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Craig Groeschel - When You Don't Have Enough

Craig Groeschel - When You Don't Have Enough
Craig Groeschel - When You Don't Have Enough
TOPICS: More Than Enough

How many of you believe it's more blessed to give than to receive? Raise your hands, raise your hands. Excellent, you can type that the comment section, I believe it's more blessed to give, and I hope you believe that, you know why? Because Jesus said it. That's why. It's more blessed to give than it is to receive. But let's just be real for a minute. Can we do that? Yes. Can we do that? Yes! Okay, it's also pretty blessed to receive too, right? Raise your hand if you agree. Yeah, don't act like you're all spiritual, of course it is. I mean it is really fun when someone gives you a gift card, right? Or you're driving through the coffee drive through and someone before you buys your coffee, or someone cash apps you and say, Hey, go to Chick-fil-A and get some Christian chicken. That's a good thing, right? We all like to receive, but Jesus said it's actually better to give. It's more blessed to give. It's good to receive, but it's more blessed to give.

If it's more blessed to give, why is it more blessed to give? The answer is because we reflect the heart of God. Scripture says this, "For God so loved the world," John 3:16, that what did he do? Let's all say it aloud, "that he gave". That he gave. In fact, you may never be more like God when you give. God so loved the world that he gave. So let's play a little game. Kinda like in the eighth grade when you do deductive reasoning equations. Do you remember those? Like if a duck quacks and a quacker ducks, what does a duck do? Remember that we'll play one of those games. Okay, we're gonna play a game, and that that one I just made up obviously because that one made no sense whatsoever. But work with me, sometimes I make this up as I go. So I'm gonna ask you a question and then I'm gonna give you a hint, and then you gimme the answer. So the question is, what is God, and the answer is it starts with L and it rhymes with dove. God is? Love. Okay, good God is love.

Now what does God do? This one starts with G and it rhymes with lives. God... Gives. So if God is love and God gives, then we would say that love gives. Loves gives, There's your question, your equation that's way better than the duck failed attempt. But we would say love gives. Everybody say, love gives. Love gives. Type it in the comments section, type in love gives. Say it one more time... Love gives. What does love do? Love gives. So if love gives, then I would suggest that you can't love without giving. Love gives. And if you love, then you can't love without giving. So I love cherries. My daughter Joy is here and she loves cherries. And I love Joy more than I love cherries. So when I get something with a cherry on it, what do I do with it? I give it to Joy because I love cherries, but I love Joy more, love gives.

I love action movies. How many of you agree? Amy loves romance movies? How many of you say she's in God's will? Okay, because I love Amy more than I love action movies, then we've watched "Little women" multiple times. One more, can you handle one more? Yes. I love my grandkids, we have five and one cooking, that means we have six, 'cause all life is from God. We have six grandkids. I love my grandkids. And one time two of 'em are in the bathtub and one of them pooped in the bathtub, and the other one saw the poop and vomited when they saw the poop. And so because love gives who cleaned it up? The answer is, Amy cleaned it up. Because she loves our grandkids more than I love our grandkids. Are you with me?

And what I know about you is because you love, you want to give. And because you love a lot, you want to give more. But many of you feel like you can't. And the reason you feel like you can't is because you believe you don't have enough. And the reason I know about that is because that was me for years and years and years and years and years, I always felt like I was lacking and I was living with what I've grown to know as a scarcity mindset. And so my very, very real goal, I'll put all my cards on the table, is to build your faith, and I'm gonna ask God to help change your mindset about giving and generosity, because if I can love you and nudge you a little bit and give you a truth is this, that many of us don't have a money problem, we have a mindset problem. God is calling every single one of us to give because love gives.

And so Father, I ask that by the power of your spirit, the truth of your word, that you would renew our minds not to live with a scarcity mindset, but an abundant mindset that you are the provider of all and that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive. Bless us, increase our faith to give. In Jesus' name we pray and everybody said amen, and amen, and amen.

Here's what we're gonna do, we are going to work our way over the next couple of weeks through two chapters in the Bible. We're gonna work through 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. And I wanna give you a little bit of the context of these verses. Paul is the one that wrote this letter to the Corinthians, and if you don't know about Paul is he was a Jew, Paul was Jewish, and when he got saved, God actually called him not just to take the gospel to the Jews, but to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Now who are the Gentiles? And the answer is they were the non-Jewish people. And this created some tension because Christianity was born out of the Jewish people.

