Y-I-E-L-D – Romans 6:1-13

How many times have you looked at yourself for the answers or your own ability or strength to survive and meet your needs? It is not your ability that counts when it comes to experiencing victory in Christ. Guess what, it’s not your responsibility either. To experience victory in Christ daily is done by properly responding to God’s ability. You must choose and realize you cannot do anything without Him. And God will not do anything without you. We must yield to God. If you want to experience the victorious abundant life, you must begin by yielding to everything to Jesus with all of your heart – not half-heartedness. Strength is found in yielding to Christ. Assurance and hope are found in yielding to Christ. Abundant life is experienced only in yielding to Christ. Are you fighting God for control or looking at yourself for the answers today – YIELD TO CHRIST!

PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pursue Excellence – Hebrews 10:10-25

I have heard it stated so many times to me as a pastor, “I don’t go to church anymore because church people are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.” I have to agree with that assessment, we are or at least we can be. We have been bought with a price but we do not always act or live as we should but that doesn’t mean we give up on the church either. Do you think a perfect church would be a church filled with perfect people? That would not be church at all. There is no such thing as a perfect church. The church is made up of a body of believers and believers are all in different stages of growth in Christ. Sometimes we are still moving forward and growing sometimes we have relapses in the flesh. If you are looking for the perfect church you are going to be miserable and you are going to make everybody else miserable too. Why, because nothing will ever be good enough. The fellowship will never be sweet or long enough. The teacher or preacher will not be “feeding” you enough. You will always have a problem with the music – too loud, not loud enough, to slow, to fast. Nothing satisfies because of unrealistic false expectations. God is not looking for a perfect church but He is looking for an excellent church. An excellent church is a body of believers that live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and Great Commandments (Matthew 12:28-31) A church centered on building and making disciples in everything we say and do is a church in pursuit of excellence.

PRAYER – Lord, help me to realize how badly I not only need You in my life but how badly I need the church in my life. I need the brothers and sisters You have brought in my life to speak Truth into me and me into them. Help us to be a church in pursuit of excellence for Your honor and glory! In Jesus name, Amen.

How Do You Value Yourself? Romans 12:3-5

Do you try to be the best or to do your best? The perfectionist has to be the best or has to be #1. This is who I use to be when it came to baseball. When you are a perfectionist, you are never satisfied. One reason a person becomes a perfectionist is because they cannot accept themselves. True God desires for us to walk humbly in Him and to depend on Him. However, God doesn’t want to us to think of ourselves as being unacceptable. The grace of God exalts a man without inflating and it humbles a man without degrading him. The person who seeks to do their best leaves the results up to God understanding that I am what I am by the grace of God. So, where do you find your value? Do you value yourself by what you do or by who’s you are? Peace is found in understanding that it’s not about what you do but who’s you are!

PRAYER – Lord, help me to see that my value is not found in what I do but found in who I am in You. I do not seek to be the best at anything – I do not want to raise myself up. However, I seek to give You my best in everything I do for Your honor and glory. You alone are worthy of praise. May I keep my heart on You. In Your Name, Amen.

Transformation In The Toughest Of Times – Romans 8:10-28

What is God’s plan for you? God’s plan is in transformation of you, not leaving you the same. God’s desire is to enlarge you, not indulge you. God’s primary interest in your life is making you holy, not necessarily happy and healthy. God’s ways are higher than ours. Knowing all of this, we can then understand that sometimes God will allow trouble to come into our life. I know you probably have either read or previously memorized Psalm 23 before, but read it again. Psalm 23 is not just for funerals or times of sadness. God desires to grow you not leave you the same. What times of your life have you grown spiritually the most? If we are being honest, must of us realize that we have grown the most in times of despair and trouble. Within moments of despair and trouble, we are stretched to the end of ourselves and stretched. I love have peace in my life but honestly I can say that it has been in times of despair that I have grown the most.

PRAYER – Lord, I don’t always understand what You are doing in and around me in the moment. However, I know that all things work together for good. You are moving all around me to transform me. In Jesus name, Amen.

Life Without Conviction Is NO Life – Hebrews 12:1-13

God’s Word tells us all who believe are a child of God and considered “saints” by God. Therefore the question arises, can a child of God sin? Yes. Can a child of God sin and not suffer? Absolutely not. If I am living in sin and do not feel the rebuke and conviction of God, I can with certain say, “you are not a child of God.” God corrects us, rebukes us, and convicts us when we sin. Sometimes people have the idea that God just overlooks our sin and tosses it away. When we sin, God puts His hand on us and squeezes. If you have ever sinned and have felt or know that pressure, thank God for it. We are “called to be saints.” (1 Cor. 1:2) And in this God will help us grow with corrective action to address the sin in our lives. A saint is not someone who is not going to sin but one who will follow the correcting of the Father. Proverbs 3:12 says, “For whom the LORD loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Conviction is an indicator of our salvation in Christ. Adrian Rogers stated, “The most miserable man in the world is not an unsaved man. The most miserable man in the world is a child of God out of fellowship with God.” See God’s face this week for your life.

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen