Surrender and Submission – Not Acts of Weakness, but Signs of Strength!


Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up (James 4:7-10)~ Submit to God; Submit your understanding to the truth of God; surrender your wills to the will of His precepts, the will of His providence. Submit yourselves to God, for He is ready to do you good. If we yield to temptations, the devil will continually follow us; but if we put on the whole armour of God, and stand out against the enemy, he will leave us. Let sinners then submit to God, and seek His grace and favor; resisting the devil, and the Lord will not refuse to comfort one who really mourns for sin, or to exalt one who humbles himself before Him. Submitting to God means you will have to give up ‘you’…you will have to surrender your ways, desires and life… you will surrender your control to the control of His will. So often we are afraid of surrender. We fear giving up everything. We think we have to be in full control and rather than trust the guidance of His will, we look for what the world approves of. We think that giving our lives to God means we now have a mundane and boring life and that life as we ‘knew’ it is over.  Truth is, surrender to God is the beginning of an amazing ride. It means the trusting of God to show up in amazing ways and provide incredible opportunities and blessings in your life. It means a sweet relationship with Jesus that you just didn’t have before. Surrender is the beginning of your life, not the end. It is not an option, but a calling. But you have to quit making life about you. The world wants us to focus on self love and gratification. God’s calling says love Him and love our neighbor! Lay everything (your life & plans) on the table and entrust it to God. Isn’t He more than worthy of your trust? Isn’t He greater than any other to hold your life and heart? Isn’t it time you tried His way since your way has always left something to be desired? Are you strong enough to surrender?

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