5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Many people struggle with the concept of surrendering to God. Some think they can manage their lives much better than He but none of us will ever be smarter than Him!
Submitting ourselves and becoming living sacrifices is the starting place of finding God’s plan for our lives. It is equivalent to the lowest rung on a ladder. Just as no one can reach the top rung without starting on the first, no Christian can arrive at the top without first becoming a living sacrifice.
It is not possible for any of us to get around the need of becoming living sacrifices. There are people who have skipped it and this is the reason so many Christians get into the trouble they do. It is also why there are so many ministers that have fallen. They either did not first become a living sacrifice or forgot to keep themselves on the altar!
A person who has not become a living sacrifice keeps the door of selfishness open. This is what gives Satan an opportunity to work in their lives. We cannot live a surrendered life if we have not become a living sacrifice.
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:6
So what is the condemnation of the devil?
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
In these verses we have an account of Satan saying over and over “I will”. His sin was pride. He wanted the honor and glory that belonged only to God.
Satan is an egomaniac. Everything is about him. When we start praising God it will irritate him because he desires mankind to glorify him.
Satan is the original self-centered individual. We imitate him with our centeredness and will resemble him to the degree we are focused on ourselves. This is why our first step into God’s plan is for us to become living sacrifices.
We are molded into the image of God to the extent our self nature has been put to death. This is what it means to become a living sacrifice. This used to be called “dying to self” but this phrase has largely lost popularity in the modern Church.
Living sacrifices are not motivated by selfish desire. They are motivated more by serving God than receiving recognition for their efforts. It does not seem like there are many people like this in our society today.
The goal of our journey to to find the plan of God. Becoming a living sacrifice is our first step in the journey. We will not reach our planned destination if this is not the beginning!
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