I am discovering , admitting, confessing some things about myself lately, partly through my studies and more importantly I believe I am being guided to look at myself by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I am admitting to myself, and now to you also that I am “gulp” a long way from complete surrender. I pray that I will increasingly be willing to completely surrender all that I am and all that I have to God.
I mentioned yesterday that I am painfully under construction. It’s painful because I have to exam my beliefs. I say I trust God completely. If that is a true statement then why am I so unwilling to completely surrender myself, my time, my things etc. Don’t’ get me wrong, I do partial surrender and I do that fairly often, but complete surrender is acting out what I say I believe to the fullest.
It’s scary and it shouldn’t be. You see I do believe with every ounce of my being that God will take care of me, the hard part is what about all my ‘stuff’ and all the things I like and what about my comfort?? There!! Does that give you a clearer picture of where I’m at? It’s pretty sad. I am reminded of a certain rich young ruler.
Let me insert here, I know that it is not wrong to have money, wealth or possessions. The problem is when our possessions rule our life, as in the case of the young ruler. Wealth and possessions can trick us into believing we are self- sufficient and that we don’t need God. Jesus told the young ruler to “follow me.” To follow Jesus we must deny-self.
What does surrendering look like? Here are a few examples.
Luke 9:23-26 “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat — I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? (from THE MESSAGE)
Phil 1:20-22 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. NIV
Heb 11:8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations — the City designed and built by God. (from THE MESSAGE)
2 Cor 5:11-15 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. NIV
Rom 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. NIV
Andrew Murray wrote — God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Phil 2:12-13 NIV
So I ask you, is absolute surrender possible?
Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for him who believes.” NIV