Surrender to God is very simple in it’s directive but can seem complicated because of programmed ideas associated with our everyday lives. When we start a new job, for example, there are expectations and processes that are different than a previous employer. We need to learn how to interact with that new team and their heart behind what they do. Moving from being someone who serves themselves to someone who serves God can be a challenge. Even the process of God revealing an area of life that needs change can be hard but necessary.
I think it is important to understand a key truth when it comes to surrendering areas of your life to God. In fact, there is one simple truth that people who surrender to God need to realize. When you have a moment of revelation about an adjustment you need to make in your relationship with Jesus and decide to live in a different direction, there are probably people around you who have not had that same revelation and can seem like a challenge to deal with. The spectrum of people you will interact with can be those who don’t know Jesus yet and are still in full fight mode with themselves and everything around them while trying to find peace in all the wrong places. You can also have people who have given their hearts to Jesus but do not operate from a position of love and mercy. They don’t have a revelation of the joy of the Lord and the power that comes from a realization of the mercy that God showed THEM at some point in their lives.
When we surrender to God's perfect peace, we can be challenged by the ignorant actions of people around us. Surrender to God is not just deciding that what we were doing was wrong but also keeping our eyes on Jesus and not on the challenging relationships that will be more evident in a life of surrender.
Please also consider the example you will be setting for people who are possibly still bound in some way to the lies of the devil. Your example may be exactly what people around you need and will help them make the same change you did someday. Learn to live in the comfort and peace of knowing that God has others, as much as you, in his hands. In fact, there may be something that you are doing right now that is being a challenge to another follower of Christ that THEY have already had a revelation about and changed.
Have a great day and believing for God to reveal himself to you in a new way not to discourage you in how far you have to go with him but to help you see how far you have come and the power of submitting everyday to God and his will.
Sunday's Movie (3pm MT)- China Cry
Sunday, August 19th at 3pm MT
The true story of Sung Neng Yee, now known as Nora "Lamb", who escaped from Communist China to Hong Kong some thirty years ago and now lives in the United States.
Ways to Watch:
Denver, Northern Colorado & Cheyenne (KQDK/KQCK):
Comcast (Ch 643 HD & Ch 51 sd) - Dish (Ch 55 HD & sd) - Antenna (Ch 39.1, .2, .3 or 33.1, .2, .3)
TDS Telecommunications (Estes Park- Ch 94 / Arvada- Ch 91 / Ft. Collins- Ch 92)
Charter/Spectrum in Cheyenne (Ch 15 sd & Ch 512 HD)
Colorado Springs & Pueblo (KWHS):
Comcast (Colorado Springs- Ch 6 / Pueblo- Ch 385) - Antenna (Ch 51.1 & .2)
Ft. Carson (Ch 88) / Peterson AFB (Ch 51) / Air Force Academy (Ch 6)
Prism/Century Link (Ch 51) - TVision (Rye/Colorado City Ch 156)
*If you are not in the Denver/Cheyenne/Colorado Springs or Pueblo area or want to watch it on a tablet, smartphone or computer, you can stream at Rockymountainctn.com
By Allen Webster- www.housetohouse.com
"Four Just One Soul"
God will move heaven and earth rather than allow a soul to miss heaven. A case in point is the providence involved in the conversion of Lydia of Thyatira (Acts 16).
Providence refers to “that continuous activity of God whereby He makes all the events (that happen in the world) work out His purposes.”1Paul wrote, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Kingdoms, lives, and events cooperated unwittingly to bring about human salvation (Galatians 4:4). Daily events are altered to reach people with the gospel. If we saw the circumstances around us as God sees them, we would doubtless admire His wisdom in working the spiritual world around the physical one (cf. Isaiah 55:8–9; Romans 11:33).
In this case, remarkably, four of God’s most important resources—Paul, Silas, Luke, and Timothy—were allocated to the task of winning one woman a continent away.
GOD’S PROVIDENCE IS SEEN IN CLOSED DOORS.It is not surprising that God opens doors. Jesus said, “I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Revelation 3:8; cf. 1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Corinthians 2:12). It might be surprising, however, that God closes doors (Acts 16:5–8).
God temporarily closed the whole west coast of Asia Minor to mission work. Paul’s team passed through Phrygia and Galatia, but they “were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia” (16:6). They went to Mysia and tried “to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them” (16:7). This must have baffled Paul.
Since the group had come from the east and could not go south or north, they continued west, eventually coming to Troas, near ancient Troy. “Go to Philippi,” said the Macedonian call (16:9). Why? A lady named Lydia is there.
GOD’S PROVIDENCE IS SEEN IN BRINGING LYDIA TO PHILIPPI.Lydia was not from Philippi; she lived in Thyatira, three hundred miles away. Why did she go there just when Paul was on a mission trip? Why go to Philippi, rather than Neapolis, Athens, or Corinth? Why had she not gone earlier in the year, sold out of purple stock, and returned home? We know not how long she had been there, nor how long she stayed, but she was there at the right time.
Thyatira was located in the area where the Spirit told Paul not to go; therefore, had Lydia been at home, she would have remained lost. How odd that she is from Asia, and Paul must not go to Asia; yet, when he comes to Macedonia, the first person who hears him preach is from Asia.
Why arrange for her conversion in Philippi? It would make more sense to us for her to stay home and send Paul there.
God sees things that we do not. What are some possibilities?
Paul’s modus operandi in any new place was to find a synagogue on the Sabbath to reason with Jews about Christ (Acts 17:1–3). For the first time in his missionary travels, Paul was told that there was no synagogue in the city. Instead, he found the Jewish service down by the riverside (16:13). The missionaries may have been the answer to the prayers they interrupted on that riverbank.
Henry C. Thiessen, Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology, Eerdmans, 1949, p. 177).
Recently on our PUSH (Pray Until Saturation Happens) prayer program, We had author Stephanie Schureman on that wrote this book for children. It teaches children how to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. This book is a powerful tool for training your child in their walk with Jesus. You will want to get it for your own children, grandchildren and other people's children. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor pictures.
You can view the program where she discusses her book on our Rocky Mountain CTN Facebook page. You can go to the video's section. It is the August 2nd program.
You can purchase the book at this website: www.dwellingplacepress.com
We know that school is getting ready to start but there are a couple of great events happening in August and some awesome things happening to get on your calendar for the fall. Visit our COMMUNITY CALENDAR to find out about them. Click on the Link for more information.
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