead, just before His ascension into heaven, to sit at the right hand of the Father, Jesus commanded the disciples not to leave from Jerusalem, but to remain where they are, and to wait for the "Promise" from the Father, Jesus had told them about. 
Then Jesus went on to tell them, when they receive the Holy Spirit (the Promise from the Father), that they would receive power, power to do even greater things than Jesus (John 14:12).
They were waiting with expectation of the Promise and power from God.
And through their faith and expectation, they received all Jesus said they would, and did great works in Jesus name, performing many miracles, signs, and wonders....

That same power is alive today....it is the power of God, and we have this very power in us (if we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) through the Holy Spirit.

And if we are faithful and live with the expectation that God wants to and will bless and equip us to do great and mighty works in Jesus name, as well as to ensure we have provision and health....
Then we will see the same miracles, signs, and wonders, as well as never lack and always have abundance.....

Remember this though, the abundance that we receive is not for us to keep ourselves....


Expect God to deliver greatness, and you will receive the greatness of God....

 

Kingdom Minded, Kingdom Focused

It does not take great faith to see the hand and power of God move in and upon your life….it just takes faith and trust.

When we have faith in God and trust in Him, believing He can and will, then we will see our faith begin to flourish and the wonderful works of God take place in and through our lives. 
We must remain focused upon God, upon His Kingdom, and upon His Word.

Paul tells us in Colossians 3:1-2;
“If you then were raised with Christ, desire those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth.”

Our focus is not upon the things of the earth, but upon the things of heaven, upon the throne and upon Him (Jesus) who sits upon the throne.

Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33;
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.

We must place our focus upon God first, above anything else in our lives. He is our Creator, our Strength, our Provider, Protector, and in Him we find purpose. And when God is first in our lives, then our faith will be revealed, and His power will move in and through us.

Matthew 17:20(b);
For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you.

Luke 17:6:
The Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Matthew 13:31-32;
He told them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 This indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs and is a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.”

Luke 13:18-19;
Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

Mark 4:30-32;
He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God, or with what parable shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed which, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest seed on earth. 32 Yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all shrubs, and shoots out great branches, so that the birds of the air may nest in its shade.”

One thing we must remember is this, when we give all of ourselves to Christ, and live for Him; we will find great opposition come upon our lives. Not only from strangers, but from those who are close to us as well. We will face many spiritual battles, but we must remember the victory is won. We cannot allow ourselves to become frustrated, nor can we allow ourselves to give up. We are not just saved, sanctified, and redeemed, we are also children of the Living God, and if we are His children, we are then brothers and sisters to Christ, and heirs to the throne.

Romans 8:16-19;
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. 19 The eager expectation of the creation waits for the appearance of the sons of God.
So remember, that no matter what we go through, no matter the opposition that comes our way, we are not alone, Jesus went through it all while here on earth, and He continues to go through it all with us today.

Hebrews 4:15;
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin.

John 15:18-21;
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, the world therefore hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.


John 16:33;
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”

 

Sin separates us from God…

It is only through Jesus Christ, that we can repent and seek forgiveness of and in turning away from our sins, we can be forgiven and cleansed of our sins, and able to commune with God…

If we continue in sin, God will no longer hear our prayers…
A life of sin leads us down a very dangerous road…
Romans 6:23(a);
For the wages of sin is death…

Isaiah 59:2;
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

Proverbs 1:24-28;
20 Wisdom cries out in the street;
she raises her voice in the public squares.
21 She calls out at the busiest part of the noisy streets,
and at the entrance to the gates of the city she utters her words:
22 “You naïve ones, how long will you love naiveté?
And how long will scoffers delight in scoffing
or fools hate knowledge?”
23 Return to my correction!
Look, I will pour out my spirit on you,
and I will make my words known to you.
24 “Because I called out to you and you refused to respond—
I appealed, but no one paid attention—
25 because you neglected all my advice
and did not want my correction,
26 I will laugh at your calamity.
I will mock when what you fear comes,
27 when what you dread comes like a storm,
and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will call out to me,
but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently,
but they will not find me.
29 “Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the LORD;
30 they did not want my advice,
and they rejected all my correction.
31 They will eat the fruit of their way,
and they will be filled with their own devices.
32 Indeed, the waywardness of the naïve will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 “But the person who listens to me will live safely
and will be secure from the fear of evil.”

