We Surrender All
by Chris Tiegreen
When you were first saved, you probably told God that you surrendered all of your desires, plans, skills, talents, relationships, and resources to Him. (If not, stop reading and consider doing that now.) That pledge is a serious one, and most of us have made it with all sincerity and even enthusiasm.
We’ve begun to see ourselves as His possession, available for His purposes. We gave Him the keys to our lives—keys that we wrongly held as our own. And, according to His plan, He probably began to test our devotion.
That’s the catch. The thought of letting Jesus have our all was a liberating and relaxing when we first had it. But when He begins to take our word for it, we balk. Did He remove a loved one from you? Let your peaceful circumstances erupt in chaos? Threaten your financial security? Limit the use of your time or talents? It hurt...
They call it “the secret persecution.” In spite of the name, it isn’t very secret; some Christian leaders believe as many as 4,000 houses and 400 churches were destroyed, many pastors and other leaders were killed, and more than half of the 100,000 Christians in the district were left homeless. It’s hard to hide that level of violence.
Many Christian leaders believe the persecution in the state of Orissa that began in 2008—and, to some degree, still exists at times—is the worst in India’s history. So why do the locals call it “secret”? Perhaps because much of the world doesn’t know about it, or more likely because India’s government hasn’t been particularly active in dealing with it or even acknowledging it...
This month, please pray for the following:
- Praise that the recent weeklong training conference for our global leaders and their spouses was a fruitful time of encouragement and learning.
- Pray for our global leaders as they return to their home countries and begin to teach otLIVE, the new, condensed version of Walk Thru the Old Testament.
- Pray for the upcoming launch of Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World, which expands our Biblical Character series to include King Josiah.
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