So a lot of the Jewish people thought that Christianity was for Jewish people. And all of a sudden Paul who was a Jew, recognized that the gospel was for everybody. That Jesus came for the Jews and the non-Jews, also for the Gentiles. So he's gonna take the gospel. But there was controversy. Thankfully the three big dogs of the day were James, Peter, and John. They were seen as the church leaders. They actually blessed Paul to take the gospel to the Gentiles. And they said, "You can go to the Gentiles on one condition, you have to tell them to always be generous". This is what they said. They said, "Don't forget the poor". And he said, "That's what I wanna do. I'm gonna tell 'em anyway".

And so Paul went to the Macedonian churches and inspired them to give generously, and he was blown away, stunned, and shocked by their irrational generosity. Here's what he does. He writes to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:1, he says this, "And now brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace". I underlined grace because we're gonna see that's the first time grace is used of 10 different times in two chapters. Giving is about grace. Were actually grace to give is the first of 10 times we'll see this word. "I want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches". So he is telling the Corinthians, these Macedonians are amazing, "In the midst of a very severe trial, they're overflowing joy and they're extreme poverty weld up in rich generosity".

If you don't know much about the Macedonian churches, I'll tell you two things about them. The first thing we discover is they were very poor, yet irrationally generous. And when I say they were very poor, they're not like some of us are very poor by going, I can barely afford my streaming services. You know Hulu and Prime and Netflix and Afield Max, they're so expensive, I may have to cancel Disney plus. Do you know what I'm saying? I mean that's kind of where some of us live today. When the Bible says they lived in extreme poverty, in the Greek, what that means is, it was as deep as the ocean that's literally in the Greek what it means, these people were hurting deeply financially. And so they were very, very poor, and yet they were irrationally generous.

And the second thing we see is that they were enduring trials, this is crazy, yet they were overflowing with joy. They were in a really difficult time of life in poverty and suffering, and yet in their poverty they were still generous, and in their suffering they still had joy. It's interesting because a lot of times whenever we feel like we're lacking, we might be depressed, we might be anxious, or we might selfishly protect whatever we have. But for the Macedonians, even though life was hard, they were generous, and they were joyful. Why? Because they were giving. And it's actually more blessed to give than it is to receive. Why? Because what does love do? Love gives. Gives.

Now that raises the question, they didn't have much and yet they were incredibly generous, I wanna know why were they so generous when they were incredibly poor? And then like how did they give so big when they had so little? And the answer is they had a very different mindset. They had a different mindset. Many of us don't have a money problem as much as we have a mindset problem. And there are two mindsets I wanna talk to you about today. I'm gonna call one the bag mindset and the other, the barn mindset. Two different mindsets. There's the bag mindset and there's the barn mindset.

Let's start with the bag mindset. This is the mindset I had for years. And the bag mindset believes we don't have enough. I'd like to give more, but I don't have enough. And some of you may relate and feel this exact same way. You can relate to the words in the Old Testament in Haggai 1:6, when Haggai said, "You eat but you don't have enough, you drink but you're not filled with drink, you clothe yourself but no one is warm," watch this, "And he who earns wages, earn earns wages to put them into a bag with holes in it". No matter what comes in is like my bag's got a hole in it, and at the end of the month there's nothing left in the bag. In other words, I wanna give more, I genuinely do, but I don't have enough.

And so we think when I have more, then I'll give more. It's the bag mindset. The second mindset is the barn mindset. The bag says we don't have enough, the barn says we have more than enough. We actually have more than enough. In fact, Deuteronomy 28:8 promises that if you fully obey the Lord, what will God do? "The Lord will send a blessing," on your what? Would you say aloud with me, there it is, on your barns. Barns. "The Lord will send a blessing on your barns". This is the barn mindset. "And on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he's giving you". It's the barn mindset that we have more than enough. And this is how the Macedonians lived.

Even though they didn't have much, they didn't have the bag mindset, we don't have enough, they had the barn mindset believing that we do have enough to give. We don't have to wait until later, we don't have to wait until we have more, we can actually give right now, they had the barn mindset. Many of us we're the opposite. And this was me for years and years and years. And the reason is I didn't have as big of a money problem as I did a mindset problem. I had a bag mindset. I don't have enough and it felt like my bag had holes in it. What happens when you have the bag mindset? Let me show you the cycle. And many of you'll relate to this. What happens is God gives you something, God supplies, you get paid, you get an increase, God supplies.

