Days 5

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adapted from Break Free

Let Go
The lie we believe is that we, independent of God, shall be like God.  So, being like God,  we believe we should be in control of our lives.  The truth is, we will only know freedom when we surrender our lives to Christ and give Him control.

Romans 10:9 ESV
9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
According to this verse, conversion requires professing that Jesus is Lord.  What does it mean to you that Jesus is Lord?

Exodus 20:2-3 ESV
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

What does it mean to have no other Gods before the Lord?
What are some things that can become gods in peoples lives?
What things do you have the tendency to make a god in your life?
Luke 16:13 ESV
13No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Habakkuk 2:18 ESV
18 “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
Psalm 115:4-8 ESV
4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 5They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.6They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.7They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
Jeremiah 2:5 ESV
5Thus says the Lord: “What wrong did your fathers find in me
that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
Why does God want us to have no other gods before Him?
Psalm 24:1
1The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
What does this verse tell us?
Isaiah 43:1 ESV
1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
What does this verse tell us?
2 Corinthians 5:15 ESV
15and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
What does this verse tell us?
Romans 12:1 ESV
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
According to this verse, what part of our lives are we to offer to God?

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
What does this verse tell us about trusting in the Lord?
Luke 6:46 ESV
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
If Jesus is our Lord what are we required to do?
Luke 14:33 ESV
33So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

What does this verse tell us?
Philippians 1:21 ESV
21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Who should be the center of our lives?
Are there any reasons why you would refuse to transfer control of your life to Jesus Christ?
All of our reasons for being unwilling to transfer control can be traced to the lie that we, independent of God, are to be like God.  Like Adam and Eve, we do not believe God has our best in mind.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When you urrendered to Christ, you died to controlling your life and meeting all of your own needs.  How is your life now to be lived?
Unless you surrender control of your life to Christ, you will be unable to experience a life of total freedom.  Are there any particular areas in your life where God is asking you to trust Him?  What is that item or area (or those areas)? Those are the areas that tend to become idols.
Are you ready to transfer control of every area of your life…especially the ones that you have convinced yourself are okay to hold onto?  Write out a prayer that reflects your heart commitment.
A Personal Commitment
I commit to worship the One True God and have no other gods in my life.  Jesus Christ is my Lord and He is the center of my life.  I surrender control of every area of my life (hopes, dreams, goals, possessions, interests, relationships and time) to Almighty God, and will endeavor to obey Him in all things.