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Pastors and Churches: Surrender
I feel that most pastors and churches would agree that there continues to be a deep need for a spiritual revival in our churches today. We need to decide, as pastors and churches, to deal honestly with God’s desires for us to give our full allegiance to Him. Until we surrender to Him fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, limited to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is when Jesus is free to be who He wants to be in, through, and around us. A surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival, especially when both are surrendered at the same time.
Give Yourself to God Completely
I believe we are more likely to give ourselves to God more completely when we allocate a day or a period of days to some level of prayer and fasting. No, this is not always necessary, but at least consider it if it seems to be needed. Open your heart to whatever God wants you to do. Spiritual revival comes when we give ourselves to God completely. Revival is the manifest presence of God in our lives. Until the church of Jesus Christ regains its spiritual power, recaptures its spiritual passion, is willing to pay the price, and begins to demonstrate an unfailing love for Jesus Christ, it will remain lukewarm, out of touch, ineffective, purposeless, nonproductive, and impotent spiritually.
Give 100% of Yourself to Jesus
I often pray: Lord, I give 100% of me to 100% of You so that 100% of You will work through 100% of me! A spiritual breakthrough begins with personally surrendering oneself fully to God, transferring all ownership to the one true Owner, Jesus Christ. We do not need to grab, but to release. We do not live with our hands in fists, but with our hands open. We will never choose to let God have His way with us if we continue to hang on to our own desires, our own dreams, and our own bondage.
God Knows What is Best for Us
In wartime, if our enemy captures us, we are commanded to surrender. At that moment, we have a choice. We can take our chances, make a run for it, and hope for the best. But if an armed enemy pursues us, we have little chance of physical survival. When God asks us to surrender to Him, the analogy is the same except for one key point: God is not the enemy. He is our Father and our Friend. He knows what’s best for us. We need to surrender our lives to God in the same way a child holds up his arms surrendering to his parents.
Surrendering to God is abandoning all that we have in order to receive all that God possesses. When we enter God’s gateway to supernatural power for living, we begin to learn what a surrendered and exchanged life is all about. We begin to hear God speak to us in a voice we’ve never heard before. It’s not a harsh voice, but rather the voice of a waiting Father who will always tell us the truth.
Pastors and Churches, Surrender 100% of Yourselves to God Today
I continually challenge my Cross Church Family: Stop being content living life, doing family, working in the marketplace, and doing ministry through the local church without the power of God. This challenge is not just appropriate for each of us in my church but may even be worthy of consideration for you and your church.
I have believed this and said for years: Pastors, stop being content to live personally and do ministry daily without the power of God. This is not God’s will nor God’s way. There is a better way! What is it?
Pastor, surrender your life and ministry to God completely. Church, surrender all you are and have to God fully. Whatever it is Pastor, and whatever it is Church, surrender it to God fully. Right now. Not later. Today.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd
America Needs a Spiritual Breakthrough
America is broken and in deep need of a spiritual breakthrough. Division and hatefulness are abounding as none of us would ever imagine. Our greatest hope is a spiritual breakthrough in America.
While America Divides Further, Billions Across the World Need Jesus
Billions of people are in need of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As more than one-half of the global population is now living in the cities of the world, missional strategies that address reaching the cities must emerge.
We are seeing the persecution of Christians across the globe escalate, and it feels close to home with American pastor Andrew Brunson being held unjustly in Turkey.
We are facing one of the most dangerous times across the globe in our lifetime. While encouragement occurs from time to time, we remain in fragile moments globally. We need a spiritual breakthrough.
Yet, for those of us who know Christ personally, we are well aware that our greatest hope for the world is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and make disciples of all nations.
Sadly, a divided church has a hard time calling a divided nation to unity, and we have an even more difficult time keeping our focus on the gospel and it being the greatest hope for every person in the world.
America is Also in Great Need Spiritually
Across the nation, missiologists remind us regularly of the extreme spiritual lostness in our own nation. As this lostness escalates across America, our spiritual crisis is undeniable.
This is a time when the churches across our land need to rise up and meet this opportune moment with hope. Our churches must be even more committed to sharing Christ endlessly within our town, city, or region.
The churches in America are in need of a spiritual visitation by the Holy Spirit that will call them out of their lukewarm status and cause them to return to the power of the gospel. Jesus is still the greatest hope in every town, city, and region in America.
Politically, America is in trouble. The disappointment of our political leaders not working together for the common good of our nation has Americans filled with all sorts of emotions, many of which are not healthy. This partisan decision making is hurting the progress and future of our nation greatly.
Our politics represents our spiritual condition in America as well as the brokenness in families, churches, and pretty well every area in American life. This does not deserve applause, but spiritual humility and brokenness.
Yes, we need a spiritual breakthrough in America.
Only God Can Give Us A Spiritual Breakthrough
We need a major spiritual breakthrough in America and around the world. Jesus is still the answer and the gospel is still our hope. The churches across America and the globe must experience a spiritual awakening and find a way to prioritize sharing the gospel again.
Our churches must call out to God like never before. Our desperation for a breakthrough of God will be met with mercy and grace from the Lord alone.
May the power of God come upon us until the breakthroughs come.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
President, National Day of Prayer
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, President of the National Day of Prayer, and founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry.
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