THE STRENGTH OF SURRENDER

Grace For The Journey

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2Oct  2Oct2  Now that’s an odd title, isn’t it? What do you think of when you read the word surrender? I’m quite sure “strength” is not what comes to your mind!  Most people think of someone who has been defeated, waving a white flag, and giving up.  They might well picture someone who has lost all of his strength, weakened to the point where he simply cannot go on.

What a word of encouragement I have for you today! The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.” Notice what he did not say. He did not say that the greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his . . .

  • Status
  • Superiority
  • Salary
  • Success
  • Smarts
  • Schemes
  • Significance

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this truth in action.  Never has there been a life more fully surrendered to the will of God.  And never has the greatness of a man’s power been more evident than in the surrendered life of Christ.  Hear once again His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mark 14:36: “Abba”, Father, all things are possible for You.  Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless,  not what I will, but what You will.”  

The Bible tells us that in His darkest hour, sweating droplets of blood, Jesus was fully surrendered to the will of His Father in heaven.  Yes, He cried out to God the Father to take the cup of wrath from Him, because everything is possible with God; but never did He ask anything apart from the sovereign will of His Father in heaven.

When He came into this world, Jesus said, “Behold, I I have come – in the volume of the Book it is written of Me – to do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:7).

And He never wavered in His glorious surrender.

As Jesus knelt in Gethsemane, His soul “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38), He didn’t pray “If it is possible for you,” but rather, “All things are possible for0 You!”  

Our Lord is the perfect picture of the absolute strength of surrender.

So . . . is this the desire of your life?  Do you want God wants for you, even when what He wants includes problems and pain?  Remember, God only gives us what is necessary to continue conforming us into the image and likeness of His beloved Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). And that process often includes difficulty, storms, and suffering.

Trials are the refining fire that burns away our sinful self-absorption.

Surrender is a battle, a fight; it is ongoing warfare against our self-centered nature’s desire to sit on the throne of our lives. We must remind ourselves every day that surrender is not an option!  We all surrender to something.  We will either surrender to Jesus or something other than Jesus.

To acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to surrender to Him.  The word “surrender” implies “a giving up after resistance to the power of another”, and, in this case, “includes accepting the superiority of someone else.”  It is not accepting defeat, per se, as there is no loss of life or property.

To surrender means the end of the fight, and there is no more argument.

It is the solid realization that His way is a better way.

The ‘Old Man’ in Scripture refers to the sinful nature of humans. When Jesus died on the cross, He was man’s substitute.  Therefore, in the redemptive plan of God, all the sins of humanity were paid for in full by the death of Jesus.  Romans chapter 6 teaches that the old man was crucified with Jesus, and just as Jesus died, sin nature died with Him.

In order to comprehend this walk in newness of life, obedience to Romans 10:9 is a requirement – “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  A Christian must believe in the resurrection of Jesus and not only confess Him as Lord but make Him Lord of their life.  To confess Jesus as Lord is to accept a new master other than self, a new boss, so to speak.  To make Jesus Lord means to obey Him by learning His will as it is written in the Bible, and learning to walk by the Spirit as Romans 8 and Galatians 5 teaches.

To die to self so that Christ can live and work within a person is a fundamental principle in Christianity.  The Bible teaches the Christian to put off or put away old ways of thinking, speaking and living, and to replace them with Christ-like ways.  The lifestyle of self-centered living is without purpose and leads to destruction.  In contrast, the Christian surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ is secure, sailing on a well-defined course with a rock-solid future.

The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

In a world that saturates people with information, and promotes reliance on intelligence and education, to trust the Lord and not one’s own understanding is almost unthinkable. But this is the nucleus of what it means to surrender.  A surrendered Christian acknowledges God at every step, living a life of total trust in His miracle power and perfect plan.

Which will it be for you?

This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey …

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

 

 

 

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