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Those People - Week 2

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Yeah, I got it. I'm looking over it right now. I'm going to have to get back to you. Sometimes in life you go looking for trouble. I have a feeling trouble is about to walk through my door. Vivian Cherie, she has an uncanny ability to make you do things you never want to. I'm sorry to bother you, Jake. I just had no one else to turn to. You're so strong, no one backs down to you. Flattery, it get's you nowhere. Are you in? In dealing with the difficult, this is by far the hardest of all Those people. Well, we're super glad to have all of you with us at all of our different LifeChurches, our Network Churches, and those of you from countries around the world joining us at ChurchOnline. We are in the middle of a series called, Those People. Everybody say those people. Now, who are we talking about? We're talking about Those people. If you were with us last week, we talked about those overly needy people. Next week, we're talking about those hypocritical people, those who say one thing and do something else. How do we minister to them in a way that would honor God? Then, we are going to talk about those critical people, those who can pick anything apart and often do including you. Today, we're going to talk about those manipulative people. So, let me get a show of hands at all of our different churches, how many of you know someone at some point in your life who would try to control you, manipulate you, or impose their will upon their life? Would you raise your hand right now? Raise them up high, go ahead and raise both hands up in the air, raise both hands up in the air. I'm just seeing if I've still got control over you and you will do whatever I say! Just joking! Okay anyway, there's an old joke supposedly in heaven. There's going to be two lines. One day, Saint Peter's monitoring the two lines. One line is headed up by a sign that says, For Men Who are Controlled by Their Wives, and under that line there were men as far as the eye could see. Then, there was another sign that said, For Men Who are Not Controlled by Their Wives, and there was one poor guy standing all by himself. Saint Peter went up to the guy, looked at the sign that said For Men Not Controlled by Their Wives, and said to the poor guy, What are you doing over here? And the guy said, I don't know man, my wife just told me to shut up and stand over here in this line and don't ask any questions! So, today we're going to talk about how do we deal with those manipulative and controlling people. And we've got to recognize that this has been a problem since the beginning of time. In fact, I put for you in your notes three different examples of those who would manipulate others. If you want to follow along or you can read on your own. Mark Six shows two different women in the New Testament who manipulated and controlled Herod. If you know the story, Herod was throwing himself a big birthday party, had all of these people and most likely he had been drinking a little bit too much and was catching a serious buzz. He said to the daughter of Herodias, I want to see a little dance. And she must have danced something, I don't know what she did, but he thought, 'This was so amazing, you can have anything you want baby, that was good! I'll give you anything you want, up to half of my kingdom.' And he said this in front of everybody. And so, the daughter went to her Mom Herodias and said, 'Mom, what do we ask for, what do we ask for, what do we ask for?' Well, Herodias hated, despised John the Baptist, because John the Baptist had been calling her out on her sinfulness. And so the Mom says, 'We want the head of John the Baptist on a platter.' And so, these two women took Herod and basically put him in a corner and said, 'You said it publicly, you promised, we want it.' And he ended up doing something that he didn't want to do and tragically he took the life of John the Baptist. Manipulation and control. In the Old Testament, Genesis 25, you can read about two brothers, Jacob and Esau. Esau was the older brother who had the birthright, Jacob was the younger brother who was ticked that his older brother had the birthright. Esau went hunting, killed some deer or some moose, or something. He came home and was like, 'I'm hungry!' Jacob, the younger brother was cooking up a pretty sweet bowl of stew. The older brother said, 'I'm about to die I'm so hungry! Give me some!' The younger brother goes, 'Gotcha! You want some of this fresh vegetable beef stew with little red carrots and nice dead cow? You've got to give me your birthright.' And the younger brother cornered the older brother in a power play, tricked the older brother out of his birthright. Manipulation and control, we see it once again. The most tragic perhaps, and to me funny story, it's so funny I actually put part of the text in your notes because I don't know why, it just cracks me up. Delilah, in the Old Testament, manipulated Samson. If you don't know who Samson is, he was the strong dude in the Old Testament. He had strength that somehow the power came from his long hair, and the Philistines, the enemies, wanted to know, 'What's the secret of your strength?' And so, Delilah, this good-looking seductress, kind of went undercover to try to get the secret of his strength. And over and over again she was like, 'Hey big boy, what's your secret?' And it didn't work over and over and over again. But she didn't give up, and I want to show you just what the Bible says. Now, just so you know, whenever you read it you've got to give the seductress, cheesy, woman's voice or it doesn't work the same way! So be warned, here it comes, okay, best I can do, Judges 16:15: Then she said to him, How can you say, 'I love you,'... Never mind! I'll just stick with the guy voice, okay! How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength. Now, verse 16, in case you don't have a good sense of humor, this is where it gets funny, okay! With such what? Everybody say it aloud: With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. That's funny! That's funny! I mean, she just nagged and nagged until he was tired to death! 