It’s simple.

Jesus loves you.
He really, truly loves you.
So much that He thought of you before it all, and made a way for you.
He knew you wouldn’t make it on your own,
And so He came for you.

Jesus died for you.
He stepped in front of you to take the bullet,
To pay the price for what you deserved.
Jesus loved you that much.
Jesus took the shame, the whips, the nails.
He suffered so you could be set free.

What your sin started, He finished.
And He wasn’t done yet – 
Jesus defeated Hell and the Grave.
Now, Jesus offers you life, real life.
New life.

Because He loves you,
He gives you this moment
To believe in Him,
To receive His forgiveness,
And to give Him your life.

Surrender is simple,
But that first step can be hard.
Jesus knows this, and loves you where you are, right now.
Will you accept His love?
Will you believe in Jesus and give your heart to Him?

Jesus loves you regardless of your decision.
Jesus will keep on loving you.
Let His love change your life.
Let His love change you.

Jesus loves you.
He really, truly loves you.

Lord of this hour

Jesus is Lord of my life.

There are times, though, that I subtly take back the power and authority I have given Him. I step out in faith of me, rather than trust in God. It’s easy to compartmentalize my heart and then conveniently overlook what is tucked in the shadows. I take back what I owe Him, trying to better organize or clean up the mess myself, as if I could do a better job.

Surrender is a daily decision. Though my salvation is complete and eternal, the fullness of God’s peace and depths of His grace can only be experienced when I am entirely living under Christ’s lordship.

I want to wake up saying, Jesus, be my Lord today. Be Lord over my words, my attitudes, my reactions. Be the Lord of my long to-do list, and my responsibility to nurture and invest in the children You’ve entrusted to me. Be the Lord of my marriage and my workplace. Be the Lord over my thought-life and my temptations. Be the Lord of this home and the ministries you’ve given for me to serve.

Be Lord over every detail and every dream.

Jesus is the Lord of my life, but I can’t only depend on Him to be in charge of my future. I need Jesus to be Lord of this very hour, this exact moment.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.