Saturday, August 07, 2010

****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;

“SURRENDER TO BE FREE”

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”.

WHAT IS THE ANSWER?

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,


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