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Surrender

  • Then Jesus told His disciples, If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24.25 ESV

    I stood at a crossroad in my life and wondered which path to take. At this point, I could continue pursuing a career as a musician who played all night and slept all day. Or I could enroll in Bible college and just trust God. I had to make a choice.

    On one side I felt like I was giving up my life, certainly all the fun in it. On the other, I had this nagging feeling that the Lord wanted me to do this to prepare for something else. Somehow I knew there was more to life than this. I ended up surrendering to His will and enrolled in school. Soon enough, I had lost every friend and fan that I had, just as I thought I would.

    After surrendering to His will, my life changed. Where I thought that I was losing the life I had, I actually found something so much greater. I had actually found my life, and the fun soon began.

    God has a plan and a purpose for you, but it requires total surrender to see it. At first it looks like sacrifice, but in the end the life that He gives you back is so much greater than what you gave Him. When God gives you a chance to lay your life down for Him, surrender.

    Prayer: Father, I will go wherever you tell me. I surrender to Your will. Use me as You see fit and give me Your vision, in the name of Jesus.

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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Oh  how I can relate! When my right hand was severed (in pieces, actually, but I'll skip the detail) my dream of being a Dressage rider or jockey was shattered. I was also at that crossroads in my life; I chose Nursing because I wanted to make a difference in my little world.Despite my re-attached hand and eating disorder (which was not under control until I turned 36) I think I did make a positive impact on my patients and kept in touch with many of them.
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Ruth Roberts
Ruth Roberts This message is so on point for me today.  I started my devotions today repenting and surrender my ALL to Jesus and telling him I only want his perfect will for my life.  To use me as he sees fit for his KINGDOM.  Then I opened your email and read your devotion....God knows exactly what, when and how we need to hear and see his way and not our way.  Thank you for sharing your heart continuously.  Be bless and may God continue to grant you favor as you continue pursuing him.
June 6, 2015
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Dennis Bradburn
Dennis Bradburn Excellent ! God bless you ! Just what I needed !!!:God is Good ...
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen something I need to totally do 
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan When in Him-Jesus~ its a whole nother world! I'm coming from back when I was there! To have a "Voice" there in your Spirit head, is everything! See I've lost that years ago!! Picking up booze rather than picking up the phone did the tirick! Yep set Me apart and out on My own!!  My idea was I could bring Him the great walk and program with Me!!! Surprise little by little it all fell apart!! Now I was dealing with reality! First I condoned My reasoning for My choice! I missed the point that I still had this flaw in Me! Ah the one to ask for help! All the garbage involved with that was bitting Me!! Whoa it all changed! I don't think Our Great Lord hears the crys of His Warrior suffering from a addiction He took back on, by not playing this work of His by obeying the rules!! Now I shall be taught great lessons for My choice! Its been 3 years and still trying too get one month back clean and serine!!!! Me today 5 days clean!!!!!!!!!!!
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Annette Walton
Annette Walton Amen
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Terry  Daniels
Terry Daniels I was there 3 months ago. I knew in my heart the Lord Jesus was calling me to something more than just the prophetic and music ministries . I had a desire to pastor , yet it did not seem as if any doors were opening in my church until, a missionary gave a terrific message. In my heart I knew I was being led into missions  yet I questioned God on how could I be called when I have no resources to be sent over seas?  Then one day meeting with the elders of my church they confirmed that God had called me and this was a much different missions.  See you can be called and yet not necessarily called to physical travel.  They confirmed and said God is calling you to both global outreach missions through use of social media and face book , plus a local missions outreach in your own community.  That was on a Friday . I surrendered and prayed and on Sunday morning 2 days later, Word of God Speak  ( WOGS ) Global Missionary outreach was birthed on Facebook. God through the Holy Spirit  had given me the name. We started it with 2 members , my friend/mentor/and Pastor who is now Pastor in our group  Reggie Graham and myself. 3 months later because of being faithful daily , we as of today 6/6/2015 we have 518 members Praise the name of Yeshua Hamashiac!!!     And just 2 days ago on Thursday 6/4/2015  a door was open to be blessed with our first ever matching furniture in 13 years of marriage and the lady who blessed us freely was going in for corrective surgery to her inward parts .  I asked permission to lay hands on and pray for and with her before we left?  My wife Melinda and I each laid hands on her and prayed for . We all 3 left with so much joy and peace knowing Jesus had heard and answered the prayer we prayed. Point in the testimony is this was the birth of our local mission outreach .  And now another door has opened to me out of obedience for prison ministry to the men in the prison.  When you surrender to the will of God for one's life it is amazing and there is so much peace and joy given in that surrender. May God Bless those who read this and may they be Encouraged by this testimony in Jesus Name!!!!
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Agnello Sagar
Agnello Sagar Amen!!!
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Linda Leeke
Linda Leeke am there.. and He is leading...
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda It is not easy to surrender. I am in the same scenerial and am wondering what i should do. I feel so strongly i should get into ministry. Help me in prayer so that God can direct me in the right direction
June 6, 2015
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chris Raby
