Last week, we discussed our need to stop trying to play God in our lives and the importance of starting to admit that we are powerless against our sinful tendencies and habits. When we keep doing things that we don’t want to do and when we fail to do the things we’ve decided we need to do, we begin to see that we do not, in fact, have the power to change that we thought we had. It is at that point that we need to admit our powerlessness and turn control of our lives over to God.
This week, we will hear from Tina, who will share her personal story with us, a story of how she relinquished control of her life to the Lord. There is so much joy and freedom to be experienced when we are willing to let go of the tight grip we have on our lives and allow God to direct our steps.
Excerpt from Tina’s testimony:
“I had isolated myself from family and friends. I had no car, and no job. I sat in a dark basement all alone and saw a phonebook nearby. I picked it up and looked under Church. So….many….churches….and there was that name….Evangelical Free Church…I called the number and talked to the Pastor. I said to him I was not sure exactly what it was in “that book” but I needed to know what it was…He began to tell me over the phone that is was Jesus. And I said, “Yes”. He asked if I wanted to say a prayer over the phone to surrender my life to Jesus. I cried and said “YES!!” My life was about to be changed forever. “
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
** PLEASE REMEMBER: Men’s Open Share Groups will meet on the 2nd floor & Women’s Open Share Groups will meet on the 3rd floor. **
Principle 1: Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless to our addictions and compulsive behaviors and that our lives had become unmanageable.
“I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18