The Art of Surrender Day 30: What is Surrender?


“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. ” 

~~A.W. Tozer~~

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I have written 29 posts on different angles and aspects of surrender.

I have written about how to prepare to surrender.

The effortless power of surrender.

Having the courage to let go.

Is it your destiny or your free will.

Among several others.

But what does it REALLY mean to surrender?

I am nearing the end of this series on surrender, and felt that before I could end it, I had to pose the question…

WHAT IS SURRENDER?

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This world is a battleground.

Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:17-19),the world God created has been in conflict with Him.

When we reach the age when we can make moral choices, we must choose whether to follow our own sinful inclinations or to seek God. In The Bible Joshua makes this point very clearly.

(Joshua 24:15) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

 

God promises that when we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him.

(Jeremiah 29:13).You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

When we find Him, we have a choice to make:

do we continue following our own inclinations, or do we surrender to His will?

Surrender is a battle term.

It implies giving up all rights to the conqueror.

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When an opposing army surrenders, they lay down their arms, and the winners take control from then on.

Surrendering to God works the same way.

God has a plan for our lives, and surrendering to Him means we set aside our own plans and eagerly seek His.

The good news is that God’s plan for us is always in our best interest, He is a wise and beneficent victor; He conquers us to bless us.

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But, How difficult is it to REALLY let go of all outcomes in our lives and have the faith necessary to give our ALL to the glory of God?

There are different levels of surrender, all of which affect our relationship with God.

Initial surrender to the drawing of the Holy Spirit leads to salvation.

When we let go of our own attempts to earn God’s favor and rely upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, we become a child of God.

But there will be times of greater surrender during a Christian’s life that bring deeper intimacy with God and equip us for a greater power in our service to Him.

The more areas of our lives we surrender to Him, the more room there is for the filling of the Holy Spirit.

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we exhibit traits of His character.

The more we surrender to God, the more our old self-worshiping nature is replaced with one that resembles Christ.

(Romans 6:13) says, “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”

God demands that we surrender the totality of our selves;

He wants the whole, not a part.

I believe every child of God is called to absolute surrender

A state in which she is completely yielded to her heavenly Father in every area of her life.

We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely—

the condition of God’s blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands.

If our hearts are willing for that, there is no end to what God will do for us and to the blessings He will bestow.

Understanding the importance of surrender is the one thing that we all NEED to grasp.

Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands?

God knows there are hundreds of hearts who have said it, and there are hundreds more who long to say it but hardly dare to do so.

Each and every one of us longs to find this beautiful and quiet place that our souls are constantly longing for.

But how do we begin to even know what surrender is? 

What does it LOOK like?

What does it FEEL like?

To answer these questions, we need only to look outside our window.

Surrender has its foundation in the very nature of God.

God has created the sun, the moon, the stars, the flowers, the trees and the grass.

Are they not all absolutely surrendered to Him?

Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases?

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God cannot do His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered?

He cannot.

Gods very essence  is life, love, blessing, power, and infinite beauty.

As an artist, I revel in creating paintings that reflect the beauty that I see all around me.

Surrendering to God allows him to create in US a work of art just like I do with my brushes and paints.

 

You know in daily life what absolute surrender is.

You know that everything has to be given up to its special, definite object and service.

For example; I have a pen in my pocket, and that pen is absolutely surrendered to the one work of writing.

It must be absolutely surrendered to my hand if I am to write properly with it.

If another person tries to hold it at the same time that I am trying to hold it, I cannot write properly.

 

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The biggest obstacle that I find myself facing is the fear that absolute surrender requires such a price!

I have passed through so much trial and suffering already, and there is still so much of Melanie remaining, trying to help God hold the pen as he writes my story..

When God has begun the work of absolute surrender in you and has accepted your surrender, then God holds Himself bound to care for it and to keep it.

Do you believe that?

Do you believe that He can keep you continually, day by day, and moment by moment?

A life of absolute surrender has its difficulties. I do not deny that.

It is a life that with men is absolutely impossible.

But by the grace of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, it is a life to which we are destined and a life that is possible for us.

Let us believe that God will maintain it.

 

 

 

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