A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Surrender, who me?
“…Be confident, and never be afraid of anything or get discouraged. The Lord my God will help you do everything needed to finish…” (1 Chronicles 28:20, CEV)
Life is more than winning and losing. Jesus made that very clear when he said, “What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself or waste your life?” (Luke 9:25, CEV) Paul gives us some insight into what life is really all about, “I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful.” (2 Timothy 4:7, CEV) There’s a “dirty twelve letter word” that is one of the major factors when it comes to never being afraid, getting discouraged, and finishing the “race” – the word?
However, as important as surrendering is it is equally important that we not quit. On the surface it may seem that surrendering and quitting go hand in hand but in “God’s Book of How to Live in Life” they are not even close! When it comes to surrendering who or what we surrender to is most important. The Apostle Peter and James offer this insight into surrendering. “Dear friends, you are foreigners and strangers on this earth. So I beg you not to surrender to those desires that fight against you.” (1 Peter 2:11, CEV) “Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you.” (James 4:7, CEV)
Surrender to God!
Let’s take a look what the “race” may be. Of course there car races, foot races, bike races, boat races, airplane races, swimming races however when it comes to finishing, the word “race” opens itself up to much more. Are you having difficulty making sense out of what has happened or happening in your life? Surrender to God! Are you thinking of quitting something you’ve really need to complete? Surrender to God! Are you having difficulty in finishing a book your writing? Surrender to God! Have you been told you there’s a chance you’ll not survive the illness that is claiming your life? Surrender to God! Are you at the point in your life when you just don’t want to take another step? Surrender to God!
Jesus once said, “Surrender to me and I will give you rest.” He didn’t say it quite that way but he did say, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, CEV)
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalms 54:4 ESV))
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