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Craig Groeschel - I Want to Believe, But... On-Demand God

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Hey, I am really thankful to have all of you with us today as we're launching into a brand new message series, it's called I Want to Believe, But... And as we dive in, I want to tell you a little bit of the heart behind this message series, it's a little bit cool to me that this is the exact weekend 21 years ago we actually launched the church, so this is the 21st birthday of our church, which I'm really thankful for. And what that means is that we are now old enough to have real wine in our communion. That's what it means, so whatever that's worth. And it's a little bit interesting to look at what's changed in 21 years. 21 years ago where I live, which is called the Bible Belt, it seemed like the general population generally believed in God.

Over a 21-year period, I would say there are a significant number of people who now would say, I don't believe in God, I'm an atheist, I don't believe God exists at all. But there's a newer category, there's always kinda been I believe in God, I don't believe in God, there's a little bit, in my opinion, just as a pastor, a newer category of people that are saying, I wanna believe in God, but I'm struggling to. It could be someone that grew up in church and then had what I might call a crisis of faith, I prayed for something and it didn't happen, I wanna believe in God, but I'm havin' a hard time because that didn't happen. Or it could be some religious figure really let me down, hurt me, someone did something that was really hypocritical, all different types of reasons that there are people that genuinely want to believe in God but there's something that's making it more difficult for them to believe.

And here's my thought, I believe that there are a lotta people that think they're rejecting God, but they're not really rejecting the true God, what they're doing is they're rejecting a distorted view of who God really is. Let me say it again, they're not rejecting the true God, but they're rejecting a distorted view of who they think God is, but God is not really that God at all. And so in this message series over the next four weeks, what I wanna do is talk about four distorted views of God, and I've come up with little names for them, and the reason I'm telling you these is because some of you are gonna think, oh, I know someone like that, and then what I want you to do is do the best you can just to invite them to join you, or at least to watch it online. And so let me tell you what we're gonna go, next week we're gonna talk about what I call Goosebump God. This would be the person or people who'd say I wanna believe in God, but I don't feel anything, I tried to read the Bible, I didn't feel anything, I came to worship, everybody else is all weird and stuff, I didn't feel anything, how do you believe in a God that you can't see, you don't hear, and you don't feel? I'd love to believe in God, but I don't feel Him.

Week three we're gonna talk about what I call Heartless God. I wanna believe in God, but have you seen all the horrible things in the world? How can you believe in a God who would allow that? And then fill in the blanks, it's a, five people are dead in the airport when some shooter comes in there and shoots them, you got hungry kids all over the world that are dying of starvation, there's preventable diseases and such, and these kids are dying, how can you believe in a God that doesn't seem to care at all, Heartless God. Week four I wanna talk about what I call Killjoy God, I wanna believe in God but there are just too many rules, and I'm not gonna do all those rules, I wanna have a good life, that whole no sex before marriage, forget that, I wanna have fun, I wanna believe in God, but I can't follow all those rules. Now, today before I introduce to you the distorted view of God, I wanna have a little bit of fun because it's our 21st birthday, and I like to have a little fun. 21 years ago, I was 28 when I started the church, and the majority of the people that were there were in their 20s, we had some people in their 30s, if you were in your 40s, you were an old-timer back then. Thankfully today we've got multiple generations and it's really, really cool, but what's interesting is 68% of our staff members today are Millennials, 68%.

So a lot of what we do, and I'm really excited about that, a lot of what we do, cheats or leans young, and sometimes my older crowd says, where's the music for our age group? Where's the illustration for our age group? So what I wanna do, on the 21st birthday, is I wanna give the older crowd a little love today, I wanna give you a little love, and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna throw out some TV shows that chances are, if you're a Gen Xer, maybe a Boomer, you probably know these. Now, what I need back from you is a little love back, a little interaction, and if you don't, I'm gonna blow you off next week and go straight to my Millennials, 'cause they're really fun. So let's see how you do, and this is for my little older crowd. If you recognize any of these shows, just give me a little shout out, you might cheer, you can raise your hand, whatever you wanna do, give us some love, and I'm gonna introduce these different TV shows in pairs, because what's interesting, back in the day the good shows often came in pairs.

