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~ Lord, I give You Me ~

 

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus,

I pray that your day - is one filled - with the love of God  -and- your victory in Jesus as you present your life a living sacrifice to Him. Well Glory!

I would like to welcome you this morning to the Jim Keeling Ministries singing and preaching radio program, as we strive in, Reaching the World with Jesus. This ministry is Baptist in doctrine and belief and we are avid believers  that  the King James Version Bible is the true and inspired word of God.  

My website ministries has been around for a little over 12 years and the email part of my ministry reaches some 2000 folks around the world, whom I lovingly refer to as My Little Flock.

Now we have expanded and preaching over the radio, I can only pray the Lord will bless you as you listen this morning and ask that you say a little prayer asking God to continue using this ministry in ‘Reaching the World with Jesus’. And I do thank you for those prayers...  
 

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Today I have a sweet story I’d like to share with you.
I have seen this story before but it one of those which truly touches a person’s heart every time it’s read, especially as we relate to the significant part it should play in our individual lives as born again Christians. Just as it does in the newly saved boy in our story… It puts one on shouting grounds or at least it should. Well Glory!



Our story is about a nine-year-old boy who lived in a rural town in Tennessee. His house was in a poor area of the community. A church there had a bus ministry that came knocking on his door one Saturday afternoon. The boy came to answer the door and greeted the bus pastor.

The bus pastor asked if his parents were home and the small boy told him that his parents take off every weekend and leave him at home to take care of his little brother. The bus pastor couldn't believe what this child had said and asked him to repeat it. The youngster gave the same answer, and the bus pastor asked if he could come in and talk with him.

They went into the living room and sat down on an old couch with the foam and springs exposed. The bus pastor asked the boy, "Where do you go to church?"

The young boy – surprised - his visitor by replying, "I've never been to church in my whole life." The bus pastor thought to himself about the fact that his church was less than three miles from the child's house.

"Are you sure you have never been to church?" he asked again.
"I'm sure I haven't," came his answer.

Then the bus pastor said, "Well, son, more importantly than going to church, have you ever heard the greatest  love story  ever told?"  I don’t know, came the reply.  Then he proceeded to share the Gospel with this little nine-year-old boy. The young lad's heart began to be tenderized – and  at the end of the bus pastor's story, he asked if the boy wanted to receive this free gift of salvation from God and become His child.. The youngster exclaimed, "Oh yes, Please – Yes - I want Jesus in my heart"

So the bus pastor and this boy got on their knees and the lad invited Jesus into his little heart and received the free gift of salvation. They both stood up and the bus pastor asked if he could pick him and his little brother up for church the next morning. "Sure," the nine-year-old replied.

Well next morning the bus pastor got to the house early and found the lights off. He let himself in called out but no answer. So he looks around until he found the boys still asleep. He woke up the little boy and his brother and helped get them dressed. They got on the bus and the driver gave them a donut he brought for the children and they ate them for breakfast on their way to church.

Keep in mind that this boy had never been to church before. The church was a real big one. The two children just sat there, clueless of what was going on. A few minutes into the service, these tall, stern looking men, walked down to the front of the church and picked up some wooden plates. One of the men prayed and the boy, with utter fascination, watched them walk up and down the aisles. He still didn't know what was going on.


All of a sudden, like a bolt of lightning, it hit the boy as to what was taking place. These people must be giving money to Jesus. He then reflected on the love story and the free gift of salvation he had received just yesterday…

He immediately searched his pockets, front and back, and couldn't find a thing to give Jesus. By this time the offering plate was being passed down his aisle. With a broken heart, he just grabbed the plate and held on to it. He finally let go and watched it pass on down the aisle.

He turned around to see it passed down the aisle behind him. And then his eyes remained glued on the plate as it was passed back and forth, - back and forth, - all the way to the rear of the sanctuary.

Then he had an idea. This little-nine-year old boy, in front of God and everybody,  got up out of his seat. He walked about eight rows back, grabbed the usher by the coat and asked to hold the plate one more time.

Then he did the most astounding thing I’ve ever heard of. He took the plate, sat it on the carpeted church floor, and stepped into the center of it. As he stood there in the wooden offering plate, he lifted his little head up and said, "Jesus, I don't have anything to give you today, but just me. And so with tears running down his cheeks he said;   Jesus, I give you me!"

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What a touching story. I don’t know about you, but when I hear that story it brings a tear to my eye.
Well Glory!

Well today, I’d like to take our text from: Romans 12: 1, 3 If you have your Bibles handy today I hope that you’ll take them and read the word of God along with me.

Romans 12: 1, 3
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


OK, When is the last time you said to Jesus,- Lord, I am nothing without you, I have nothing to give which isn’t yours already, and so Lord, I give you me?


You Know? I’m afraid that with the wealth here in America and the greed which has taken precedence over everything and almost every one whether rich or poor, many have placed their hope in money; maybe it’s, winning the lottery, or what might be bought with if I had a pay raise on the job, or even a pension. And that goes from our leaders, politicians, Lawyers, Doctors, working man, and right on down to the welfare basket cases. It boils down to, what can I get or be given?

 

         Not what I can give - but - what I can get.


How many times have you heard; Look at MY big new fancy home, or look at MY new car or even MY new boat, motorcycle, airplane, clothes, business, the land I own, or whatever. It’s all about ME or MY, isn’t it? Even for those of us who are struggling along, we look at the, ME and MY of life don’t we? OH, many give to a church or even some charity or perhaps TV or online ministry but not as a sacrifice but some little leftover amount which we feel we can do without comfortably… But how many, myself included, have truly given our time, our money, or even our bodies a living sacrifice to God? Holy and acceptable unto God…

I guess in most cases, you and I have conformed to this world, haven’t we? We want as much if not more than our neighbors and greed has become prevalent in our every day life. But as Paul stated now is the time of renewal, yea, renewal of the mind. A transformation, if you will, to that of the mind of God, for in so doing we are able to PROVE what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Listen folks; God doesn’t want the leftovers from His children but He does want dedicated children who are willing to give everything to Him including their very lives if need be. It is easy, as the little boy in our story who had nothing else to give and stated: “Lord, I give you me.” But in reality, the more we have the more we grab for and hoard… Is this the case in your life? Think about it. If it is, then let’s do something about it, OK?


Let’s renew our minds into giving more to God; whether it be of our time, or money, or perhaps more importantly, winning lost souls for the glory of the Kingdom. The next time God passes by with the offering plate of dedication, let’s, by faith, jump into the middle of it and say; Lord, I Give You Me. Do with me as You will. I am Yours, wholly and completely.

Yes Lord, I Give You Me…

Well little flock, I pray that today’s message has perhaps, in some small way, inspired you into taking action and steps of faith to the renewing of your minds and to giving your all to God… And most of all I wish to thank and praise the Holy name of Jesus, because Jesus gave His all on that Old Rugged Cross so that you and I might have salvations plan and opportunity to even be able to say by faith; Lord, I give You me…

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Well Glory, I pray that you’ve enjoyed today’s message and I do so look forward to having you come again next - Wednesday morning - and together we’ll praise, honor, and worship Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Our precious Saviour, Jesus.

Also today if you’ve been listening and have never made that decision to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour and become a child of God - or - you’re not sure where you stand concerning your salvation:

    Then I ask that you write me So that I might help you find the way.

My snail mail address, as well as my email address, are on the opening page of my web site @ www.jimkeelingministries.com  

And so; until we meet again next week; You all have a great week in the Lord and; I pray that in your daily lives, you find that    "Victory in Jesus"
 

May God richly bless you in His wonderful love..

        Bro. Jim Keeling

 


 

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