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COLUMN: Have you surrendered your life fully?

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By C.L. Glasscock

A man came to me last week and asked me if I thought God got tired of him repenting. He said he had a bad drinking problem and he would quit for a long period of time, and would pray to God that he would help him to quit.
I told him God wanted us to repent for our sins, regardless of what they were and God would help him quit drinking if he would surrender it all to him.
I talked to another man and he said he had to be in prayer of repentance every day. And I thought “How true, me too.”
The Bible is full of repentance, but I have chosen the sermon Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.
In Acts Chapter 2, we see people doubting and not understanding when the disciples were filled with the Holy Ghost.  
They were talking in tongues and doing a lot of things the people did not understand; some even accused them of being drunk.
Acts 2:14-16 says, “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”
I wish I had room to write Peter’s sermon in the paper. I have preached this sermon. Now let’s see how the people received Peter’s sermon.
Acts 2:37-41 says, “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
As we look at this scripture in the Bible, we have to ask ourselves a question. Did we really surrender our life enough to receive the holy ghost?