What is Holding you Back?

Portable Sounds

Even if the music is not your preferred style, Tobymac’s lyrics are very faith-building!

I’m letting go of everything I am

And I’m holding on to everything You are

I’m letting go of everything I once was

I’m all in, I’m all in . . .

This time I’m so for real

It’s time I seal the deal

Shut down my lame appeals

I’m letting go, I’m letting go

I’ll throw caution to the sky

Kiss all my fears goodbye

This time it’s do or die

I’m letting go, I’m letting go

All In, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, 2007, from Portable Sounds, Tobymac.

You’re unhappy, things aren’t going right.  Something important is missing, but you don’t know what to call it.  You are a Christian, you may even be serving in your church, making coffee, teaching Sunday School, helping with the audio/lights, whatever.  Your spouse (or children) refuse to go to church.  What is going wrong?  If this describes you, as it once did me, then I can tell you what it is: you are hanging onto something that you need to surrender to God.

Surrender is not easy.  Surrender will take every ounce of courage that you have.  But this life is not a game, and we’re coming down to the final days.  It’s now or never, and everything you hold dear is at stake.  Jesus said:

Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? (Matthew 16:24-26, emphasis mine).

Surrender is how you find your life, how you save it.  What would you give for your own soul?  Would you give all your money?  Would you give your phone/tablet/computer?  Would you give your hobby?  Your time?  Your family?  Yes, even your children!  Whatever it is that is holding you back could cost you your life.

I’ve been writing about the imminence of the Rapture (The Rapture and the World Left Behind) and the difficulty of surviving through the Tribulation (Tips for Surviving the Tribulation).  There is nothing else in Bible prophecy that has to happen before the Rapture can occur.  It literally could be any day now.  And if you understand the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), all ten are virgins.  In other words, all ten are Christians.  But five of them have neglected the oil, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.  So they are not listening to the subtle, soft whisper of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.  And when the Bridegroom (Jesus) comes to take them to His wedding feast, they won’t be ready.  That means that they will have to go through the Tribulation.  The Tribulation will be very nearly impossible to survive, even if you carefully hide yourself because there will be plagues, famines, and natural disasters on a scale never before seen in all the history of the earth.  All non-believers will die in one way or another, and the vast majority of Christians will also die, having their heads cut off at the order of the antichrist.  The Jews that flee the abomination of desolation will survive because God will supernaturally protect them (Matthew 24:15-22).

The thing to do is to make a decision for Jesus now, before the Rapture.  And when you do, surrender it all to Him.  Even if you’ve already made a decision for Jesus, make sure that you’ve surrendered everything fully to His Lordship.  Don’t let your job or the TV news or Candy Crush or Facebook take your attention away from Him while the devil tries to rob you of your inheritance.  Today is the day of salvation!  God is good!

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