This is part IV in a series on the Holy Spirit
As mentioned last week: Many of us do not want to admit that there is something lacking in our spiritual lives. Pride, religious upbringing, denominationalism, etc. will keep scores of Christians from experiencing the life changing power of God.
Sadly, very few know about the surrendered life. We enjoy blessings, love, and happiness, but not repentance, longsuffering, and surrender. We quote Deuteronomy 28:2, “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…” but tend to overlook the last half, “because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” We are encouraged by Deuteronomy 28:13, “And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath…” But cringe at Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Historically, Christian leaders were identified by their actions with words such as “total dedication,” “committed completely to God,” “gave myself fully to Him,” and “surrendered all”. But the church today, in general, knows little about the surrendered life. We lean toward “feel good messages.” We are having our ears tickled, but our lifestyles are not challenged. We turn from truth and allow cultural trends to redefine morality. We absorb what we want to hear and dismiss what we need to hear.