And the first thing we do with the bag mindset is we consume, we spend it, we go out, we're on Amazon, click buy, click buy. We got this, we got the clothes, we got to buy whatever, we consume. And because we consume, we lack, we spend everything that comes to us and we don't feel like we have enough. And because we've consumed and because we lack, then all of a sudden we fear. We're afraid, oh my gosh, I don't have enough. And the bag mindset continues to cycle. God gives to us and we spend it, we consume it, and we don't have enough. And so we are afraid and the cycle goes on and on and on. I'd like to get more, but I can't afford to do it.

This is the bag mindset. There is another mindset though, it's called the barn mindset. Instead of consuming first, what do you think you do? Give. You give first. Why do you give first? Because what does love do? Love gives. Gives. And so watch as there's an an entirely different mindset. You see this mindset, the barn mindset In Proverbs 3:10, what do you do? The first thing you do is you, "Honor the Lord with your wealth," with the very first of your increase. In the Old Testament, it was this, it was kinda like a farming metaphor with the first fruits, with your the first part of your harvest. With the first fruits of your crops, you honor the Lord. And when you give to him first, when you put him first, what does scripture say? What's gonna happen, then your what?

"Then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine". The first thing you do if you have the barn mindset is you give because love gives, you honor God with the very first of what he entrusts to you, and then your barns will be overflowing. Giving first fruits is very similar, some preachers would say the same, some would say it slightly different, but it is very, very similar to what we call tithing. Tithing was born before the law, it's in the Old Testament, it's in the New Testament. Tithing is returning to God 10% of what he trusts to us. When you give 10%, is it any 10% like the first, the middle or the last? The answer is no, it's the first. You return the very first portion, the first 10% back to God as an act of worship, it's in the way that you honor God.

Malachi 3:10, probably the most famous verse, it says, "Bring the whole tithe," all 10% of it, "into the storehouse that there may be food in my house". Storehouse is kind of like a barn, right? "Test me in this". The only where and only time God ever gives us permission to test him is right here. "Test me in this, he says, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it". Test me. Bring your first and bring your best. When you bring your first and your best, you trusts God to bless the rest. We bring him the first, and then when we bring him the first, he blesses our barns.

Now admittedly, you're probably thinking the same thing I did the first time I heard this, going like, you gotta be smoking the funny weed. 10%, like that's crazy because I don't have any leftover right now. I got the bag mindset, there's holes in it. If I gave 'em the first 10%, I couldn't do it. In order to do that, I'd have to rearrange my whole life around God. Yes. Come on. Oh, what did I just say? Did that just come out, like I'd have to rearrange my life around God to put him first. I'd have to prioritize God to put him first. In many ways that's the point. Not with just your money but your time, and your heart, and your energy, and your love. You rearrange your whole life around him because he wants to be first. You go, but that only leaves me 90%. But you don't understand. But 90% he says he blesses.

And one day you wake up and goes like, God's math is different than normal math because 90% with his blessings seems to go further than a hundred percent without. Now this is a different mindset. It's way different. It takes faith. You gotta trust God. And admittedly, there are Christians I respect that don't believe the tithe is the New Testament principle. I can kind of go with that as long as you believe that kind of starts there. You build on top of that, like literally it just starts there. And I believe and have practiced it for years, and one of the many reasons is because Jesus affirmed the tithe. I'll show you very clearly, this is what Jesus said.

Matthew 23, Jesus said, he was kind of railing on the hypocrites. He said, "Hey, you're hypocrites, you're careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens. You ignore the more important aspects of the law, of justice, mercy, and faith". And then Jesus said these three things, they are in red in your Bible if you have red. Jesus said, let's all say it aloud, what did Jesus say? Jesus said, you should tithe. You should tithe. "Yes, you should tithe, but don't neglect the more important things". In other words, if Jesus says you should tithe, then I'm probably going to tithe. But don't neglect the more important things, being like that's kind of like a baseline. Like we all kind of covered that, right? And it's funny how we like exempt this away, like I know rich people who say like, well, I don't have to tithe. Like what part of being successful makes you immune to God's Word?

