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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Surrender Challenge [Day2]

"I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice." 
This is what we are after, totally and wholly God's and His alone. 

What does it mean to be a living sacrifice?
How do you become a 'living sacrifice'?
How do you stay a living sacrifice?

Romans 6:13 "Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."
Colossians 3:5 "Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry."
2 Corinthians 5:15 "And that he died for all, that they which live should not from now on live to themselves, but to him which died for them, and rose again."
1 Peter 2:24 "Who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, might live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed."

1 Peter 4:2 "That he no longer should live in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."
Romans 8:13 "For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live."
1 Corinthians 10:31 "Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Merriam-Webster Definition of sacrifice: The surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher claim. 

John Piper: 
"The offering of our bodies is not the offering of our bodily looks but our bodily behavior." "God wants visible, lived-out, bodily evidence that our lives are his. Just as worshippers in the Old Testament denied themselves some earthly treasure (a sheep, a goat, a bull), and carried their sacrifices to the altar of blood and fire, so we deny ourselves some earthly treasure or ease or comfort, and carry ourselves—our bodies—for Christ's sake to the places and the relationships and the crises in this world."  "A life of visible, lived-out, physical actions of mercy might result in the death of a believer. It's a lifestyle."  "Let every act of your body in living be an act of worship. That is, let every act of your living body be a demonstration that God is your treasure. Let every act of your living body show that Christ is more precious to you than anything else. Let every act of your living body be a death to all that dishonors Christ." “Present a living holy body to God” means give your members—your eyes, your tongue, your hands and feet—give your body to do righteousness, not sin. A body is holy not because of what it looks like, or what shape it's in, but because of what it does."  "When the lips join the heart in praise to God, the body becomes a holy, living sacrifice."

My operational definition of a 'living sacrifice."
"A person who has given everything that he has to God, and is willing to allow God to use every ear, eye, hand, thought, action, attitude, and motive to the praise and glory of God."


Ask yourself: Is God pleased with what I am doing,
when I am doing it,
how I am doing it,
 and the reason why I am doing it?

Ask God: to remind you, and keep you.

My Attitude today is: I am doing this to serve you my King. 
"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
 [and my every action] be pleasing in your sight!"

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