You know those moments in life where you see so many possibilities? Your mind is racing, anxiety has vice gripped your heart and you feel as if you’re going to explode from all the pressures, the wondering, the fear, the worry? I’m reminded of the teapot, as it whistles, steam bellowing out of its top, reaching its capacity for maximum pressure, no longer able to withhold that which is inside. It must release, lest it self implode. When our lives resemble that of the “teapot syndrome,” the most powerful words we could utter are, “Lord, I surrender.”
Now I’m not suggesting that we should ever allow ourselves to become so pressurized in the first place, to make God our last resort. Much the opposite is true, but unfortunately far too often, this is the reality. Sometimes the cause is lack of trust. Other times it is fear of what surrender actually means. Maybe you believe you are “tough enough” to handle the onslaught against you. But it was never supposed to be this way.
I am reminded here of a Scripture:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
To take heart is to be courageous, to regain one’s courage. Regaining one’s courage is to be encouraged in the truth that God has already overcome the world, by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay for your freedom – not just from sin (hallelujah for that!) but also for the penalty of sin.
If the wages of sin are death according to Romans 6:23, then could we also apply this death to our health (emotionally, spiritually, physically), our finances, our relationships?
So then, if Jesus has overcome the world – why are we not experiencing freedom in our lives? I believe it is a lack surrender. That surrender is simply sitting with God, being in His presence, to hear Him, know Him and understand His heart for YOU – fostering the kind of intimate relationship that He longs for. The enemy however would love nothing more than to keep you bound to illusory chains that you’ve already been set free from over 2000 years ago on that cross at Calvary.
The Illusion Of Control
Being in “control” (or actually the lie that we are) is exhausting! You will wear yourself plumb out thinking that we can make our environment safe, that we can prevent ourselves from being hurt, that we can somehow manage to manipulate situations and circumstances around us to provide a false sense of security. Friends, it is exhausting. I cannot stress that enough. God never intended for us to carry such a load!
There is only one God and we are not Him. In John 16:33 above, Scripture doesn’t say that you & I have overcome the world or that we will have peace in ourselves or those around us. It says take heart in HIM, because HE has overcome the world. We can be courageous because our peace is in Christ alone. Our place of surrender to Him enables us to rest in His abiding love, in the truth that through Him, we too are overcomers. (Romans 8:37)
I humbly submit to you that when you don’t know what to do, when your heart is breaking, God is calling you to a place of surrender. To lay all of your hurt at the feet of Jesus, to know Him more.
I pray this song will minister to your spirit…
To Know Him Is To Trust Him
We live in a fallen world sadly, that’s no secret or surprise. So many of us have been deeply damaged by other people who have broken our trust. We have dealt with abandonment, rejection, outright lies, misplaced trust and manipulation. These wounds have festered and prevented us from seeing our Heavenly Father through the right lens.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Even when things haven’t turned out the way we hoped, God hasn’t lied. When our prayer is seemingly not being answered, God is not being slack in His promises. When our hearts are breaking and God seems silent, He hasn’t left you and He never will.
Every single thing that God has allowed in your life has been for a reason. Sometimes our choices create a set of difficulties that He never intended us to face. Even in the midst of our poor choices, God is working everything out for your good. (Romans 8:28) Why? Because He loves you. He is crazy about you and has only the best plans for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Surrendering to Him isn’t about being numb inside, void of feeling. Surrendering to God is about partnering with Him. It is no mistake that there is a hope & a dream on the inside of you that no one can shake.
Partnering with God means that in your surrender, He can work with you to prepare you for the wonders and gifts that are to come – the readiness necessary to walk out all the great things He has in store for you. To have your heart healed and set free from the bindings of your enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy you & your destiny.
John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Have you ever heard of the trust exercise? The one where someone stands behind you and your job is to fall back into their arms, trusting that they will in fact catch you?
For some of us, that strikes terror into our hearts! Trust? Oh no! I’ll not do that again!
As I was praying this morning, this was the vision I had: I could see Jesus standing there behind us, with us, for us. With His arms stretched wide, He was asking, “Do you trust me? Will you let yourself fall back into my arms, into my love, into my rest? Be weightless, free, allowing ME to take your burdens? Will you simply be Mine?” Jesus is asking us to perform the “trust exercise” with Him.
That my friends is what surrender is all about. It’s trusting that God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind. He hasn’t forgotten you and He never will. God has not made any mistakes, and even those that you might have made will be worked out for your good out of His loving kindness for you.
He will bring to fulfillment all that is within you, waiting to be birthed. Those deepest desires of your heart, the ones that are from His heart, will come to pass. But first, we must get to know Him so that He can help us know ourselves. We must surrender our hearts into His care, for us to be healed, set free, delivered from the snares of our pasts.
Let His perfect love cast out all of your fear.
1 John 4:18 New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Let your surrender to His love for you make you whole, maybe for the first time in your life. Spend time in His presence and let Him lavish His overwhelming love for you on your heart, filling you to overflow. All that is wrong, He will make right. Why? Because NOTHING is too hard for God. You are His beloved in whom He is well pleased.
Numbers 6:24-26 Living Bible (TLB)
24-26 ‘May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.’