So how many of you remember, give me a little love, work with me, I need some help, how many of you remember the combination of The Love Boat or the Fantasy Island? Anybody remember that? There you go. The plane, the plane! Right okay, if you're in the Snapchat you don't know what I'm talkin' about, just hang with me, I'll be back to you, just hang tight there man, just hang tight. How 'bout a little Happy Days or Laverne and Shirley? Anybody know that? Okay, there was no better combination than the Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, right? Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner, Now, this one didn't need a parallel, there wasn't a this one and another one, 'cause this one stood all by itself, I had to sneak and watch this one 'cause the girls were so good-lookin', anybody watch Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels? Whoo, whoo, okay, that was the predecessor to Baywatch, which took it to a whole 'nother level. I never watched Baywatch ever, I read the book, or somethin' like that. I don't even know what it was about, but I've heard. So if you know these shows then you know what I'm about to say is aptly true, and for those of you that are younger, this may blow your mind, it's mind-boggling, but in order to watch your favorite show, you actually had to be in front of the television at the exact moment the show came on. I know, it's like, what, I don't even know what you're talking about, how is that even possible?

If your show is on at Friday night at seven o'clock, you had to be there Friday at seven o'clock, and you had to watch it all the way through, the commercials and everything. You had to watch the commercials, and so you know you don't have to do that today, now you can binge-watch your five favorite episodes of whatever, how many have binge-watched something even this week, right? We live in now, what people would call an on demand society, we want everything and we want it now. I know I do man, I like my Prime Amazon but I wanted same-day delivery, and my city's too small, but one of these days it's comin' to me today, we want it now. And because we live in an On-Demand society, I believe many people are now transferring that value to our God. I want an On-Demand God, I wanna pray for it, and I want what I want, and I want it delivered to me now, I want exactly what I ask for, I want, and here's our distorted view of God, I want an On-Demand God. And this works great until it doesn't, and this is where many of you might be, or know someone who is.

You were maybe a teenager and you prayed, and prayed, and prayed for your parents' marriage to make it, and your parents divorced, and you're like, God, what's with that? Where are you, God? You give to people, you give to the church, you do good things, and you're still struggling financially, you're like, come on God, where's my break? Everybody else gets one, where's mine? Your life group prayed for someone and really believed that God would heal this person, and God didn't heal this person, God where are you? You would be great parents, you really wanna have a child, there's all these other women that get pregnant that didn't even wanna get pregnant, and you pray and you can't get pregnant, why is this, God, doesn't make any sense. And so, many people end up concluding if God didn't do what I know He could've done, when I ask Him to do it, then God either isn't real, He isn't powerful, or He isn't good, maybe He doesn't even care. Where is my On-Demand God?

And the answer to that question is this: On-Demand God does not exist, On-Demand God does not exist, this is a distorted view of who God really is, and what I wanna do is give you a couple of thoughts to set the stage for our message today. And that says we have to determine where we fit in the grand narrative of creator God, creation, and all of eternity. If you're taking notes, this is the big thought, we need to recognize and embrace that God doesn't exist to serve us, we exist to serve Him. Let me say it again, our God does not exist to serve us, we exist to serve Him. We are not the main character in the Bible, God is the main character in the Bible. Our God is not our celestial sugar daddy who delivers exactly what we want when we want, He's not the genie in the sky that if you rub him just right he gives you three wishes, He's not some kind of cosmic Coke machine that if you put your money in and do something good, and push the button then poof, your answered prayer pops out immediately.

We exist to serve God, He does not exist to serve us, and we start to recognize that, that dethrones the improper view that God is our On-Demand God. Who is He? He is the Creator, we are the created, He is the potter, we are the clay, He is the Lord of all, we are His servants, let me say it again. Our God does not exist to serve us, we exist to serve and bring Him glory. So that leads us to the main point of this message, and every message in this series, and my, now let's, it's not an underlying goal, my goal is to help all of us to get to know the true God of the Bible, the Father of Jesus. If God is not On-Demand God, then who is He? If He's not here to do whatever I want Him to do whenever I want Him to do it, then who is God? And I wanna give you three thoughts about Him that I hope will minister to you in a way that would build your faith. The first thing, if you're taking notes, is this; we need to understand that God's heart is always loving, God's heart is always, always loving.