Come on. Like, Hey, 'cause I'm so successful I can cheat on my wife, I don't think so. Or well, I don't have a lot so what makes God's Word not apply to you? If Jesus says you should tithe, you can do your own research, and trust me I want you to, but I am actually gonna tithe. This is gonna be a beginning point for me to return 10% back to God. It's giving God our first and our best, and trusting him to bless the rest. When we do that, something can happen. What does tithing do? Tithing can actually break the cycle of scarcity and create a new cycle of supply. It breaks the old bag mindset.

The bag says this. The bag mindset says, God supplies, and we consume, and we lack, and we fear. But the barn mindset is different. Whenever God supplies, the very first thing we do now is we put God first. We honor the Lord with our wealth, with the first fruits of our harvest, we give back to him. When we give to him, what does he do? God says, I'll multiply it. I will multiply it back. And what does that do to us? That actually builds our faith, and suddenly rather than having a scarcity mindset, we have an abundant mindset reflecting the abundant goodness of a God who says, it is more blessed to give than it is to receive. And that's why like you wanna be more generous.

So when I get more money I'm gonna be more generous, listen to me, more money won't make you more generous, it'll make you more of what you already are. If you are generous now, more money's gonna make you ridiculously generous. But if you're a selfish jerk now, more money's gonna make you more of a selfish jerk later. Some of you say, I know the guy you're talking about because we've all met that guy. More money doesn't change hearts, it just kind of exposes what's in your heart. And so if you're not generous now, chances are you won't be generous later. Yeah, that's good. But love gives. Love gives. And the first thing we do is we honor God with what he gives to us. And so the Macedonians, they didn't have much and they gave big. They had the barn mindset. Many of us, we have the opposite.

Now here's what's crazy, s some of us, we have the barn blessings, but the bag mindset. Some of us have so much, and yet we give so little. And sometimes some of the wealthiest people, in fact, studies show the higher the wealth goes, the lower the percentage of what they give on average. Now some of the people are ridiculously generous, but some of the wealthiest people can be some of the stingiest. And the reason is because they still don't believe they have enough. And that's why Jesus said this. He said, "Watch out". Jesus said this, "Be on guard against greed". Why do we need to watch out? Because money is a counterfeit God.

When you think about it, what does money do? Money promises us what only God can provide. Money says, Hey, if you get enough money, you're finally gonna be peaceful. Money says, if you get enough money, then you're gonna feel secure. Money says, if you get enough, you're gonna be significant. But only God can give true peace, 'cause you can have a lot of money and no peace in your heart. Only God gives real security, 'cause you can have a lot of money in a bank and get real sick real fast, and all the money doesn't heal your sickness. Only God can make you significant. Because we know a lot of people who have really big net worth, but still feel far from God and feel insignificant. Money is a counterfeit God. It promises what only God can provide.

And so Paul was telling the Corinthians, man, you ought meet these Macedonians. Like they didn't have much, but they were so generous. And here's what he said about them, this is really powerful. He said, "I testify that they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own". In other words, I wasn't asking for this, I wasn't trying to inspire generosity, but on their own, "they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in the service to the Lord's people". Can we give, we want to. Can we be a part, we want to. Take what we have and use it to bless the Lord's people. And Paul said, "And they exceeded our expectations". What do they do? "They gave themselves first of all to the Lord".

They rearrange, re-prioritize their entire life, their heart, their values, their possessions, their time. "They gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God also to us". This is powerful. They begged Paul. They pleaded. It wasn't just a plead, it was an urgent pleading. Can we give? I know we don't have to, it's not expected, but we want to. Why did they do this? Because love gives. Because they didn't have a bag mindset, they had a barn mindset. They understood the truth about God's provision. We see it in 2 Corinthians 9:8, "That God can bless you with everything that you need".

What do you need? Joy, he'll give it to you. Peace, he'll give it to you. Financial provision, he is Jehovah Jireh, he is your provider. He can give you everything that you need, and watch this, "And you'll always have more than enough to do good things for others". If you have the bag mindset, I got holes in it. No, never enough, never enough, never enough. You are always gonna be waiting, and you're always gonna be missing out because it's more blessed to give than to receive. But when you have the barn mindset, I put God first, I want to give, it's an honor to give. I'm not gonna wait until later, I'm going to give now. They urgently pleaded because God gives us more than enough.

