Hello Family!

This past Sunday at church was really wonderful. As I am sure you are well aware, we believe God said that 2015 would be a year of Devotion, Fruitfulness and Offense. 

You are doing great in walking this out! The first four months of this year have been phenomenal. People have been hearing from the Lord and responding in obedience!

At the same time, we must remember that vision has a tendency to leak. This is common in churches and organizations across the world. Every once in a while, we forget why we are doing what we are doing. On top of that, the world, the flesh and the devil all attempt to make us forget what Jesus has called us to as a family .

Yet, I have been so encouraged that He has been speaking to several people at Normandy with a similar theme: It is time to surrender.

Surrender means to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, because you know that you will not win or succeed; or to give the control or use of (something) to someone else.

Great. That is super spiritual. But what does it mean?

I believe it means that before we get to a greater level of fruitfulness and a greater level of devotion, we need some breakthrough. I believe our church family genuinely wants to live out what we think the Lord has given us for the year. I believe we genuinely want to experience more of His presence, more of His glory, and more of His love in our homes, our families, our work, and our church!

So what we need is breakthrough, and breakthrough comes through surrender.

According to Merriam-Webster, surrender means – "to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, because you know that you will not win or succeed; or to give the control or use of (something) to someone else."

Breakthrough comes when we are willing to chose absolute surrender of our wills to the will of God. What He is calling us to is to say yes without reserve or resistance. He wants us to offer our bodies as ONE sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) where our Sunday services and community groups become an altar where men and women lay down their lives to the Lord!

The question is - where is He calling you to stop fighting, hiding, or resisting Him? What area does He want you to give Him control?

While it may seem scary, when we surrender we get something in return. We get Jesus! Which is why the Apostle Paul could count everything else as trash in comparison to simply knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:7-15).

So! Let's press on to know Him and abandon our lives to the King in great expectation that He will completely prove His worth and value over all things!

[13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:13-14