I Surrender

Are you trusting God and depending on Him to work out the situation you find yourself in today? So many times we are going about the business of everyday living, and then comes a problem or we start struggling with something that God has revealed as a weakness for us to work on.  Instead of going to God with the problem or weakness, we continue on with life trying to either fix it on our own or mask it so we don’t have to deal with it.  When our problems only involve us fixing them or not wanting to admit to ourselves that we are struggling, it only creates more trouble in the long run for us.  You need to include God in everything you do.  He makes everything better.

God is about equipping us with knowledge so that we can become better people and make better decisions. He will always bring things to the light because we can’t see clearly in darkness without it.  The enemy operates best in darkness and those dark places inside us. The adversary wants us to keep masking our problems and weaknesses so that we stay ignorant, don’t progress and are destroyed.  It says in Hosea 4:6 (NASB) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest.  Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Have you rejected God’s help?  Are you unwilling to bring to the light those things you need God to work on for you and in you? Stop fighting and resisting God’s help.  Accept the fact that you have shortcomings and that you cannot resolve them on your own.  Surrender them to the Lord today.

Surrender means: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, because you know that you will not win or succeed; It also means to give up, abandon, or relinquish; To give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield. So we need to submit ourselves and our life to God (which encompasses all we are and every tribulation we go through no matter the size).  It says in James 4:7 (ESV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. You can’t win against your enemies unless you surrender your life and submit it to God.  When you don’t want to surrender it to God, let that be your alert to know that you really need to surrender that to Him.  When you keep holding onto it, you will only deceive yourself into thinking you can do it on your own and you can do it without Him. Jesus said in John 15:5-8 (MSG) “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. John 15:6 (MSG)Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. The only way to be overcome and be a conqueror is with God. The only way to see a resolution to your problems is by giving it over to the Lord.  Sometimes we can get confused with surrendering it over to God.  We think it makes us powerless to act on our own behalf in our circumstances.  Power can be gained in letting go. Surrender is never about giving up and all about letting go.  The strongest position you can be in is complete surrender.

Jesus is a perfect example of a life surrendered.  It says in Matthew 26:36-44(MSG) Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”  Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”  When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”  He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”  When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open. This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.  Before Jesus went to the cross, He surrendered having to go to the cross to God.  He kept telling God, not my will, but your will be done.  Are you willing to tell God, not my will but your will be done?  Are you willing to let the situation go, and allow God’s plan for it to play out in your life so that He can fix you and your struggles all at the same time? Dr. Charles Stanley said “Oftentimes, the more we surrender to God, the greater our ability to see His hands in our life. Don’t you want to see God’s hands move in your life?  Don’t you want to see God take you from glory to glory and strength to strength?

Ask God today, Lord what do I need to surrender to you today? Let Him show you what it is that you need to surrender so that you can be free from your burdens.  Don’t go into 2017 still carrying things from 2016 or years before that.  Let it go, and stop burdening yourself with things you have no control over and no power to fix.  Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (NLV) “Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.  Follow My teachings and learn from Me.  I am gentle and do not have pride.  You will have rest for your souls.  For My way of carrying a load is easy and My load is not heavy.”  Don’t forget, God is strong enough to carry your load and He wants you to bring it to Him and let it go from your hands.  When you know you have done all you can, then surrender it to God and allow Him to come in and fix what you can’t.  God calls us to live a life that is completely surrendered to Him.  If you know you need to let somethings go today and surrender them to God, please pray this prayer.

Prayer: Lord, I lay aside my agenda, my desires, and my will to live according to your will, your ways and by your word.  Help me to get into alignment with your plan for my life so that I can walk in the steps you have ordered for me to accomplish the purpose and destiny you created me for.  Lord, I surrender to you my thoughts, deeds, ideas, fears, doubts, worries and (name specifically whatever you need to surrender).  I want to walk daily in a life surrendered completely to you, but I will need your help to do this.  I don’t want to pick back up any of the things I have given over to you, so please remind me when I do.  I am letting go of everything that has hindered me from moving forward in life and I am handing over everything that has been in my hands long enough.  Lord, I give it all to you.  I lay it at your feet because there is nothing more I can do with this but give it to you to handle.  There is nothing that you can’t do and nothing to big that you can’t fix.  So I surrender it all to you.  As I surrender to you Lord, please give me your peace.  The peace that only you can give, that surpasses all understanding.  Fill me today with more of you and less of me.  And I thank you for helping me to surrender everything to you and walk out a surrendered life.  In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen!

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