// All to Jesus I surrender. Humbly at His feet, I bow. Worldly pleasures all forsaken. //

I Surrender All: Cece Winans

Relationship with Christ trumps religious rule every time.

Welcome, Chasers!!

How can we already be over halfway through March? That means we are almost 1/4 of the way through this year. Crazy. Can you feel the pressure?

This week it hit me like a ton of bricks. Have you ever been in your day to day life and thought, man, did I do everything I needed to today? Not only can this said about our everyday life, but people also seem to think it applies to our spiritual life as well. What does that even mean?

So, in the Christian world you’re a “good” Christian if you do this, that, and the other. If you miss a step or slack off from what you’re used to people judge you for it. I want to make a point by saying people judge you for it.

We get it in our head that we need to base everything we do by others. What we eat. What we watch. Where we go. When we go. It is easy to get self-absorbed in people’s opinion. The problem comes when what God says about you or His thoughts towards you conflict with those people’s opinions.

This isn’t everybody. It’s not always all the time. It’s not even on every subject or area of your life. My question is, will you believe God vs the voice of the people when He speaks. Sometimes it’s easier than others. However, we also get to a place where it’s not ok. We’re not ok. We struggle to even hear God. Where is He? Did He leave? Am I alone, again?

While we need people. We need the right people. We need leaders and motivators. Not just any person but Godly people. Men and women of faith to help guide us when there seems to be a disconnect. These people become family.

“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:2-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So as the book of Titus shows it’s everyone’s job. Young and old. Male and female. So what if you mess up? If you don’t get the check for the day? Do you just fail the day, fail at life?

NO!!!

Because we make a mistake or start sliding off the path doesn’t mean we are bad, or that we have failed. We just missed the mark. If sin is involved, repent. Repent is a scary and misused word. To repent is to be sorry for your action and to turn from it. He is faithful to forgive and forget. He’s not like people you’ve met that just say it to say it. When He forgets it’s gone. The issue then becomes we pick it back up or hold the shame and guilt as our security.

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is boiling down to one thing. Stop letting other people’s opinion determine your personal walk with the Lord. It’s not worth the heartache. Because you can’t serve God and people. You must make a choice. Join us next week in our series conclusion. Is there a right type of pressure?

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