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10/3 To those who trade Self and Pride for Hearing God

yellow roseWe continue with the first ‘R’ in our series of ‘The 10 R’s of Maturity in Jesus’Relinquish.  In our last few posts, we looked at what the word meant and how some people have trouble taking this first ‘R’, the first step to Jesus.

The second group of people we talked about in our earlier post on ‘Relinquish’ were those who would lay aside self-centred things that would block them from finding Truth. This group will look past their pride, their avoidance, fear of God’s justice and judgement and said “Yes” to the Holy Spirit.  Here begins a different journey for their walk with Jesus. As we have stated in our last post, there is a very large majority of people who chose not to ‘Relinquish’ their life, their lifestyle or their pleasures to respond to the Good News of the Gospel.

That’s about 92% in Australia who openly demonstrate their unwillingness to hear about Jesus’ work for them! In fact, recent polls tell of some 86% who claim to have no or very few Christian friends in their world. Sad to say, the really great news about Jesus’ love and forgiveness isn’t being shared so much in today’s anti-Christian world. That does not stop the Holy Spirit reaching into people’s lives.

There are amazing YouTube videos about conversion experiences without any church influence.  Here are a few I found when I typed in ‘YouTube conversion to Jesus’:

  1. Jesus Christ Reveals Himself to Muslims – Islamic Followers – Conversion Testimonies

By jamiewhittaker1981 2. Millions of former Muslims from across the Middle East have converted to Christianity: Road2Jesus 3. Muslims Are Turning to Christianity in Iran!!   Center of Media Activities We need to continue to pray for these believers who have stepped across a huge stumbling stone to find the real Jesus! They are willing to ‘Relinquish’ in order to walk this new path of true freedom.  Some are willing to even give up their life and face death when they declare themselves to be Jesus Followers. It is to this group who wish to grow in their faith that this blog is dedicated.  To find your life …. What must you do?  “… Give up your life”!

24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.  John 12:24-25

In our next post, we will look at the things a new believer must begin to ‘Relinquish’ as we continue with the ’10 R’s of Maturity in Christ’. Join us again.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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