First, Surrender

I read about a naval battle with Admiral Lord Nelson, commander of the British navy, which defeated the French. The French admiral came on board Lord Nelson’s ship to surrender. He walked up there in all of his regalia, with his sword swinging by his side. And he came with a smile on his face and put out his hand to Lord Nelson. Lord Nelson impassively said, “Your sword first, sir.”
There are a lot of people who think they can walk up and glad-hand the Lord Jesus Christ, but He says, “Your sword first.” We must surrender first. Jesus is not an appeaser, and He will never make a truce with sin. Never!
1 John 3:16 says, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Jesus said, “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).
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  1. Greg, I love your stuff! SUCH a good point! We cannot have a relationship with a Holy God on our own terms. The beauty, brilliance, and grace of God’s terms are that, the more we surrender, the more peace and joy we have.

  2. Ahh. I wondered if his was a heading/group under which you wrote. Again, thank you for the clarification. 😊 And, thank you for reposting his writings.. He has exceptional insight.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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