chris Raby Brother Mike, i have read yoir message n i want to say i am so proud of you, whether it 5 years, 1 day or 5 days you are stepping in the right direction,  let god lead your future steps, call upon encouraging christians to help, i will continue to pray food you, love ya brother, AMEN 
June 6, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the message!
June 6, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God sees the whole picture, we only see part of it.
June 6, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Dear Lord, help me to surrender to You always and may Your will be done in my life.Thank you Pastor for such a wonderful message.
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith I surrender and say yes Lord to your will and to your way, I'll forever trust Him and with my whole heart I'll obey. Amen
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Rhoda  Mora
Rhoda Mora Amen!!
June 6, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I commit to you. Lord my life today teach me amen
June 6, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! sometimes it is frustrating when He doesn't  reveal His plans. We can only pray and trust that He will in His perfect timing.
June 6, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Mike the important thing is keep getting up and trying again. I pray that the Lord will guide you through this time and completely deliver you from the things that hold you in Jesus name.
June 6, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Father, I will go wherever you tell me. I surrender to Your will. Use me as You see fit and give me Your vision, in the name of Jesus.
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell AMEN AMEN AMEN... THANK YOU FATHER, FOR YOUR WILL :-)
June 6, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I pray O LORD GOD to please hear me so I can see the HOLY SPIRIT in my life guiding me to where you want me to be as I surrender my heart my soul and spirit to thy will. Amen
June 6, 2015
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Deleted Member What a beautiful prayer. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Jesus let me surrender my all and guide me to where you would have me be.
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, He will always be right on time for His children.
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Deleted Member Amen, when we commit it all to Jesus, we don't have to worry about it anymore or carry the burdens anymore, because when we put our trust in Him, He will take care of us.
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Deleted Member A beautiful prayer.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Yes, He knows the end of our story, when we feel we can't feel or see what Jesus has for us, always know He see's it all and He will take care of it all. God bless you
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Deleted Member Jesus, please touch and guide and give Your perfect directions to Celestina, in Jesus Name we pray and believe. 
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord, give it all to Him and He will never ever lead you the wrong way. He is always right there beside you. God bless you
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Deleted Member Praise The Lord for hearing and answering our prayers and for us to hear His call and answer and follow Him in His perfect will for our lives.
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Deleted Member You will be in my prayers daily. Just give it all to Jesus and trust Him and He will give you the strength and courage to be what He wants you to be. Always remember Jesus loves you so much and He is watching over you. Please always know you have friends here at RHM that will pray with and for you day or night. God bless you 
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Deleted Member Amen, It is so amazing how God is always right on time. He knows our every need and worry. He loves us and He wants the very best for His children.
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Deleted Member Amen, Jesus has a wonderful purpose and plan for each of us.
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Ruth Roberts
Ruth Roberts AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
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Ruth Roberts
Ruth Roberts AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
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Ruth Roberts
Ruth Roberts AMEN, AMEN, AMEN and you are so right.  He's an ON TIME GOD!
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Joan Buxman
Joan Buxman On June 1st I celebrated 24 years of sobriety. I was certain that when I got sober I wouldn't have any fun ever again & would lose all my friends.  Ha!!! Since I've been saved by the Grace of God my life has been enriched a million times over. I would NEVER give up the life I have now for what I thought was a life then.  I haven't missed any of the people I thought were my friends either. Although quite a few have found their way to my side of salvation. Thank you Jesus!!
June 6, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams I THOUGHT THAT PEOPLE WHO WERE SAVED HAD NO FUN BUT I'VE LEARNED JUST THE OPPOSITE MY  LIFE HAS CHANGED SO MUCH FOR THE BETTER SINCE I SURRENDERED TO THE WILL OF GOD I PRAY THAT HIS VISION FOR MY LIFE WILL BE MADE PERFECTLY CLEAR.....
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, use me Lord how you want to use me, I'm ready to surrender all to you. Thank you pastor Todd
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  He has something better for us.
June 7, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Making a decision to choose for anything can be has good or badconsequences
June 7, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Sorry to hear that.  You so the ending of Job & how God corrected the so call friends.  Paul didn't seem to be out for fun when he pushed himself to pass the message..Going with out food or being ship wrecked was not fun.  God gives callings.  Not all are called in field as Paul.  Job was used big by God & at the Blessed tremendously.  Not all get the thing we go thru.  Usually I find they haven't been there.  Jesus gets it.  He is my best friend.  He understands all we go thru.  I find in His Word the telling of how Jesus went thru something we went thru.  He was in flesh & gets it:). I am down sometimes & remember then with Holy Spirit revealing truth to remember that ministers better than any person.  Yet we do have people connected to God closely & can help much.  Pastor Dion & Sylvia for instance. Blessings Marilyn:)
June 7, 2015
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Vicki Stone
Vicki Stone Amen!!! Blessed be His name.
June 7, 2015