Grace to Surrender

Surrender is almost impossible unless you start first with knowing God and trusting Him. When we know that He is good, kind, and faithful to us we are able to give over our desires, fears, and lives to Him. We are not giving over our desires and fears to a distant and cold thing, but a personal God who deeply cares for us. He is worth knowing and worth trusting more than I could ever put into words.
 
Matthew 16:24 (AMP):

“24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].”

I think that surrender is one of those things that sounds really nice in theory until we are actually doing it ourselves. Surrender isn’t just a one and done thought. It is a process that leads to a lifestyle of surrender in both the big and the small things in our lives. Surrender looks like giving the Lord the reins on a daily basis. As we cultivate a daily practice of surrender to Him, surrendering the big things to Him becomes easier.
 
I want to challenge you this week to spend time each day with the Lord asking Him these questions:

• Are there any lies that I am believing about who You are? What truths do You want to replace those lies with?
 
• Are there any areas of my life that I have walls up? Ask Him for the grace to let those down with Him.

• What does it look like for me to surrender to You today?

Prayer:

Father, I thank you that you are kind and faithful to me. I thank you that you have my best interests at heart, and you are always with me. Would you come today and give me grace to surrender my whole life to you today? Would you be in every part of my decisions: both big and small? Holy Spirit come and search my heart & fill me up. Amen.

Author | Brooke DeLoach

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