Let me explain it to you this way, how many of you are parents, all of our churches, you got little kids, right? I'll tell you two things I know about you, two things I guarantee about every single parent, number one is there's never a time when you don't love your children, right? There's times when you don't like them, maybe, you wanna trade 'em in, but you can't do that, but you always love them, there's never a time when you don't love them. The second thing I can promise you is true for all of you, and that is this, that there are times when you do not do what they want you to do, even though you have the power to do it, right? There are times when they're asking to do something that you have the power to do, and even though you still love them, you do not do it, and it could be any number of examples. Hey kid, don't forget your lunch, don't forget your lunch, don't forget your lunch, and then hey, text, Mom, bring me my lunch. No, you forgot your lunch three times, go hungry today, you won't forget your lunch tomorrow.

You could do it, but you don't. Hey, kid do your homework, do your homework, do your homework, it's gettin' late, do your homework. 10 o'clock at night, Dad, help me do my homework. No, I could, but I'm not, because I love you, I could do something for you but instead I'm developing something in you. You never don't love your children, but there are times when you have the power to do what they want, but you don't do what they want, even because you love them and have a higher plan for them. And I wanna look at Scripture that helps really illustrate this powerful thought that God's heart is always loving, no matter what happens, when you don't understand it, when you wish it weren't so, when you know God could do something different, remember His heart, remember His character, remember His nature is always loving. Romans chapter 8, in fact Amy is memorizing Romans 8 this year, which I think is cool, super powerful, verse 35 says this. Paul asked the question, "Who shall separate us," from what, let's all say it aloud; "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ"? And then he lists some things, "Shall trouble, or hardship, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword"?

Now let's just bring this to where we live today, because chances are pretty good none of you are gonna be naked this week with a sword in your face. If you are, I wanna hear the story, 'cause I'm sure it is really interesting, so let's modernize this because this would be the way Paul would probably say it today. He might say, what shall separate you from the love of Christ? Shall financial trouble? Shall relational hardships? Shall cancer? Shall unemployment? Shall depression? He answers it this way, verse 37, he says, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors," through what, "through Him who loved us". He says, "For I'm convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, nor any height or depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord". God's heart is always loving, and we need to recognize that God does not prove His love for us when He does what we want, He proved His love for us when He sent His son Jesus to die for our sins.

Internalize this, God doesn't prove His love, He goes, oh, poof, okay there you go, you have it. God proved His love for us, then while we were yet sinners, Scripture says, Christ gave His life for us, God's heart is always loving. When you don't understand, when you wish it were different, remember God's heart is always loving. The second thing, if you're taking notes, we need to embrace is this; that God's ways are always higher, His ways are always higher. In fact, there are so many things that happen that people ask me as a pastor, what is God thinking, why is God allowing this? And I don't mean to disappoint you, but I'm never gonna lie, never gonna make something up and just try to give you some explanation, there are so many times when I have to say, you know what, I don't know, I don't understand, this one's above my pay grade. I wouldn't try to bring an explanation, I think it would be insulting to the person, it would be totally unfair, it would be me assuming something that is beyond my finite ability to comprehend.

A child is born with a handicap, why did this happen? I don't know, don't know. A great person is taken in the prime of their life, and you know how the story goes, the drunk driver hits the great person, the drunk driver lives and the great person dies, why did God allow that? Don't know. Some kind of terrorism attack, and all these innocent people are hurt, and some of them are killed, why did God allow this? Cannot explain it, won't even attempt to, I'm not qualified to do that. I have to embrace the truth, I have to, I have to hold onto the fact that God's ways are higher than my ways. In fact, that's what Isaiah 55 verse 8 and 9 tells us so clearly, God says, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, are your ways my ways,' declares Lord, 'As the heavens are higher than the earth,' God says, 'So are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" There are those times when we just have to recognize I don't understand it, can't bring an explanation. If I were God I probably wouldn't have done it that way, but thankfully I'm not God. He knows the end from the beginning, He's already in tomorrow, He has a divine purpose in the end, in mine, and oftentimes God takes the things that we would never, ever want, and uses them to do something in us, He's conforming us to the image of Christ, His ways are higher.

