How Surrendered?

How Surrendered?

Giving it all to Jesus…

May 19th, 2019

Friday of this week, the long arduous period of being without a means for me to generate an income ended. This time I‘ve spent unemployed, looking for work, has forced me to question just what I understood about real surrender and commitment.

Thankful? You can’t imagine the half of it. Thankful that almost nine months of searching for employment, came to a resolution Friday afternoon. Hours of prayer from myself, my family, friends, and my church; had been answered with a resounding ‘YES’, to our request that God place me wherever He desired for me. Thankful that during this period of financial stress and inability to meet the obligations for which I had made commitments, God preserved and sustained my home and my family. Thankful that despite the valley of adversity, His Holy Spirit had helped to guide and teach me depths of His love I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to conceive of.

Yesterday I posted a message on Facebook to my friends, so they might understand just how significant this relaxed state of mind was because my loving God, had responded to our supplications, and I was at rest.  I quote…

 

This is the first Saturday in a long time,
I have had to really relax.
#ThankyouLord

 

As is typical of our enemy the accuser, later he lashed back at me…

 

‘If you were really trusting in that God of yours,
then you would have been relaxed the entire time.
What’s up with that?’
 

 

Funny (not in a humorous way), Satan is always standing ready to accuse us of anything he can, disregarding the truth of God’s Word.

This left me considering just how trusting I was of God’s ability and willingness to provide. I also find, when we consider our surrender to the will of God, our ability to do so, is constantly hampered by the corrupted state we exist in right now.

We can intellectually cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I’ in our commitment to God and his will for our lives; we can surrender property, time, emotional investment and physical ability to be and do the things he directs us to do; and yet, because we are ‘in the flesh’, doing so means we are at constant spiritual war within our own bodies the entire time.

The lack of relaxation wasn’t because I didn’t trust God for the outcome, it was because in this process, in my surrender to God’s will, God’s Spirit, along with my spirit were constantly engaged in a battle to fight my flesh. The enemy loves to leverage our flesh to relentlessly seek to destroy the assurance that God IS FAITHFUL!

God is always faithful, just as the devil is always an accuser and a liar. He seeks any means he can to derail us in our efforts to abide in God’s purpose.

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!

Lamentations 3:22-23 (CSB)

If you have faith in Jesus Christ and he is the Word (John 1:1), when the Word says that God is faithful and his mercies never end, our faithfulness acknowledges God’s.

It is never easy when things are not going well, or even worse things are a disaster. Understanding God’s reasons for allowing us to endure hardship is not something we really can always comprehend. It is much more important that we understand what God says about himself and what he will or will not do on our behalf.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (CSB)

When God says this, it isn’t our prerogative to question if God performs to our specifications.

 

God, I don’t see what is good about this!
What would be good is if you’d do what I think is good.

God if you can provide this, I’ll do that.

God why are you waiting to do this!

 

 

God is to be worshiped and glorified.  If we “are called according to his purpose”, then it stands to reason that we will focus on accomplishing ‘his purpose’ and not our own agendas.

Good is for us to serve those purposes and to follow the Master where he leads; through the troubled times, through the dark valleys and up the mountain sides. Just as our faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for our sanctification has brought grace where there was condemnation; when he says that all things will work together for the good of those of us that love God, we have to take it on faith that regardless of what we can see, God is doing what is best, if our goals are his goals.

In the Grace of Jesus!
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