Food for thought…Surrender

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We talk about it in our small groups. The pastor tells of it’s necessity in our lives. We long for it but don’t know how to achieve it. I’ve been asked “how am I supposed to do that?!” by frustrated and seeking people. Can you guess what it is? Surrender. White flag. Hands raised. Unconditional. What image comes to your mind when I say surrender? Japan signing papers to end WW2? POW’s with hands raised marching to Lord knows where? A child’s hands lifted and arms extended to mum or dad in expectation? Capitulate, give in, give (oneself) up, give way, yield, concede, submit, climb down, back down, cave in, crumble, relent are just a few words that come to mind when I think of surrender.

Abraham was a man who knew the word and way of surrender.  His calling caused him to have to leave his family and homeland. He could not be the father of many nations and faith had he not been tested as hewas in his journey. He was tried, proved and molded on his walk towards God and it was a bumpy ride. I was reminded today that often times the path God calls us to walk is not smooth but pitted, rough, and narrow. Our minds besiege us with questions and doubts but faith is not despondent from circumstance. It is hopeful despite the rain and believes that the sun will shine again. So often we see surrender as an event and God views it as spiritual growth. Truthfully the work that God has called us to do can only be done through us when  surrender and growth has first been accomplished in us. So Lord, help us grasp that surrender is an in working of growth in us as we welcome you to take control. Full control. It’s easy to say amen but our flesh hinders and fights the process. We are tired of remaining the same, Lord, we need you, crave you, yearn and thirst for you.

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I cannot blame my decisions on anyone else but myself. Today, Lord, I submit to you and ask for your Spirit because in me is nothing good and worthy.

Written by; Courtney Gilkins

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