Surrender – Saying Yes, LORD! (part 1)

SURRENDERThere are two “types” of surrender for the Christian. Can you name them?

Salvation – the initial surrender of our will to His. Lifetime – or daily surrender of Mark 8:34 wherein we surrender our will every day by “denying ourselves.”

God isn’t interested in part of us, half of our heart, a little of our love. He wants ALL of us, and He wants to remove the things that stand in the way of that. James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves therefore to God…”  and Romans 12:1 “I beseech ye therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

He asks for this willingly, He gave us the ability to make decisions. He gave us a will to choose right or wrong- good or evil…because the act of His children choosing “the better part” is of a sweet savor or smell to Him. “To obey is better than sacrifice…” I Sam 15:22 He loves to see His children obey His will.  What are some of the “fruits” He works in us when we surrender to His will?

  1. grace to obey
  2. release from worldly appeal
  3. peace of God
  4. fullness of joy
  5. greater fruitfulness/saltiness

When I look back over my life, I see places where I resisted His will and places where I waved the white flag and bowed the knee to Him. Those places/times that I completely surrendered were the seasons in my life that I felt His presence and I wonder why I ever resisted Him? Looking back over your life, was God’s presence real in the times that you resisted Him or the time that you surrendered your life to Him? Each time we say “YES” to God we move into a realm of greater blessing, closer communion, and fruitfulness. Nancy L DeMoss says, “ The fully surrendered life is intended to be and can be the norm for every one of God’s children.” Do you agree with this statement? Is it the norm for today’s American Christians?

When I was five I knew that I needed God and that my sin had put Him on the cross. I bowed one summer afternoon at the age of five at the kitchen table with my Father and asked the Lord to save me. Though I knew I was saved, when I reached my early teens the pull and draw of worldly friends, worldly music, and even sinful language had ensnared me. Yet, I praise the Lord for confronting me… in a painful and uncomfortable way. When I was 15 at the height of my rebellion against God’s will, I heard Frank McGuire at Maranatha. On Monday evening I knew I was in trouble and I fought HIM. I fought all the way till Friday night, when the battle was RAGING. I went out to a bench beside the creek and was still trying to hang on to my will, my way when Dr. Lescelius came over and told me that he and Mrs. Dolly were praying for me. WOW! How could I fight against God and Doc and Dolly (my Pastor and his wife)? As he walked away my heart softened and I realized that I was God’s child… HE CREATED me. How could I raise my fist against Him? My heart surrendered to His will and I told Him there that night beside Buffalo Creek that I would do whatever He told me to do and go wherever He wanted me to go… my will bowed before HIS.
God’s call on your life for surrender will probably look different than God’s call on mine or someone else’s… but if you are truly HIS child… you’ll have a “surrender story” to tell. Can you remember yours?

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