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Giving Ourselves to God

January 29th, 2010 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

The Bible tells us that, in light of all that God has done for us, we should then present ourselves to Him. If we will do this, then we will know His will for our lives.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:1-2:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

What does that mean, to present our bodies? It means that you give your whole self to Christ, and Christ alone.

1. We need to present our minds.

Fill your mind with the Word of God, not the junk and twisted worldview of our culture.

A recent survey revealed that America’s children and teenagers are now spending an average of more than 7 1/2 hours a day involved in electronic media (TV, video games, listening to music, surfing the Web, texting, and e-mailing).

We all need to think more about godly things! As Paul wrote to the Philippian church, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).

2. We need to present our tongues.

This refers to how we use our words, what we say to others.

We do great harm and great good with our words. One world can elevate, or devastate. The Bible tells us, “So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire” (James 3:5).

We need to T.H.I.N.K. before we speak (for more on this, check out my post here).

3. We need to present our hands and feet too!

Among the seven things listed in Proverbs 16 that the Lord hates are “hands that kill the innocent . . . feet that race to do wrong.” (Proverbs 16:7-8).

How much more glorious is it to have our hands and feet take the gospel to a lost and dying world! Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

I urge you to present your body to Him today and every day!

4 Responses to “Giving Ourselves to God”

  1. nina luzania says:

    dear Greg,,i dont know if am writting on the proper sight but i just want to tell you hoe much i love you and the wonderful messages God has sent you. I have been listening to your radio services for 23 yrs. and had been going to harvest for the past 9 yrs up until march 0f 2009. I miss you and the services so much.I wish things were different and i could have a job and home to live in, in Riverside but until then am just going to pray that God will come soon. you and your family and Harvest are always in my thoughts and prays sincerly, Nina

  2. Anonymous says:

    it is not very easy… but truthful …no doubt

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Greg,

    I think maybe there is a typo in this message. I looked up Proverbs 16:7-8 in my New Kings James bible and didn’t find the same Scripture quoted. I read all of Proverbs 16 and still couldn’t find the verse about “hands that kill the innocent…”. I’m not sure if you are testing us or it was just an honest mistake:) In any case, please let me know where I can find the Scripture. I think you’re great and if the Lord didn’t use you the way he does to positively affect Christians’ walks, I would’ve fallen away many times. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

    Greg Responds-
    OOPS!
    It’s a typo.
    That reference is Prov 6:16-18
    Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  4. Anonymous says:

    AMEN! and AMEN!!

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