Many of us don't have a money problem, we have a mindset problem. And this was me for years. For years I grew up with the biggest scarcity mindset. I gotta keep what I have, I gotta keep, this is gonna make me secure, this is gonna make me secure. My grandma told me, one day you're gonna face a great depression. You're gonna be eating outta garbage cans. So I decided I'm gonna save up enough so I'm never eating outta garbage cans. But money can't provide everything, God can. And the first time I heard about the tithe, I was in college and I ignored it. Didn't wanna do it. Second time I heard about the tithe, I went to a Christian bookstore and I spent 10% of my money there and called it a tithe. That's not a tithe, that's buying Christian stuff.

A tithe is returning 10% back to God through the storehouse, which I believe is the church, and I gave my first tithe gift. And God provided in a very special way. I would tell you what God did, but I don't wanna make this sound manipulative, but God provided in a way that literally changed the course of my life. God provided. And I'm not gonna tell you that when you give, you always get more. And if you give a hundred, you're gonna get a thousand, I'm not gonna tell you that. What I'm gonna tell you is this that, when you honor God with a tithe, he will prove himself faithful. Yeah, a lot of times you'll get a financial increase, I promise you, because God rewards those who give generously.

A lot of times it's way better than money. It's friendship, it's a sense of purpose, it's community, it's a blessed, unified marriage around the things of Jesus, it's children serving him faithfully, it's being a part of a great community, working together to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. These some crazy people, like crazy people, crazy people that rearrange their lives around the purposes of God. Crazy people who say things like, we will lead the way with the irrational generosity because we truly believe that it is more blessed to give than is to receive. And it's the story of our church that the biggest point of financial debt, when we as a church were paycheck to paycheck, kinda like the bag mindset.

And churches started to want to buy, purchase our sermons and our videos and such. And someone said, "What if we gave it away for free"? And I thought, what if we sell it for a fair price and keep the money and use it for good things to honor God? And God spoke to my heart the same way he did on the first day of the church when a hundred people showed up. And God prompted me and looked out and I said, if there's anyone here who has need, you can take back outta the offering. And from day number one, we put our faith in God, and then God called us to give free resources away. And now there's over a million, listen to me, there's over a million pastors who have downloaded free resources given away by the local church. The YouVersion Bible app is not for sale. It's been free from day number one.

Now, the family of YouVersion Bible app is on over 700 million devices for free. And because of your generosity, we give as a church to 130 local mission groups and 13 international ones. And we don't just send money, we go ourselves. We send people, we send resources to make a difference. Why? Why? Why? Because love gives. Ashlyn Groeschel is here. She just recently married my son, Steven Groeschel. And on the day of the wedding we had some friends, some pastors, pastor Bill and Jessica, they flew in to be there to celebrate the wedding. We were short on time, but we managed to get into what I call a fufu restaurant. I don't know what the real name, and it's probably like, I'll probably get canceled for that, who knows? But it's a restaurant is kind of expensive and hard to get into. We managed to get in there and I said, you guys came in, I'm gonna treat you.

And we're like, we're blowing it out. I never buy drinks, I don't get appetizers. But we had gifts in town like, get anything you want. Get an appetizer, get two appetizers, get a coffee and get a drink. We blew it out. Get a dessert. We ordered everything. Get the most expensive thing on there. And we just loaded 'em up to bless 'em. And at the end, I went to pay, and the waitress came up and said, "Oh, someone got your meal". It's like, oh no, not this meal. And I was like, no, no, no, no. And I said, who? And she pointed over to what must've been a 19 or a 20 year old girl. I mean, I'm thinking she's probably a sophomore in college or in her first job probably making next to nothing.

And I went up to her I said, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. But no, I'm buying yours, I'll send you to college. And she looked at me and she said, "No, you won't, pastor". She said, "God used you to change my life. And I've been..." Listen to what she said. She said, "I've been praying for the chance to bless you. And the moment you walked in, I knew this was my chance". And I'm gonna tell you right now, I didn't wanna receive it. I was like, I want to help her go to college. And yet love gives. And we were so blessed that day to receive.

