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Surrender to Jesus
April 2, 2012
by Pastor Steve Thorson, Crossroads Community Church, Cokato

God has set up the world in such a way that there is always justice. Sin will be punished. The consequence is death. Take time to read James 2:10 and Revelation 20:11-25.

Nothing can rescue you – except Jesus, risen from the dead. God has provided a way, one way, to take away all of your sins.

As we read in First Peter, chapter 2:24-25, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

Have you returned? Have you come back to God? Have you asked him for grace? Or are you still fighting?

Anything you have or anything you do that gives you spiritual strength outside of a personal relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you – anything other than that is an idol, a lie, a trick from hell. And it will not protect you.

Without Jesus, there is no hope. Your sins will follow you until the day you die. And then comes judgment.

But when you surrender to Jesus, you will find life, you will find freedom, you will find joy, you will find total and tremendous peace. Read Revelation 21:1-7.

That’s why we have “church.” We hear the promises of God. We receive grace and mercy, for the first time or for the twelve hundredth time. We come to surrender, to release control to God.

Then transformation can begin. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, the Holy Spirit can take hold of you. You can be remade from the inside out.

You do not need to keep living the way you are living today. You can quit hiding, quit pretending, stop being afraid, stop avoiding whatever it is that is most troubling . . . because the Lord will be with you, He will fight for you, not against you; and you will be His – not just now, but forever and ever. In Jesus’ name.