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The Terms of Surrender

It's amazing how many people say "Why doesn't God do this" or "God needs to do x, y, or z, and I mean it!" and yet it's God who must perform, and they have no obligation to Him whatsoever. What this is called is trying to have God on our own terms. It doesn't work. We want to have Jesus, and yet to continue living as if we have not been saved or changed by Grace. Again, it doesn't work. When we come to the cross, there are certain, non-negotiable terms of surrender we must accept: He is God, we are not. He makes the rules. (John 14:15) We are sinners, and need to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sin(Acts 2:38)

Our way doesn't work: we need to surrender to Him. (Romans 12:1-2) Indeed, how we are isn't who we should be: we must be born again (John 3:1-21) This isn't about works. We are saved by Grace through Faith. What I'm talking about IS faith. The New and Old Testaments look to Abraham's Righteousness. Abraham didn't have works of the Law. He had love of God. He BELIEVED God, and it was counted to him as Righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:9, Romans 4:22, Galatians 3:6, Titus 3:9, James 2:23). When we come to Jesus, but don't surrender, don't seek change, don't seek reconciliation or forgiveness, we try and have God on our terms, which is what happened in the Garden of Eden! It doesn't work! God sent Jesus to reconcile creation to Himself, but it was on His terms. Jesus died for us, the LEAST we can do is live for Him as He desires. He said "If you love me, obey my commandments (John 14:15)," where is the proof in your life that you love Him? John 14:15-24 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

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