Self-protection or self-surrender? (Suspicion or love?)

Self-protection produces isolation, defensiveness, self-focus, and alienation from others. Self-surrender produces openness, understanding, community, and mutuality.

Self-protection quenches the Holy Spirit and will keep God distant from you. Self-surrender opens the flood gates and lets God’s rivers of grace and glory flow from within your heart.

A formal program facilitates self-protection. Open sharing and testimonies facilitate self-surrender.  (Perhaps churches should be less formal and more participatory.)

Self-protection produces suspicion, insecurity, worry, fear, and anxiety. Self-surrender produces love, joy, peace, faith, and trust.

“The greatness of the man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”  —William Booth (co-founder of The Salvation Army)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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