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Surrender Is Not For Wimps

The term surrender seems to have a negative connotation. We tend to equate it to giving up, giving in, loser, and tapping out. Surrender in our minds is equivalent to defeat and raising up the white flag. There seems to be nothing positive about the word. Surrender wreaks weakness – another term we could care less for and often revolve our lives around changing it rather than embracing it.

We can’t understand how God uses our weaknesses to give us purpose and to change the world. As Joyce Myer states, God takes our mess and turn it into our message, and that is incomprehensible to us. The same way we cannot grasp the idea of surrendering our lives and “offering our bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).

To change the negative connotation of surrender to a positive one, we must understand it in a different light knowing that God is offering us a life that is beyond our imagination. We must realize that we are trading this life with all its cares and placing it in the Father’s hand to do as he wish. Releasing the control over to God seems to be the hard part.

That is why surrendering is not for wimps; it is for people who are courageous enough to know that they need a Savior. These courageous people are willing to make some difficult decisions. They have decided to …

  1. Be totally committed
  2. Have an attitude of gratitude
  3. Trust God for everything
  4. Give up all of their rights

He alone can prepare us to receive the abundance he has in store for us; he can only do that when we surrender.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

We need to claim this promise. God promises that he will give us perfect peace if we do two things according to this verse. First, we need to trust Him to be who He was, is, and always will be–that is God. Trusting God is believing that He will keep His promises and that He will do what He says He is going to do. God is never late. God is never early. He is always on time. Second, all our thoughts are to be fixed on Him. When we are distracted, we tend to get frustrated and worry ourselves unnecessarily. However, when our minds is stayed on God, He is sure to give us the peace we need to go through challenges, obstacles, and successes of every kind.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Do you sometimes feel afraid? No matter what your reasons may be, you become afraid because you don’t feel that God is close enough. This is so far from the truth. God is always around to nurture, to support, and to comfort you–even when you cannot see, hear, or feel Him. Your feelings are not always reliable. That is precisely why faith is so important. David provides a good example, you need to make it a habit to trust in God when fear seems to be winning. He will give you the strength to punch fear in the face and move on to things that truly matter.