Theme: What does it mean to surrender to the Lord?
Our surrender to the Lord involves trusting Him with every part of our lives. This means there is no area that is off-limits to Him – we talk to Him about ALL our concerns.
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell Him every detail of your life.” Philippians 4:6, TPT
Surrendering involves casting all our cares on Christ in reckless abandonment. Yes, I said reckless abandonment. We intentionally decide to relinquish the feeling of anxiety and worry floating around in our minds, and embrace the surpassing peace given to us by the Prince of peace. We leave the issues with Him and do not pick it back up.
“Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7, TPT
Surrendering requires us to know that this act is ongoing. Because of our stubborn human tendencies, many times we do not get it right the first time. It is a repeated choice.
“Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.” The KJV rendering of 1 Peter 5:7 uses the word, “casting” which continually.
When we surrender, we purposefully follow all His footsteps and promptings to our hearts. We chose to be obedient. Many times, our choice to yield to His will leaves us not knowing the outcome. On the bright side, we can rest with confidence knowing the One who holds us tenderly, and is well able maneuver the outcome.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26, NIV
Surrendering is intentionally refusing to worry about the problems of tomorrow or even today. We will deliberately take each challenge that comes our way to the Lord for His help and guidance.
So, will you join me in surrendering today?
"All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him. In His presence daily live." Old Hymn