Discipleship Series – Week 3 – Surrender

I don’t think any of us fully comprehend the meaning behind the words “Jesus, I make you my Lord and Savior.”

 

When you make Jesus your Lord, you are pledging your full allegiance to Him. 

 

It is a surrender of you and your life (for better or for worse).

 

And He died for all, that those who live should not from now on live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. – 2 Cor 5:15 

 

Even when we feel like we have completely surrendered all because we said we did in that great worship service, God continually shows us there is more of us that has been hiding, and He wants it. 

 

Surrender is a part of the journey we take with the Lord. The more we humble ourselves before the Lord and surrender, the more He brings us to new levels we could never reach ourselves. 

 

 Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. – 1PETER 5:6 

 

For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. – Matt 16:25

 

I urge you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship. – Rom 12:1

 

Gal 2:20

James 4:10

Prov 23:26 

Prov 3:5-6

 

The journey begins when you first say “yes, Lord,” and we have to guard our hearts, keeping them in a surrendered position to the Lord.

 

When I was a baby Christian, I was on fire for the Lord. I would make castles in the clouds of what I would do for the Lord. I gave my life to “doing things for the Lord.” 

 

While that is a good beginning, it is dangerous to stay there. 

 

In that position, you still want to do it your own way, and you don’t want to give time before doing the “good works” to allow the Lord to prepare you for battle. 

 

Month after month, year after year, God took me to a deeper place of humility, surrender, and trust. 

 

This is a place where your eyes and ears are opened and ready to receive the truth that sets you free. 

 

 A place He can prepare you for the battlefield. 

 

You will need it. 

 

As they say at Charis, “don’t come out of the oven half-baked.” 

 

God knows when you are ready. Trust Him with the timing. 

 

What we think is right and wrong needs to surrender to the Lord. 

 

How we think, and act must surrender and be renewed to the Word of God. 

 

The only reason we have a problem with surrender is because of self-will. 

 

We want it our way, but there is a freedom in surrender to God we can’t find anywhere else. Once we understand God’s love for us, we won’t fear surrendering to Him because we know God has your best interest at heart.

 

In His Service,

Abbie

Assignment:

Lesson – Prepare Your Heart