'I surrender woman! I give up!' The King James version says: She vexed his soul unto death. Thus sayeth the Lord! Anyway, she just went on and on and on, until finally he was like, 'Hey, I can't take it anymore! Kill me, cut my hair, here's the secret of my strength!' So, this is a very common problem and we're kind of having a little bit of fun with it, but tragically in our lives today, we will often allow people that sometimes they're trying to hurt us, other times they really have our best interest at heart; and yet, one way or another they corner us and start to pull our strings, control us and we end up surrendering the direction of our lives to someone besides God. Now, how do manipulators work? I've got just three different common tactics of manipulators. If you're taking notes, manipulators love to use flattery. Some of you surely work with this guy at the office. The brown noser, the suck up, Great presentation boss, you're the best of the best! Can I have next week off? Or, it's the lady who says, Oh, I like your hair! Are you losing some weight? to the lady, because men don't ever say, Oh, you know..., what they say is, Oh, are you beefing up? You're working out! Well, as a matter of fact, I am! And it's like, Hey, you're so good, I love you baby! Give me some! And it's this flattery where you try to get what you want. Then too, perhaps even more common tactics of manipulators, a lot of them will use threats, they're going to use threats. You know, If you do it you'll regret it; I promise you, you will regret it. I'm going to hang up on you, we're not going to be friends anymore. I'm not going to call you. I'm not coming to your birthday party if you do that. Or it's, I thought I could count on you. You know, I thought we were tight. And yet, obviously, I can't depend on you. Oh, you call yourself a Christian ha? And they go on, threats and threats and threats. Oh, if you do this, you're not going to get any of that. I don't know what that could mean, but you know, that could mean anything, if you use your imagination, threats. A final thing if you're taking notes is guilt. It's that, After all I've done for you, how can you call yourself a Christian and you won't even... Oh, I see how it is, okay, okay, okay. You just go on without me, I'll just stay here all by myself for the rest of my life! I probably won't eat next week because... You know, whatever it is. But you'll see this. You know, your mom might make you feel guilty, your kids might make you feel guilty. You know, If you loved me, you really would. But obviously, you don't love me. And through bribery, through threats and through guilt, a lot of people who otherwise are pretty decent people, work their way in and sometimes knowingly, often unknowingly, grab the strings of your life and start leading you to a dance that you should not do. What do we do when we recognize that someone is trying to manipulate or control us? How do we break the power of manipulation and control in our lives? What I want to do again is offer you three different prayers, because it's so important that we're led by the Spirit of God in relationships. What we don't want to do is just try to impose our own will and do what we think is right, but really ask for God to give us direction and wisdom when we're dealing with Those people. Prayer number one if you're taking notes is this: 1. I want to pray, God, help me recognize when someone is trying to manipulate me. Help me to recognize it, because let's be honest, so many of us have been for so long in such dysfunctional relationships that we don't even recognize our own dysfunction. We've got others that just play us and we play along. We don't even recognize it, it's just a very unhealthy dance. They lead and we follow, and we don't even recognize that someone else is threatening or making us feel guilty and leading us to do something that is not in our best interest, or for God's glory. We can see a really interesting story that when Jesus was opening up to His disciples and I can only imagine how much of a vulnerable time this was for Jesus. He takes His inner-circle friends, those He's been doing life with, and basically He's going to say to them, 'Here's the reason I came', and He's just going to put it on the table and say, 'I've got to give my life and they're going to beat the tar out of me and it's going to be ugly, but I'm doing this because God sent me, and it's on your behalf that I'm going to give my life and I'm going to be raised again.' And this is surely one of the most vulnerable moments, as Jesus puts His cause, His purpose, in front of His disciples. We see it in Matthew 16:21-22. The text says: From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Now verse 22, watch as Peter tries to take control of the situation. What did Peter do? Say it aloud: Peter took him aside... Why did Peter take him aside? Because manipulators often lose their power in groups. And he takes him aside and isolates him and began to rebuke him: Never, Lord! he said. This shall never happen to you! Now, what's interesting to me about this is we all have to acknowledge that there are those who are very intentional manipulators. It may be the abusive husband who uses power and threats to control his wife. It may be the wife who withholds something from her husband to manipulate and control him. It may be the bully who threatens the younger, smaller kids at school. But so often, perhaps the most common form of manipulation isn't from someone who dislikes us, but someone who loves us and simply wants what they believe is best for us. And that was the case of Peter. He was like, 'Hey Jesus, I love you, I don't want you to die, no!' And if you really think about it, Peter, in his good intentions was trying to stand between Jesus and God's will for Jesus. 