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SURRENDERING ALL TO GOD

Scripture: Romans 6: 15-23

15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

The word “surrender” is defined as: to yield, give up or over, submit, abandon, relinquish, cede (to yield or formally surrender), waive, or capitulate (to surrender unconditionally).  Or as the bible says in James 4:7 yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  No strings attached, just submit.

To surrender heart, body, and soul to God, one must understand that as humans we are triune beings. We are made up of our heart/mind, body, and soul. Yielding one part of ourselves without yielding the other is impossible. If we try to separate ourselves, we become “double minded” and as James 1:8 says:  A double minded man is unstable in ALL his ways. You cannot trust an unstable person.

However, the initial surrender is only the beginning. The surrender of your heart, body, and soul to God is an ongoing process that begins the moment one is born again as a child of God and it continues until He calls the believer home or Jesus comes again. The process is one of growth in grace and knowledge and that comes from studying the Word of God and choosing to apply divine viewpoint to the life on a daily, sometimes moment-by-moment basis.  We don’t start of in a full-fledged knowledge and maturity,  We are babes in the beginning so we drink milk and eat Pablum, then we grow into strained foods, then to pureed, then to solids then to the tough stuff, chunky pieces of meat you have to chew up and digest it.  At each level, more is required of us.  Just as in our Christian walk, the more we know the more we are held accountable for.  We can no longer say its someone else’s fault can’t even blame it on the devil any more. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES!

We are now mature Christians, we make a conscious decision to surrender ALL to God it is a major step but it is the right step, the only step toward righteousness.  Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we should become focused on eternity because we are just visitors here on our way to eternity.  I don’t mean in that heart pounding moment but when you have given real thought to the decision you made and you really want to make a total commitment to God it’s a decision like an expectant mother on the delivery table and the Dr says PUSH! And you push with all your might, a new life is born.

Yes, there are many distractions along the way but we need to be like the horse with the blinders on not looking from side to side but as Phil 3:14 says:  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  The high calling of Christ is HIGH sometimes it higher than you think you can reach, but keep pushing and you will reach it.  Sometimes it’s so hard it seems impossible, you feel like you can’t go any further, that’s when Jesus steps in and pulls you through.  On our own mite we can’t do it, but surrender all, means you give up, yield your will and strength to Him.

Many times He will call you to do things that you don’t feel comfortable doing, sometimes things you really don’t want to do.  Just take a deep breath ask Him to help you and before you know it, you will be through it and will have enjoyed yourself.   Comfort zones get a lot of people in to a lot of trouble, even though they feel good, sometimes they are not so good.   God is not a God of misery He wants us to enjoy the life He has given us.  He just want us to do it in a Godly like way.

Once you truly surrender ALL to Him, you won’t even feel comfortable in some places or certain environments.  Sometimes you even have to limit your involvement with some very close family members; it just doesn’t feel right anymore.

Surrendering all means, you capitulated or surrendered unconditionally all rights to your will and you just want to be caught up in His will.

Who today want to surrender all, I don’t mean just to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I mean to surrender ALL, to become more intimate with Him.

Willingly, unconditionally withhold NOTHING from GOD!