Accept or surrender? How many times have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, yet nothing changed in your life? The problem is that you accepted Him but did not surrender your life. Whether you accept Him or reject Him makes no difference. None, until there is total surrender. How can a person accept Jesus without surrendering their life and yet expect to receive a new life?
It is impossible to receive a new life without forsaking your present life. It is impossible to have two lives at the same time.
The Spirit of God can only be poured upon those who completely and unconditionally surrender their life to Him. Not those who accept Him! This is why the Lord commands:
Put on the whole armour of God…
The Whole Armour of God is the Fullness of God, that is, His Spirit. In the same text, He adds: Take up the whole Armour of God… To put on or take up the whole Armour of God, it is necessary to give or surrender your life to the Lord Jesus.
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Faith. This Faith allows a person to be born of the Spirit; this Faith makes him spirit; this Faith makes it possible for someone with a bad character to become a new person, filled with the Holy Spirit. However, this Faith requires you to sacrifice your present life in exchange for the new life the Lord has to offer.
To put on or take up the whole armour of God is a pure act that cannot be transferred by those who truly want to change their life.
Bishop Edir Macedo