Sunday, November 25, 2012

To Surrender to God

What does it mean to surrender to God? Is it just a simple raising of one's hands in Church service? Or to just to sing with all your heart the hymn " I surrender All"? No, surrendering to God is so much more than that. You see, God says he blinks at our ignorance for a season,but he calls all men to repentance. When a Christian first comes to the lord, it was enough to just raise your hand and that would be accounted for surrendering to God. It was enough to just sing the lyrics to "I surrender All" and that would be accounted for. Any Christian that continues to grow in Christ will soon realize that God would begin to require more. As Christians or unbelievers we may hear that God wants every part of you. It doesn't seem possible that God would want that and that you could give him every part of you, but it is possible. To surrender to God is to give your life as a sacrifice to him. It's surrendering your heart, mind, body, soul, emotions, dreams, ambitions, family and everything that you are to him. God wants your heart. Sometimes we are in situations that are uncomfortable and we have to surrender our heart to God, so God can have his away. Our ultimate response to any situation that we are in should be the response that Jesus had. He was an example for us and we should follow in his steps: Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Until it becomes your nature, you have to consciously decide that I am going to die to myself so Christ can be seen through me. God and flesh can't be on throne at the same time. It's either you are going to let self live or die to yourself and become alive unto God.
Romans 6:1-10 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.