As crazy as it is, she was more blessed to give. And so if she can give when she doesn't have to someone who has everything, what do you think someone like me can do when I get the barn mindset? Because if love gives, then you can't love without giving. And because God loved first, God so loved the world that he gave he's one and only son. So the very least I can do is rearrange my whole life around him. And hey, not just put 'em first in the tithe, that's for beginners. There's training wheels on that little bicycle and I'm created a sore. I can give so much more than that. My heart, my time, my finances, my life. Because what does love do? Love gives. Gives.

So Father, because you loved us first, help us love you back. Help us to love you with all of our hearts, our minds, our soul, our strength. And help us to love your people, to love others as we love ourselves. God, build our faith, change our mindset to not give later when we have more, but to give now, because love gives.

As you're praying today, wherever you're watching from, I'm gonna just lovingly ask you, and I'm gonna tell you like for so much of my life, I was stuck, I was a prisoner, I was a hostage, I was a prisoner of the bag mindset. I don't have enough, I don't have enough, I don't have enough. And God helped me break through that, and now I'm living in the barn blessings. If you find yourself a little bit more stuck and listen, that doesn't mean you may not have much when you're there.

Some of you, I want you to hear me, some of you, you've got a lot and you're stuck there. You are trusting in your money, not trusting in your God. You're stuck right now. The bag mindset, if you want outta that, you wanna change your mindset, you want to be a giver, you want God to stretch you, build your faith. If you say, yeah, I'm stuck in that mindset and I want God to change my heart, would you lift up your hands right now? Lift them up. All over the place, lift them up. There's more of you than that. I want you to lift them up and be honest. You're stuck in that, you're trusting in the wrong things.

God, stir us up today. Build our faith. God I know there'll be some that will take the step to tithe for the very first time. And God, I thank you that you've given us permission to test you. And God, I know with full confidence you will prove your self faithful and provide. God, break the bag mindset that we don't have enough. Give us the barn mindset that we have more than enough because you are always more than enough. Build our faith, God, to love others, to love you with a heart of generosity.

As you keep praying today, I wanna tell you about the most amazing and generous gift in the history of the world, it's called the gospel. And the gospel is nothing but good news. And the good news is good news because there's also bad news. I'll start with the bad news. The bad news is that all of us have sinned, that's what the Bible says. It's not a popular word in culture today, but it's a word God made up. We've sinned. What does that mean? That mean we've done something wrong against a holy God. And the bad news is that our sin breaks fellowship with God, it separates us from God.

The good news is that God loves us so much, he loves you so much that while we were still sinners, he sent Jesus. Scripture says, "God so loved the world that he gave", he gave, he gave first. And you could say Jesus was kind of like God's tithe. He gave first. He sent his son Jesus, who is perfect and without sin. And Jesus gave his life for us before any of us even could have a chance to respond. He died in our place, and God raised him from the dead.

So that anyone in the Bible says, it doesn't matter what you've done, doesn't matter how dark your life is, doesn't matter how messed up, how broken, no matter how lost you are, anyone who calls on the name of Jesus, the Bible says, you'll be saved. Saved from eternal damnation, saved from an empty life, saved for heaven and saved for a ministry on earth. You will be saved. Some of you right now, it's time to receive the gift. It was difficult for me to receive from that young girl. Receive from God. He gave to you because he loves you, and he'll be the most blessed of all when you say yes to the gift of salvation through Jesus.

Wherever you're watching from today, those who say, yes, I need, I want to receive the gift. We step away from our sin. We confess we need his forgiveness. We call on the name of Jesus. And when we do, God hears our prayers and forgives our sins. Those of you who today who say, yes, I receive that gift today by faith, I trust him. I give all of my life to Jesus. If that's your prayer today, lift your hands high right now and say, yes, I surrender to him. We thank God today for those of you at all of our churches who are calling on him and putting him first. Online, you can just type in the comment section, I'm surrendering my life to Jesus. Just type in the comment section, "I'm surrendering my life to Jesus". And as we have people all over the world meeting him now, sins being forgiven, lives being changed, would you pray aloud? Pray:

Heavenly Father, Take all of my life. Jesus, be first. Be my Savior. Be the Lord of my life. Fill me with your spirit, so I can always know you, put you first, serve you, love you, and love others as you've loved me. Thank you for forgiveness, thank you for freedom, thank you for new life. I give you all of mine. In Jesus name. I pray.

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