'No, no! I don't want this to happen.' And we have to be very prayerful and recognize that there are times when someone who loves us is like, 'No, no, no, no, no, you don't want to do that with your life. Oh no, you can do something better! Oh no, that wouldn't be the right thing!' And that person, even in their good intentions may be standing between you and where God wants you to be. So, how do you recognize when someone is trying to manipulate or control you? Here's just a couple of things if you're taking notes. What I've found in working with people throughout the years, is that you often feel guilty and find it hard to say no. Some of you, if you look at someone in your life, you're desire to please them, to do what they want, is often born out of guilt or this belief that you're the only one that can solve their problems. And if you ever say, No, I can't, or I won't, or Not anymore', you feel guilty like you're letting them down because you feel ultimately responsible for them. That could be a case where someone is pulling your strings and making you dance to the wrong tune. The second thing is: 2. You compromise your values to please others. You compromise your values. You may be the sweet girl and you're dating a guy and he's good in so many other ways, but he's pressuring you to do something that you'd rather not do. And you tell him no but he says, Oh, but I love you! And finally he says, You know, if you won't, there's a hundred other women who will! And what happens? You compromise your values to someone else who loves himself more than he loves you and he's manipulating you. Or, your friends want you to go to the club or go to the movie and you're like, You know, this movie's not going to be good for me, there's a lot of bad stuff in it... or This club, you know, I remember what happened last time. And they're like, Oh yeah, goodie two shoes ha? Oh, you're a Christian boy, now you're a Christian girl now! You're too good for us now! Okay, holier than thou! And hey, they don't hate you, they love you, they just want you to come. But they manipulate you, and before long you let someone else lead you to do something that you shouldn't do. God, help us to know, help us to know when someone else is manipulating because they could be standing in the middle of us and what you want for us. What do you do when someone backs you into a corner? I'll illustrate it this way: My bride Amy, she's always wanted to ballroom dance. Okay, and I will be honest with you, I'll do about anything, but you've got to draw the line somewhere, okay, but I'd rather get a pedicure than a ballroom dance. I've only had one pedicure and I went out and rubbed my nails and then threw up! It's like just not right! But anyway, she just loves this stuff and years and years and years. Finally, I thought, I really love her, I'm not going out for lessons, but what I did is I went and rented a DVD that was like Ballroom Dancing For Dummies! I thought, we'll shut the blinds in our bedroom, lock the door, give the kids NyQuil, and no kids coming in at night! You know, this is guaranteed it's going to lead somewhere good if I just endure this for a while. And so, we put this DVD in and we're like horrible! I mean, like break dancing, I'm all up into it, I grew up in the eighties, I had the pants, I can pop and I could do it! But, ballroom dancing, I don't know! And so, I'm stepping on her and she's stepping on me, you know, you're not doing it right! There was one step we mastered, one step. It's called getting out of the corner. Imagine this is the corner and you're dancing, watch, just watch. And I'm out of the corner baby, just like that! So, if we ever go ballroom dancing, we can just set up like a four-foot square, and the whole time we'll just put us a square. Baby, we're just in and out, in and out, in and out, and I can get you on a corner all night. Look, here's the thing, cheesy example, but you'll remember this, somebody is going to back you into a corner, they're taking control, they're leading. What you've got to do is you've been dancing the same dance for a long time and it's time to teach them a new dance step. I'm not going to let you back me into a corner anymore. You used to control and I used to give in and we danced this unhealthy dance for a long time, but you need to understand, because I love you and because I love what God wants to do through me, we're dancing a different dance step. The second prayer is this, and we're going to pray very, very simply: God empower me, empower me; give me the courage, the will, the resolve to put healthy boundaries in place. I'm going to redefine the dance and I'm not going to be a rude jerk and I'm not going to be, I'm just going to put a boundary in place and say, Here are the new rules. And this is, man, you can't put a bigger boundary in place than Jesus did to Peter when Peter said, 'No! I'm not going to let you die!' Verse 23: Jesus turned to Peter and.... What did He say? He said: Get behind me, Satan! You talk about a