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2014 For Believers Only-Unconditional Surrender
Saturday, 28 December 2013 22:30

Unconditional Surrender is a surrender without conditions or guarantees. God demands unconditional surrender from the believer.

Holiness is the only basis for fellowship with God and therefore the only basis for Christian ministry.

 

Mankind Has a Holiness Deficit

 

Man has a holiness problem, a holiness deficit. Holiness is separation unto God and from sin. Sin is a falling short of God's standards of righteousness. Mankind has a love relationship with sin as a consequence of the Fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. Spiritual death not only brought sin into the world, it also made sin the defining characteristic of humanity without God [Ps 51.5; 58.3; Eph 2.1-3]. Men and women are sinners by birth, but we also each personally reject righteousness [Rom 5.12b]. Mankind is spiritually dead and hostile to God without His unilateral intervention by grace [Jn 1.13; 15.16]. Jesus came to defeat sin and to rescue sinners from sin and its consequence, which is death [Col 1.13-14; Heb 2:14-15]. God's mission among men to the establish holiness and thereby create a new race of worshippers for Himself.

 

1 Peter 1:14–16 (NKJV)

14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” [Lev 11.44-45]

 

Made Holy: But Is Your Position Your Practice?

 

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 

This is the primary reason for our redemption: it was not so that we could be healthy or successful or even happy. The believer is redeemed and prepared to be a worshipper of God. This is seen in the Law provided to Israel which was designed to make them a people among whom God could live. All of that law pertained to their sanctification as the nation in whose midst the God of the Universe resided. How much more, now that the very body of the believer is the temple of God Almighty [1Cor 6.19], should we be expected to be holy "in all y[our] conduct?" We are placed here for God, God was not placed here for us.

When a sinner believes the gospel, among other benefits, he is forgiven of his sins, he is declared righteous or holy, he receives a new nature and the power of the sin nature over his life is broken. However the sin nature is not removed but remains within the believer where it must be defeated daily. The outcome of this daily victory is also called holiness.

 

  • The believer is made holy by the sovereign action of God by justification [Rom 5.1] and imputation of Christ's righteousness [2Cor 5.21].
  • He is given a new nature through regeneration [2Cor 5.17; Titus 3.5] when he now desires the things of God
  • The power of the evil fallen nature is broken through the baptism of the Holy Spirit into Christ [Rom 6.1-14]

 

Even so, without this daily victory and progressive sanctification of the believer [functional holiness], many doors of spiritual opportunity will be closed to him. When the believer compromises with sin, when he justifies a partial commitment to the Lord and a partial commitment to the world, that believer cannot experience fellowship with the Lord or advance in his spiritual life to the place of ultimate usefulness to God. He also loses the opportunity to experience his best destiny upon the earth and the great personal peace, joy and mental health made possible by consistent fellowship with God. The reason for this failure is that God accepts no less than unconditional surrender from men and this includes believers.

 

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

 

Malfunction of the Local Church

 

It is possible to be born again, belong to a local church, function in ministry, win the lost etc. and still remain in a state of partial commitment to God. A state of partial commitment is in a real sense fighting God.

 

James 4:4–5 (NKJV)

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

 

This passage is written to believers, not unbelievers. The context of chapters three and four is related to believers. The book itself is written to believers [Jas 1.2]. The malfunction of the local church is caused by the false belief that God will meet the believer half way: half way between sin and righteousness, that He will accept participation in ministry rather than commitment to obedience, enthusiasm rather than self discipline, love for man over love for God and His Word.

 

Because the believer falsely believes that God can't tell the difference between a holy, separated believer and a Christian cheerleader, the church has failed to impact the community or the nation in our generation. The community is lacking in strong marriages and intact families. Many communities are unsafe places without an adequate economic base. Churches are prospering but the people are poor and getting poorer relative to the nation as a whole. Our young people [black] are subject to mass incarceration. There is little knowledge of our history and no cultural consciousness. Our nation is committed to God dishonoring redefinition of the concepts of freedom, life, marriage and privacy, both here and abroad. Today, ill-defined and morally questionable ends always justify sinful means to accomplish national objectives. The reason for these conditions is not because there is a new kind of sinner in America, but a new kind of Christian.