Sometimes the very thing, that's interesting, you really think you want now, ends up, years later, you look back and go, if I'd had that, that woulda been so much less than, and God had something so much better. I'll explain it to you like this, it's a little bit cheesy, but this is really cool. I've always flown economy until one year I flew so much, I had several international trips, I started getting upgraded, bumped up. And if you've never flown first class before, on a direct flight, domestic, it's not that big a deal, the seat's this much bigger and you get your drink earlier, whatever, not that big a deal. But when you're international, let me just tell you, dear God in heaven, it's so, I mean, so every international flight, we always booked economy, you walk on the flight and to the left is where the rich people go, right, and to the right is where we would always go, to the economy seats.

Well one year Amy and I were flying to Australia, and I guess we'd been to Germany, and Korea, and we had enough miles, we got there expecting to turn right, and they said, you've been upgraded, you get to turn left. When we came into the left, there's a little curtain thing, if you've never been on the other side of the curtain, let me tell you about it. You don't have a seat, you have a private world. Seriously, it's a little world, it's like a little house. And you come in there and they give you pajamas, pajamas, literally pajamas. You take off your clothes, and you put on pajamas for the 17-hour flight. And then you get in this little seat that's kinda like those things at the movie, you know the recliner ones? Except for this one goes all the way down to a bed, a bed, so you sleep in a bed in your pajamas while everybody else is doin' this in the back. And then the food is crazy good, they bring a, they brought out a washcloth, like, what's that for? It's warm and stuff, and I had to look around and see what they're doing, and they're washing their face, in their pajamas, they're washing their face. They brought out warm nuts, warm nuts, I didn't even know you warmed your nuts, that didn't sound right, at all.

Sorry, but I'm 21, so I can drink, you dirty people. Warm cashews and peanuts, I'll say it like that next time, warm nuts, who's ever had warm nuts? Their nuts are warm, you got this all exciting stuff. When we landed I'm like, can we stay? I don't wanna get off, I wanna live here. All this to say, all this to say, sometimes you go to the airport thinkin' you're gonna turn right, God has you turn left. I don't know who it is right now, but I hope this'll speak to you, maybe you're a little devastated right now because your boyfriend's ghosting ya, he's not there for you, he's pullin' back, you're like, but I wanted him, I wanted him, I wanted him, let me tell you what, years later guess what? You're gonna recognize he was an economy class boy, God's got you a business class man with real pajamas, and who-knows-what-else might be warm when you're in business class, I mean I'm tellin' ya, and just work with me here, 'cause you know this is true, God's ways are higher, God's ways are better. You wanted the house, and then you didn't get the house, oh, and then six months later there's a better house at a better price, you're like, oh, I see.

And sometimes it's not that real big, better, massive, oh, that's an amazing, and now I see, sometimes it's more subtle and it takes more years to go by. The child that was born with something that wasn't quite right, and seven years in you're embracing this child, thanking God, this child is perfect in every way, I never could imagine how much love and joy that this could've brought me, and I thank You God for this child, and worship You for who my child is. It could be the person that's taken early in life, and again, you would never do it over that way again, you wouldn't want it to happen to anybody, but years go by and you say, God really used that, God really used that. And yes, in my temporary view of earth I hate it, but in the eternal view of who God is in His grand scheme, I can see the beauty, and how His ways are higher, and His thoughts are different. Whenever you bump up against that why didn't God, why didn't God, where's my On-Demand God, just remember, On-Demand God does not exist. But when He doesn't do what you want Him to do, remember He is always loving, there's never a moment that He doesn't love you, but He won't always do what you want Him to do. Remember and embrace, His ways are always higher, He is so good, He is infinite in wisdom, He knows the end from the beginning, and always has a divine purpose in mind, His ways are always higher.

And the third thing I hope you'll embrace is this truth; that His presence is always enough, His presence is always enough. And this is where I really hope, especially this year, if you're what I would call more of a marginal Christian, like you come to church when you can, and you kinda believe in God, what I hope you'll do is I hope you'll recognize you're selling for way less than God wants you to have, that there is so much more, that when you become a fully devoted follower of Christ, and that means that you're truly seeking Him first, that you're pursuing Him, that you want to, you want your life to count eternally for something more than is just temporary. And you press into God, and you talk to Him, and you feed on His Word and you worship Him, what happens is you get to know His presence, and you start to recognize that He's always with you, He'll never leave you, He'll never forsake you. Then one day something bad happens, and because you know Him so well, you can honestly say I don't have to worry about what will happen to me, because I know my God is with me. I don't have to worry about what will happen to me, because I know my God is with me.

