The Courage to Surrender

Who is really in charge of your life? Can you actually find fulfillment or control your destiny by living life “your way”? Life has a way of destroying our plans. We delude our self when we think that we can manage or direct our life. In the decisions we make, we will either obey our selfish flesh, the deceitful devil or God. It is totally unprofitable to surrender our life to anyone other than God.

We humans have a need to make our own way in the world, so we often reject the teachings of our youth and incorporate what we learn in college and in the workplace as our own philosophy. We deludedly think that we can do with our life whatever feels good to us. We often dabble in various venues to see how they fit. Deciding who we are and how we blend into our world often takes a lifetime.

We make what we think are wise decisions, but the consequences of those choices, along with unforeseen events, may end up crippling us. There are so many ideals, philosophies, needs and powers at work in our world. Thankfully, God continually provides us with a fork in our road. He gives us many opportunities to walk away from the world and into His waiting, everlasting arms.

If we have the courage to surrender to His love, we have His peace. However, God does not accept half-hearted devotion. He wants the dedication of a bondservant (Deuteronomy 15:16-17). He came to earth in human form to lay down His life for us, and He wants an equal commitment from us. So, we voluntarily lay down our life for Him (1 Corinthians 7:22-23), and surrender our pride and rebellion to Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, throughout His lifetime Jesus frequently prayed to You. He communed with You in the same way that we do – without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We can enjoy sweet fellowship with the Trinity as we carpool the kids, clean the house, work at the office, build homes, repair cars, wait on tables and perform every other aspect of our life. You sustain us through whatever life brings our way.

Thought for the Day:
“The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2:15-17

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