The very first verse from joshua is one of the most classic statements ever made on the full surrender that god is looking for from each one of us joshua is a perfect example of someone who lived his entire life right in the lord. And thankfully, when we have no other choice but to surrender the illusion of control, we can then experience the presence of something larger and unknowable we can experience ourselves being. It commands a life beyond our egos, beyond that part of ourselves that is continually reminding us that we are separate, different and alone surrendering allows us to return to our true nature and move effortlessly through the cosmic dance called life. I'm convinced that learning to let go and let god have his way in our lives is the best thing we can do for ourselves if we believe, as it says in colossians 1:17 , that god is before all things, and in him all things hold together, then we can trust and know thathe's got everything under control.
And we open ourselves to all sorts of wonderful possibilities that aren't there when we're attached to one right path 3 the energy of surrender accomplishes much more than the energy of control. When we surrender to god, we are simply acknowledging that what we own actually belongs to him he is the giver of all good things we are responsible to care for what god has given us, as stewards of his property, but by surrendering to god, we admit that he is ultimately in control of everything, including our present circumstances. But paradoxically, we are never truly free until we have fully surrendered ourselves to the word and will of god the thought of delving into this topic may cause some apprehension in your heart, but as you engage in this study, you will encounter a wise, loving, merciful lord who can be trusted.
We have to surrender ourselves completely to the lord with faith and devotion in him, serve others to the best of our capacity, and never be a source of sorrow to anybody. We need to ask ourselves the hard question of whether we have used hermeneutics to get out of a hermeneutic of surrender have we used supposed ambiguity to cover the fact that we really don't want to say what scripture ordains (or even believe that scripture has said something on an issue. The second thing jesus calls us to do is to deny ourselves, which means that we are to surrender self-will and embrace his perfect will it is daunting task to be sure and one that we are under-powered to do on our own (2 timothy 1:7.
If we are honest with ourselves suddenly we begin to realize the wonder of god's mercies the movie tender mercies is about a country-western composer and performer who was an alcoholic he had finally gotten to the place where he couldn't function. A surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival, especially when both are surrendered at the same time give yourself to god completely i believe we are more likely to give ourselves to god more completely when we allocate a day or a period of days to some level of prayer and fasting. For if we do not completely and wholeheartedly surrender the lower for the higher, we will lose both in our daily prayer and self-evaluation, we should ask ourselves, is today the day have i surrendered everything to god and am i ready. If we try to separate ourselves, we become double minded and therefore unstable (james 1:8) 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.
We can control our own actions and reactions (while of course allowing ourselves to err) we can act in this world how we should according to our own convictions this is how surrendering, far from waving the white flag, becomes the ultimate tool for empowerment and positive action. No wonder we have shooting in our schools our minds get saturated with violence or swearing or sex or whatever it is a survey found that 77 percent of all allusions to sex on network television involve sex outside of marriage, and that cheapens love. Or maybe we think that if we surrender to god, he'll immediately ship us off to africa to be a missionary if that were true, africa would be pretty crowded, because millions of people have reached the point where they've scooted over and given god the steering wheel.
We take pride in the fact we have surrendered, and many of us make martyrs out of ourselves for doing so it may never occur to us that this betrays a blindness to the truth we think in terms of our life, and of god wanting to do in our life certain things, and of us letting him. But as we move through these days and weeks of lent, we are called to give even more deeply: to give up aspects of our lives and even our selves to god ignatius famously hung up his sword and dagger at montserrat, near the altar of the blessed virgin soon afterwards, he gave away his clothes to a beggar. The plain before the city became a veritable shambles ere the last zodangan surrendered, but finally the carnage ceased, the prisoners were marched back to helium, and we entered the greater city's gates, a huge triumphal procession of conquering heroes. And if we are to have that through life, let us begin now and look away from ourselves and look up to god let each believe- i, a poor worm on earth and a trembling child of god, full of failure, sin, and fear, bow here, and no one knows what passes through my heart.
Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for jesus christ himself where does jesus christ figure in when we have a concern about our natural relationships most of us will desert him with this excuse— yes, lord, i heard you call me, but my family needs me and i have my own interests. And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 'if disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save'. We tell ourselves that we can add something more to the limited schedule and give away something more of our limited energy but when we stop the rushing - when we give in to the quiet and rest our souls - we find that it isn't about the schedule at all.