And this is where David, you may know David from the Old Testament, a little shepard boy who became king, he got to this intimate place with God. And before you just say, well, that was David, a man after God's own heart, you have to understand David was a guy that threw more questions at God than most three of us will combined together. If you read his cries to God in the Psalms it's like, God where are you, why are my enemies after me, God why is Saul pursuing me, this isn't fair God, why don't you hear my cries God, on and on and on and on and on again, he was hurting, hurting, and hurting, but as he grew in intimacy with God, he started to recognize that God would never leave him, God was always with him, and the same God that asked those very pressing and real questions, eventually penned this. In Psalm 23 verse 4, David said this, he said, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley," even though I hate it, even though I don't understand it, even though this could take my life, even though hell is breaking loose, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley," he said, "I will fear no evil," why? God, "Because You are with me, because You are with me, because You are with me God, because you are with me, because You are with me," I don't have to worry about what might happen to me because my God is with me, even though I walk through the darkest valley.

And here's something that I've learned that I didn't know really in my 20's, I hadn't walked with God long enough, I always thought I experienced God best on the mountaintops, but I'll tell you what, I experienced God most intimately in the valleys, it's when I need Him, and when I'm broken that He becomes most real to me. On the mountaintops I'm tempted to forget about Him, and in God's sovereign Will, He may even allow me, or even lead me, through the valleys so I can learn to trust in Him more intimately. And I'm gonna tell you a real transparent story, I think I've only talked about this one time before. It was probably 10 years ago or so, and just to put it in as plain of terms as I can, I think what had happened is the church had outgrown me, in other words, the church was bigger than my faith, my leadership capacity, and what happened is I started having anxiety, and I had physical issues creepin' up, and I didn't know what to do with it.

Well one week I was preaching, back then I preached six times every weekend, and I would actually travel between locations, and I was doing the 8:30 service, and everything started to go fuzzy, and I was about 20 minutes in, I had about 10 minutes to go, and I just had to stop and say to our pastor, would you come finish it? And I walked off and went back, and then just, things went really weird, we had our small group people come back and pray, and I went to the doctor, all this kinda stuff, and it was real terror, and fear and such, and I didn't know what to do with it. About that season, I had preached one weekend, I told Amy afterwards that I just have to go get alone with God, and we have quite a bit of land, and then my neighbor has a lot more land, so where I live there's like, land, land, land, land, land, land, and sometimes I'd just go out into the woods and spend time with God.

And probably 1:30 in the afternoon, maybe 2, and I went out quite a distance into it, and I found this rock that was almost as big as a person, and I climbed up on the rock and I just started crying out to God, and it was fear, anxiety, can I keep this up, what's gonna happen? And about an hour or so into it, and this didn't, I don't do this hardly ever, I'd never done that before, about an hour into it, I really started to sense what I would just call the soothing, very real presence of God. About two hours into it, the tears turned from tears of fear into tears of joy. About three hours or so, I called Amy, I think it was even before text, I called her, said, don't worry about me, I'm out here praying, and it's good. Four or five hours, sun goes down, it's finally dark out there, and I didn't wanna come in, why? I'm tellin' ya, God was doing something in my heart that the doctors couldn't do, God was doing something in my heart that a sabbatical couldn't do, God was refilling me, touching me, encouraging me, building my faith, and when I came back from that moment, what had been a long downhill slide, was over, over. I hadn't a, not even a moment of that type of anxiety since, it was the presence of God, it was the presence of God, it was the presence of God.

There are times, I'm convinced, that God may allow you to get to a place where He's all you have, because until He's all you have, you may never recognize that He's all you really need. "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for my God is with me". God's ways are always loving, His ways are always higher, He is always, always, always, good, and always with you, and His presence is always enough. You say, well wait a minute Craig, God's a powerful God, and He can do what I want Him to do, yeah, sometimes He does. Sometimes He hears your prayer, moves in faith, and does miracles, and you say, that's undeniably God, and you worship Him when that happens. And there are other times when He doesn't, and guess what? You worship Him when that happens, why? Because He's still good, you say, but Craig, can't I pray and get God to do whatever I want? No, my God is way too big, He's way too glorious, He's way too supreme to be a puppet to men, He is the sovereign creator, God of the universe, who does not exist to serve us, we exist to serve Him.

And when we come into a right place and put Him into His right place, suddenly we worship Him not for just what He does, but we worship Him for who He is, His heart, His character, His nature, He is the God working in all things to bring about good to those who love Him and are called according His purpose, because that's who He is. His heart is always loving, His ways are always higher, His presence is always enough. So whenever you're tempted to say, God, why didn't you, where are you, aren't you there? Are you not good, are you not real? Are you not powerful, do you not care? That's On-Demand God, and On-Demand God does not exist. The true God is so much greater, and because of who He is, our only reasonable response is, God here I am, my whole life. Take it, use me God, to serve and glorify You. All of our churches, let's pray,

Father we thank You for Your goodness, Your presence, and we ask God that in this moment You would do a healing work in hearts just as You did in mine. We need You, God.

All of our churches, as you're reflecting in prayer today, I wonder how many of you would say quite honestly that there's something in your life right now that you may not really want, you don't understand, and it might be creating a bit of a challenge for you, would you lift up your hands right now, all of our churches lift up your hands, just lift up your hands, so many hands goin' up right now.

Father, I pray for those who are hurting, confused, and have something they don't want. God, and I tell you right now, that is me, my hand is lifted as well. We need you, God. Give us the grace to understand that Your ways are higher, give us the faith to trust that God, we know You hear our prayers and You often respond and do miracles, but God, sometimes Your miracle is revealed in a way that we don't understand. God, we do ask and believe for a miracle, I pray for healed marriages, God, I pray for financial provision, I pray God, for restoration in broken relationships. We pray for physical miracles God, we know that You can heal bodies, that the name Jesus is above every name, and we speak the name of Jesus asking for healing. And God, when You hear our prayers and You respond and do what we want, we'll worship You. And God, because we love You we're submitted to You and because we trust You. Even when You don't do what we want, we will love You, God, we'll always worship You, because You're always good. I pray God, I pray, that by the power of Your presence, You'd minister to those who are struggling to believe, that they could still embrace You, even when life doesn't go the way they want, knowing You're an eternal God, You're working in all things to conform us to the image of Your son, and to bring about good, God, for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.

Keep praying today at all of our churches, nobody looking around. If there's ever a time that God is an On-Demand God, let me tell you when it is; it's when you cry out to Him for forgiveness. His answer is always yes, every single time, He's always available to you. And we talked about the loving heart of God, and I hope you'll feel this, there is no more loving act in the history of the world than what God did for us, through His son Jesus. He doesn't prove His love for us when He does what we want, He proved His love for us when He sent His son, when God became flesh in the person of His son Jesus, who lived without sin, who died the most brutal death on a cross but didn't stay dead. Three days later the tomb was empty, He was raised from the dead, Jesus was no longer there, why? He was raised so that anyone, and this includes you, who calls on Him, the name of Jesus, would be completely forgiven. Your sin's erased, you become a new creation, and all of our churches, there are those of you, you recognize you've done some things wrong, you feel guilty, you wonder where you stand with God.

When you call on the name of Jesus, God hears your prayers, He forgives Your sins, and in a moment He makes you new. At all of our churches there are those of you, you recognize, I need His grace, I need His forgiveness, I need His mercy, you simply look at what He's done, and my only reasonable response is to turn from my sin, turn towards You and call on You, Jesus. Be the savior of my life, be my Lord, and all of our churches those who say yes, I need His grace, yes I need His forgiveness today, by faith I trust in Him, I give my life to Him, that's your prayer, lift your hands high right now, all over the place and say, yes. Right back over here, both of you, God bless you guys, way back over here as well. Others of you in this section right back here, thank You God, right back over here, say yes Jesus, I surrender, I need You. Church Online, you click right below me, we're all gonna pray together celebrating new life in Christ, pray aloud, pray:

Heavenly Father, Today I surrender, My life to You. Trust in You, To save me, To forgive my sins, And to make me new. Fill me with your spirit, so I can follow you, and serve you, every single day. My life is not my own. I give it to You. Thank You for new life, now You have mine, in Jesus' name I pray.

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