Psalm 66:18;
If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.

Romans 6:23;
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 3:19;
19 Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.

Acts 16:31;

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 

 

As I was reading through Mark, and the Lord spoke to me on a particular piece in Mark chapter 16…

In Mark 16:7, at the empty tomb where Jesus was buried, sat an angel, and the angel told Mary and Mary Magdalene to go and tell the disciples that Jesus is going before them in Galilee, and they will all see Him there, just as Jesus had told His disciples He would…

Jesus has always gone before us…
So we can know that no matter where God may lead us, Jesus is already there, preparing for our arrival (John 14:3-4)…
And He is always by our side, seeing us through (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5)…

So we can know this…
No matter what we may go through…no matter what storms may come our way…
There is nothing that can keep us from victory in Christ…

Romans 8:31-39;
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The hardships of life will leave us cracked and shattered…
But when we place our lives in God’s hands, He will work in and through us to remove all that is cracked and shattered in us…

Understand this, the work that God does in and through our lives is a process…It takes time...
And God will not stop until He is satisfied with the outcome…

Know this:
You will only be as good as you allow God to make you…
And if you allow God to complete His work…
You will be better than good…You will be great…

Jeremiah 18:2-4;
“Go down at once to the potter’s house. I will speak to you further there.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house and found him working at his wheel. 4 Now and then there would be something wrong with the pot he was molding from the clay with his hands. So he would rework the clay into another kind of pot as he saw fit.

 

And there was Jesus, beaten to a bloody pulp….His flesh ripped and torn…His body weak and now so frail...His beard ripped off His face, He was mocked, spit upon, smacked and punched, and a crown of thorns pushed down into His head…and He could not even be recognized as a man. Most would consider all He went through hell, but now, there He was, hanging on the cross, the very breath He breathed, being squeezed out of Him. He was nailed to tree, cursed, to die for a people who rejected, scorned, hated, and abandoned Him. Roman soldiers yelling at Him, “If you are the Son of God, then bring yourself down from there.” But He didn’t…..He only said “I thirst,” and then moments later said, “It is finished….” And He breathed His last breath and died. Satan, for a moment…..a brief moment, actually thought he had defeated the Son of God….he thought he had the victory over God....but those words…..those words that Jesus spoke right before He gave up His Spirit to the Father…..”It is finished!”

For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Yes, Jesus went through all this suffering and pain for us.

Why?

Because of the great and powerful love that He has for us.
Because of His great desire and longing to share His love with us.
Because He wants us to know, He is willing to do whatever it takes, and to go wherever it takes, in order for us to know His deep, powerful, and awe-inspiring love for us.
Because God truly loves you, and He wants you to know, you have never been alone, and you will never have to be.

If God went through all this to show us His great love for us, imagine what He will do after He puts that love in our hearts...


 
 

 

It seems we (the church) have forgone the stipulations Christ gave us regarding discipleship, and what the cost of following Christ will cost, as well as the cost of attempting to gain what the world has to offer us.

So many have turned away from serving God, and most of them have so, not because of God, but because of the actions and lifestyles of leadership within the church. And sadly, they have placed blame for their pain, heartache, rejections, and anger, that was caused by men, upon God.

We as the body of Christ, as His leaders, need to examine our lives, our actions, and the words in which we have spoken, and see if they are aligning with Christ and His word, as well as if we are truly attempting to be imitators and ambassadors of Christ ourselves.

We can have all the fancy and high tech equipment, a beautiful sanctuary, the best looking clothes, and we can deliver a powerful message...but if we are not living as followers and disciples of Christ, we are living and teaching in vain.

 

Matthew 16:24-27 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, 
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

 

God is so good (Psalm 100:5).
He is our provider (Philippians 4:19), protector (Isaiah 25:4),
and the very breath in which we breathe (Job 33:4).

Jesus said that He came to give us life, and that life to be in abundance (John 10:10).
And all He asks is that we trust and believe in who He is
(John 6:29).

He is truly an awesome God! (Psalm 47:2)

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