 

God is not mocked, until the believer unconditionally surrenders to God: a surrender without conditions or guarantees, then the local church will remain ineffective and overrun with false doctrines and false teachers. We must expect more from ourselves, more from our churches and pastors and more from our Christian organizations.

 

  1. We need to repent of our having joint relations with the World and with Christ. We need to unconditionally surrender and cease hostilities with God
  1. We need to separate from believers who are doing a balancing act between sin and God.
  1. We need to separate from churches and Christian organizations that are of questionable ethics, questionable associations and questionable doctrine, regardless of the cost.

 

Meaning of Surrender

 

Unconditional surrender means that you are constantly alert to what you are doing, what you are saying and thinking. You do this not because you are under some sort of legalistic bondage, but because there is a greater life and a greater spiritual opportunity that awaits the believer who is really serious about pleasing God. When you find an area in which you are compromising with sin, you must deal with it decisively. This is about your life, not you spouse's life or your friend's life, but your own. This is not a crusade to clean everybody else up.

 

This kind of life is a life characterized by prayer. In order to acquire and maintain the spiritual power necessary to live a separated life in this world, there must be an active prayer life. There also needs to be daily bible reading, because there is great power in the scriptures for the person who is committed to the Lord. For this person, the scriptures provide daily guidance, encouragement and motivation to continue the fight.

Once this commitment is made, you will come under temptation to go back to your former way of life where you served God and made room for certain compromises with sin. Temptations will become greater than you remember them to be. You may be asked if you have or are becoming a "fanatic" by some believers. Also, do not expect others to follow you in this commitment, it is likely that they will not. Remember that the Spirit of God promotes good relations with all persons when it is possible to do so without compromise. We are not at war with people, but with the devil [2Cor 10.3-5].

 

Many Benefits of Holiness

 

  1. Holiness will save you from divine discipline. Many of your Christian friends are under divine discipline, but we have learned to call it by other names, such as "the devil" or "spiritual warfare" or the result of a "negative confession." Its war all right, but war with God, not the devil.
  2. Holiness will give you spiritual insight: you will become able to see things in scripture, in prayer and in life that you were blind to before
  3. Holiness will make you available for relationships with others that were not available when you were compromised with sin.
  4. Holiness will make you available for activities and ministry for which you were previously unqualified. God will assign you to new responsibilities and opportunities
  5. Holiness will increase your faith in God. More faith in God will in turn increase your holiness.
  6. Holiness will lead to a clarification of doctrinal problems and confusion as the Holy Spirit reveals the meaning of Scripture.
  7. Holiness today provides the spiritual power for greater victories over the flesh tomorrow.
  8. Holiness enables the believer to realize the spiritual capacities created by belonging to the Body of Christ. The believer becomes capable of realizing their spiritual potential while on earth.
  9. Holiness enables true worship. The compromised believer is incapable of true worship because his worship is unacceptable to God [Ps 33.1 KJV]. He therefore must settle for "Christian Entertainment" and call this worship. God cannot accept the worship of compromised individuals.
  10. Holiness begins the resolution of psychological issues resulting in true mental health. Many, non-organic mental health issues for believers are a result of the attempt to balance the true Christian life with various categories of sin and false teaching. The outcome of this balancing act is mental instability. Holiness simplifies life and resolves these conflicts and subsequently eliminates the harmful mechanisms that we create to live with the pain of these compromises.
  1. Holiness does not guarantee health or wealth, but it does enable God to bless you with things that he could not as a believer living out of fellowship without compromising His own holy character.

 

It is time to quit pretending that our sophisticated compromises with sin, with the world, with worldly believers and with false doctrine are ok with God. Every believer needs to start the new year with a formal cessation of hostilities with God and an unconditional writ of surrender to Him. This is a battle that you cannot win.

 
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