Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why ****Surrender****

The dictionary defines surrender as the following;

Surrender - To yield to the possession or power of another
To give up, abandon, or relinquish, yield or resign in favor of another.
To give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.

It is very clear, “The act of giving up power to another”. However, what Mr. Webster failed to state was that “Another” can only truly be ONE other. That ONE can only be the Living God, the Creator of the Universe and the giver of all life. As Christians, people that have accepted Christ as our personal Lord & Savior, we all at some point have “Surrendered” to the sovereign Lord and asked His forgiveness into our hearts and lives as we were being “Born Again”.

As humans, people that live in a fallen world, as a fallen race, we UN-Surrender our lives on a daily basis, but that is another blog at another time. For now, we just want to cover what is necessary for people to do in order to be truly free.

This life is a huge paradox my friends! The basic principle that we need to get across today, is in itself, a paradox;


On a very personal note, I want to share with you that I have lived in bondage most of my entire life. Bondage, what is that? It is slavery, serving another master, giving into the temptations of this world and the lies of satan, the father of all lies. I have turned my back on the God who loves me many times, in order to fill the voids and holes with evil things, instead of with God. You see my friends; the very God who created us designed us with a hole inside. A hole that can ONLY be filled with the One who created us all. God, in all HIS Glory, desires that we glorify Him, and turn to Him to fill that void. We on the other hand, would rather fill that void with things that we can see, as well as things that will make us feel good immediately. The problem is, that after the lights go out, and the party’s over, the money is gone, the porno has ended, and the girl or guy has gone home, we are left with not only that hole that God designed, but the feelings of guilt, shame and loneliness that ALWAYS comes after dawn breaks. For years I lived that life, and now something even sadder then that. Even after accepting Christ as my Lord, I returned to that life so many times I can’t count them, only to end up at what I call, the edge of The Valley of Death. That is the place we all go to when we are in so much pain, and feel so much guilt that we do not feel life is worth living. I am guilty at times of relating to the world through movie lines, and one of the best that I ever heard was from Kevin Spacey in “The Usual Suspects”, when he said, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was to make the world believe he doesn’t exist”

My friends, please don’t be fooled by this lie. He is real, and the Bible says in 1st Peter 5:8, “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Please know, my friends, that God always gives us a way out of temptation. We do NOT have to submit to the things of this world as I did for most of my life.

PLEASE, remember the words of the apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 10:13 where he says “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”.


Surrender, total and unconditional surrender to the very God that created us. But, that is scary, how can I trust that, you say?

Use these words from Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

That is one of the most awesome promises of God that I have ever heard, and I stand on that one on a daily basis in my walk with Him. Listen beloved, my way, no, the very BEST of my way, only lead me to the edge of The Valley of Death. It was in ONLY total surrender to Our Father in heaven that I came to a place of peace. It was ONLY through TOTAL surrender that I was freed from the bondages of this world. It was ONLY in giving my entire life, will and desires to Him that I found TOTAL freedom from oppression and slavery.

Are you ready to be free today? Are you hungry for the promises of God to come true in your life, and be set free from the bondages of the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy? If you are at the edge of that valley I spoke of, SURRENDER your will and your life to Jesus, who died to set ALL captives free. If you are a Christian already, and you need to turn BACK to face God, then do so with the full knowledge that His Mercy and Grace is sufficient, and that he longs for that moment when we ALL come home to Him! He loves us all, and it is His desire that no one shall perish. Come home to Him,




rick osborne said...

Good word! Keep up the good work and the moment by moment unqualified surrender to our Lord.

Surrender40 said...

Thank you Pastor Rick. It is the encouragement from Shepards that tells me that God is pleased with our work for HIM! May God Bless You and keep you!

Hetty Siebens said...

Amen girl! This is the way to realize-we need to surrender everything..give everything to is all His..He will take it and use it for His glory...give Him yourself..all of you...the plans He has take time...and aren't always what we thought!! But, in time, when we come out of all the trying mess...HIS PLAN is the RIGHT PLAN...and turns out to be so amazing! This I truly know as a fact!!You sound like you have amazingly been learning and growing...I never care how we do it..just as long as we do! God bless your soul-for what your tackled with love for Jesus-and so open and transparent-AMEN!! And for reaching out to others in need...that is one thing I aim for too! God be with you close in your journey.

In His Dear Love,
Hetty Siebens

Surrender40 said...

Thank you so much Hetty. Your kind and loving words are very inspiring. I just want to let you know that the testimony is mine, not Trachenas. Not that I would ever want the credit or the spotlight, that is not the point of the correction. I just want to let you, and the world know that Trachena NEVER had a drug addiction. Those demons were mine,(Steve Muchnick) before God set me free. She did not battle with drugs. She did however, go through battles, and when the time is right, and God moves upon her heart, she will share the things of this world that she surrendered, and God set her free from. Trachena does however, have a heart for the homeless and lost that is bigger then the deepest ocean on this planet. That is the vision with which Surrender40 was born. So again, we thank you for your love and support, in Jesus name!

Hetty Siebens said...

Shows my observancy skills...but man is God ever working in your life...and with that-take anything that comes along...and put on that armor! Ephesians 6: 16-17 :)
He will guard you!
Resist the Devil..James 4:7-10 and he will flee-draw close to the Lord!
You are amazing thru His love, mercy and grace...keep that faith...keep drawing closer-in every fight that comes ahead...and praise Him in any battle...for His will is going to be done! And in faith and obedience...His plans unravel so amazingly I said, may not have been are original plan...but they always turn out for the better thru HIM...He knows all!

God bless you thru it all always with Him..I have learned and always keep learning...His Way is THE WAY!

In His Grip,
Hetty Siebens

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

Amen. The hole can only be filled by Him! The very essence of God’s being—His personality, His nature—is love (1 John 4:8). It is the reason for the Incarnation (Jesus coming to earth in human form). Our job is to receive and reciprocate God’s love, and to love others.

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