boundary, okay! Now, why? He said to Peter: You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men. So here's what you do, whenever your grandma's trying to manipulate you. You just look at her and you say, Grandma, it's not going to work on me! Then call her Satan! Don't do that, don't do that! But, what you need to understand is someone else can be actually a stumbling block to you and they're leading you to do something that doesn't help them and it hurts you and you redefine the dance. You're kids are throwing a fit, and you know, you just say, Hey, guess what? You can keep on flopping like a dead fish, dying fish on the floor, but you're not getting the candy. In fact, when you get home, you're not getting candy for the rest of the month. You can threaten and all of this, but there's a new dance and you're no longer in control. You can say to a friend, Listen, you can pout, you can hang up, you can threaten, you can walk away, and I want you to know I am still going to love you, but that's not going to work on me anymore. We're dancing a new dance. You can say to the person who is always threatening you, Well, you're going to lose your job, and If you do this, and We're not going to..., you can say, Listen, why don't you go ahead and follow through with your threats because I'm not going to give in to that anymore, that's not Biblical love, this is not mutual submission, and this is not going to work on me. You want to threaten, go ahead and follow through on it because that's no longer going to work. And you redefine, you take the power back in a loving way and say, I am not going to let you control me in that way. I will give you an example from the church. In the early years, I believe I got into a place that God was really going to test me or allow me, or try to figure out just how serious I would be about leading this church well. We had about a hundred people coming and that was it in the first year. Very small start-up church, and we had a booming LifeGroup ministry, there were two of them. There was mine and there was a big one, my good friend had a group of about 30 people, that was about a third of the church. This guy, I considered a good friend then, and I consider him a good friend today. We worked through what I'm about to tell you and he's a good friend and I love him. But at the time, he was teaching something that I disagreed with. Now, in the ministry world we might call it name it and claim it theology. That's kind of the street term, or blab it and grab it, see it and be it! In other words, if you just have enough faith and just believe, I believe God for a new BMW and I know I'm in debt! You know, and if I just believe it, it's got to be there. And you just hang on it and don't's just...basically what that is, is a not so subtle way of manipulating God. In other words, I will get what I say if I have enough faith and I elevate myself up above the Sovereignty of God. And is it true God honors faith? Yes! Is it true God honors the spoken word? Yes! But if you get to that point..anyway, I'm obviously getting diverted. You're not God, God is God. And so, he was teaching this stuff, God's got to heal you! And you know the truth is, you've got to die one time, eventually you're going to die. You know, 170 years old because you've got a lot of faith? Get me off of this, I'm sorry! I'm just getting on to it! So anyway, I said to the guy, Your theology is not good, you need to stop! And he said, No, I'm right! I said, Alright, I'll tell you what.. and I prayed and I said, Okay, you're bald and you don't like that you're bald. Here's the deal, I shouldn't of said this but I did. I said, You're bald, pray hair in and you can keep teaching it! Just name it and claim it, just get one, I don't care, one hair! If you get a bunch, you can preach next Sunday, but just pray! I give you a week, just fast, pray it in, name it and claim it, whatever; you get some hair and you can keep teaching. Well, a week later he still looked like Howie Mandel! Okay, so I said, You've got to stop. Well he said, You know, if you make me stop, I'm going to take these people and start a church. And I drew a line in the sand and said, That's not going to work on me, you want to take them, take them. You're not going to teach that in this church under this leadership. And sure enough, a very significant portion of this very small and very fragile church left. And I believe it was on that day that in some spiritual way God said, 'Okay, to whom I've given a little, he's been faithful, I'll give him a little bit more.' And I believe with all of my heart that there are some of you in a situation that's standing between you and what God wants. It may be a person who really loves you, but they're trying to impose their will on you and not God's will. And they have good intentions, just like Peter did. No, no, no, no, no, but you have to change the dance and say, Guess what? There's new rules. I'm not going to let you control me, because I want to be under the power of God and not someone else. Why is that so important? Listen to this, because if you let someone else control you, you are committing the sin of idolatry. Let that sink in, you are committing the sin of idolatry. You're putting someone else above the Sovereign God and allowing a person perhaps to misdirect you from what God really wants for you. God, help me to recognize when someone is trying to manipulate me. God, empower me to put healthy boundaries in place to redefine the dance, to dance out of the corner and to redefine this relationship. And number three is where I want to land and this to me is the most important thought in our whole time together and that is, this prayer that I pray, you own, live, and take before God. 3. God, help me see my own need to control and surrender everything to you. God, help me see my own need to control and manipulate and surrender everything to you because in this teaching it's going to be so easy to get zeroed in on Those people. And we have to remember all of the time everyday, that in one way or another, we are Those people. We are Those people. And I can't speak on behalf of you, but I can tell you about me, and that is, I have a deep and ungodly desire to control everything. I mean, I can just say it like this: God loves you and I have a wonderful plan for your life! I want you to do what I want you to do! I mean, that's true in my marriage; I want Amy to do what I want, I want my children to do what I want them to do, and I want our church to do what I want our church to do, and I want in my schedule, it to go the way I want it, and I want my finances to do what I want them to do, and if something breaks, I don't want that! And the bottom line is, there are two reasons I like to be in control: 1. Because I'm afraid of surrendering to someone or something else. 2. Deep down and I hate this, but if I'm just dead honest, it's that I believe I make a better God than God. I want to be in control. And if you want to be in control, chances are pretty good it's because you're afraid of letting go, and you believe you make a better God than God. And guess what? I don't make a good God and you don't make a good God, because you don't know the whole picture and you don't have that much power. And yet, we try to control and manipulate and we will never have a relationship do what God wants when one has power in an ungodly way, rather than mutual submission. Now, there is a difference between leading well. I should lead my children, not control them, not manipulate them. And I've had to come to the place where, and this has been a real big point of spiritual development in my life in the last three years. And those close to me can tell you that I have really tried to take and name those things that I want to control and say, God, I cannot control these, they're yours, by faith I give them to you. They're His anyway, but it's my saying, I'm taking it out of my hands and I give these to you. God, I give you this church because this church is not mine, it's yours. I can't do anything with it, you can do so much more. I give you my family. Oh dear God, I've got two teenagers driving now! Help me Jesus! Okay, I mean like, I know many of you have been through that and you've warned me and...oh, nobody prays like a parent with teenagers that are just now going out on the road. And I can't control that, they're His, I trust Him, I trust Him. I've got my schedule just so insanely out of control, how can I get..., God, I trust you to be enough in me, I trust you to be enough. And I don't know what it is for you but I can guarantee you, I can guarantee you that many of you, that you are those people and you're trying to control someone else. And you've got your thumb down on your kids and you're just hanging, you're not leading them, you're controlling them and they resent it and they want out. Or you've got a marriage where you're passively aggressively jabs and threats and fear; and listen, you'll never have what God wants. Or it could be even your health you know, God's got to do this and if God doesn't do that! Listen, God is God and He's going to be glorified through whatever He chooses to do. And so you take that, what you want to control, that what you won't, you've got the death grip on it and you just say, God you know what? This isn't mine, God, it's all been yours since the beginning of time. And I by faith open up and I surrender this to you. And here's what Scripture says, I love this, Isaiah 26:3-4: You will kept in perfect peace... I don't know a lot of people in perfect peace. I know people in perfect turmoil and fear and anxiety, but you will be kept in perfect peace: ...all who trust in you God, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! When I'm trying to control, my thoughts are fixed on what I can do, not on what God can do. Verse Four: ...Trust in the Lord... How often everybody? Trust in the Lord: ...always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Trust in the Lord when you don't understand. Trust in the Lord when your marriage isn't where you want it to be. Trust in the Lord when you'd rather take control of your finances and do it your way instead of God's way. Trust in the Lord when you get a report from your doctor that you don't like. Trust in the Lord when your kids are going in a direction you don't want them to go. Trust in the Lord always for He is the eternal Rock. If you try to control it, I can promise you something less than God's best, because you and I don't make good god. We have One Good God, and that is Him, and rather than trying to manipulate everything the way we want it, we come under the truth of His Word, surrender it to Him and trust Him to bring about His perfect will. God, I pray that your Spirit would help us. God help us to recognize when we are one of those people and we're trying to control ultimately God, something that belongs to you. All of our different churches today as you're praying, some of you, you've got a relationship and there's tension. And someone else has control and you've got to redefine it, you know it. I want to pray for you today, would you lift up your hands right now at all of our churches, if that's you, there's some power struggle, someone else is controlling and manipulating you, would you lift up your hands right now? Just lift them up, all of our different churches, there's a bunch of you. Others of you, you recognize you're trying to control, you're trying to hang on, you're white knuckling something, you won't let it go, you are one of those people hanging on and trying to maintain control and manipulating today. You want to give that something to God, would you lift up your hands, all of our different churches right now. Just lift them up high before God today. God, I thank you for the honesty of your people who want to honor you God. First, for those in dysfunctional relationships. God, I pray that we would recognize when we've given power in an unhealthy way to a person who should not be controlling us. God show us that. And then, God I pray that you would give us courage and strength because God, I know for so many we've been beaten down so long and we don't even know what's healthy. God, I pray that through discussions in LifeGroups and through an openness in your Word and through prayer time that your children would have the courage to redefine an unhealthy relationship to enforce a new boundary, to change the dance, to get out of the corner. And God, I know there's all sorts of complications that go with this, and I know that it can get a lot messier and sometimes never gets exactly to where we want it to be. But God, I pray that we wouldn't let any person stand between us and what you want to do. God, give us the wisdom and the courage to do what's right. Now God, I pray for those who are holding on to something, for someone who is really hurting right now and wanting their will and their way. God, I hope that we could be like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweat drops of blood before you and He said, 'God, if there's any other way, I'd love to do it that way. But nevertheless God, I trust you. Not my will, not my plans, not my desires, not what I want God, but you're will be done.' God, give us the courage, the faith. God, I pray that our thoughts would be fixed on you. That God, we would trust you. God, I pray that even in this moment, for some today that are holding on to something that they should give to you. God, I pray that at this moment, right now, in your presence, there would be a spiritual breakthrough. God, that by faith they would hand this to you and never take it back and trust you oh God. You God, You are good. God, you're working in all things to bring about good to those who love you and are called according to your purpose and we surrender and trust this to you now God. As you're praying today just give it a name, whatever it is; a child, a friend, a spouse, a parent, a condition, a situation, a fear. Just give it a name and say, God, I trust you with this. Just tell Him, just under your breath, just say, God, I trust you with this. And God, we thank you that we'll be kept in perfect peace as we trust in You. As you keep praying today at all of our different churches, man, I've got some great news! There are many of you that God brought here today for the ultimate surrender, the ultimate surrender above anything else. The tragedy today is, there's so many people who never fully surrender their heart, their lives, their past, their present, their future, to the only One who can really make a difference; the One who cares, to the God, the Creator of the universe. The problem is, and I just want to be very blunt, a lot of us, we try to manipulate God. We try to say, Hey God, I went to church, we're good right? Hey God, I did some good works for somebody, we're good right? Hey God, I'm not as bad as some people, hey we're good, we're good, right God? And let me tell you what, no, you're not ever good, I'm not ever good. None of were good, we are pathetic sinners in the sight of a Holy God. Our sin separates us from God. God is the One who is good, and because God is good, God did something for us that we couldn't do for ourselves. He sent Jesus, the sinless Son of God, who stepped past Peter, who loved Him and tried to talk Him out of it and became obedient to death on a cross, shed His blood so that whoever would call on His name after He was raised from the dead, would be forgiven, changed, healed, transformed. There are those of you today, you've never fully given your life to Him and that's why you're here. Today surrender, every bit, all of your life and say, Jesus, take my life, forgive me, make me new. I hold nothing back, I give my life wholly and completely to you. If that's your prayer today at all of our churches, would you lift your hands high right now? Lift them high right now, lift them up all over the place, lift them up and say, Yes! Right back over here, God bless you. Over here in this section, fantastic! And right back over here as well. Others of you today, ChurchOnline, you click right here, right back here in the back, praise God for you! Others today who would say, Yes Jesus, I surrender, I give it all to you, every bit of my life. Lift up your hands and say, Yes God, that's my prayer today! Right back over here, I surrender my life completely to you! Others today who would say, Yes! Everybody pray aloud with those around you. Pray Heavenly Father, I need you! Jesus save me, forgive me, make me new. I am a sinner who needs a Savior. I surrender my life, my past, my present, my future to you. Jesus, come into my heart, fill me with your Spirit so I could serve you always. 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. All of our churches, would you get loud, would you worship God, would you welcome those today born into God's family!

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Those People - Week 2 - Craig Groeschel -

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