Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Raising our White Flags
Lately that word is the one I run from. Let's admit it, this is probably one of the hardest parts of being a disciple of Christ. Surrender means giving everything to God, releasing all your worries, "letting go and letting God." IT'S HARD!
A lot of times, we as humans are too stubborn to admit that we actually need God, we try to do it aloneand eventually realize that doing it alone is impossible, "For without God, you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Some people will raise their white flag and surrender to God during a very emotional moment, but later they turn around and go back to trying to be independent.
See, the thing about surrender is that it's not just the easy areas in your life or the part you are worried about. It's EVERYTHING!!! It's surrendering your family, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, and random people you care about and that you don't get along with. It's surrendering the shame that you hide deep down in your heart. It's surrendering the lonliness you feel or the anger. It's surrendering your hopes and dreams. It's surrendering your feelings of not being good enough. It's surrendering the tears on your pillow at night. The list goes on and on, but in a sum, it's surrendering everything.
2 Timothy 4:18 says:
"The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
Have you ever heard the saying "If God is all you have, you have everything you need" or "When it's too hard to stand, kneel" or "Don't tell God you have a big problem, tell your problem you have a big god."well, those are all true. They may not be easy, but they are very true. God is bigger than all of this. He will lift you up. He won't let you fall. All you have to do is offer it up. And maybe you are afraid, I know it's hard, but God will take care of it. Maybe you start by offering up something small, and then something bigger, and then something even bigger untill you are ready to give to God what is God's: your life. Surrender is a scary thing! We silly humans think we can handle everything on our own but we can't. There is no possible way we can face the devil alone. By trying to face Satan alone, he has already won. Don't give him that satasfaction! Jesus already beat the devil, and He's backing you up. So next time you face your biggest mountain, remember that Jesus is right beside you, walking with you, holding your hand. So offer it up and "let go and let God!"