Total Surrender Part 1
(God is calling the Christian to this now.)
God loves His people and, desperately wants to be closer to us. He wants an intimate relationship that delights Him, fulfills us, and attracts others. The reality is that we have been taught through many of our institutions and much of our culture, that an intimate relationship, outside of religion, is not possible. The truth is that the Bible not only says it is possible, but promises it will happen, and the point of this blog is that we can expedite that promise by totally surrendering to God.
But what does total surrender mean? Why is God ready to teach His people this lesson NOW? Is there anything the Christian can do to facilitate or expedite the process? What are the results in our lives and the lives around us when we totally surrender to God? Has anyone ever been successful at total surrender, and if so what did it look like?
Total surrender means, “I give up. I quit fighting.” Or “Have it Your way God. You take the reins.” It does not mean, “Take over evil. I give in. Have it your way you rotten world.” It is important to note that in real surrender the Christian is not resigned to this step because he is exhausted, and God is the last trick to try. It is a subtle yet profound difference, but the truly surrendered Christian realizes that nothing else he is doing is working, and he understands that nothing he has done or ever could do will work. He comprehends … he knows … that no person, only God, can change another’s heart, and this must always come before any other significant change will follow. Therefore, in faith, the Christian surrenders.
Allowing God to enable us to totally surrender to Him is a promise given to us in the Bible which, I believe, God very much wants to keep now. The Christian is becoming conscious of this because he can’t help but be aware of the lives of the people around him. Our world and country today seem like a car speeding downhill without brakes, or a game without rules. A lost and confused people are pushing against everything to see if anything will hold.
Of course the Christian knows that God will hold, but the energy and effort we’ve used in our flesh to hold on for God, or to convince others that He is the solid Rock on which we stand, is exhausted. Toiling for our Lord we can do no more. It is with this understanding that God’s people are becoming aware of the need for our total surrender to God. And, there’s plenty of evidence throughout the Bible, that God wants total surrender from His people as well.
In Psalm 110 we read: THE LORD (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool. 2 The Lord will send forth from Zion the scepter of Your strength; rule, then, in the midst of Your foes. 3 Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew. 4 The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it: You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek. 5 The Lord at Your right hand will shatter kings in the day of His indignation.6 He will execute judgment [in overwhelming punishment] upon the nations; He will fill the valleys with the dead bodies, He will crush the [chief] heads over lands many and far extended. 7 He will drink of the brook by the way; therefore will He lift up His head [triumphantly]. AMP
This selection makes several interesting points. First, God has told Christ to SIT next to Him until He [God] has conquered all Christ’s enemies.
Verse two of this same chapter tells us that God will use Zion to do this. Zion is the name for God’s people. We are God’s people, therefore God is saying, “I will send the Christian to conquer the foes of Christ.” We know Christ has done His work and conquered Satan even unto death. If we believe in Jesus Christ then we have the same power of God that Christ had. Using Christ’s saving power the Christian is now being called to complete God’s work, which is the conquering of Christ’s foes.
And finally, God’s power to conquer the enemies of Christ will be used when God’s people willingly allow God to use them. This is vitally important because God will work through them to get His work done. The Christian will not do the work. This is explained in Ephesians 2:6. And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP (Ital. mine)
Christ’s perfect righteousness and every tool and spiritual power He had to do the work on earth that changed my heart, your heart, hell and earth, we too possess because we believe in Him. We are seated next to Christ. His work is finished. All that matters is done. Anything we think we can do in and of ourselves, in our flesh, to help conquer God’s enemies is baloney.
But though our spirits are seated with Christ, our bodies and our soul (or our mind, our will and our emotions) are still on earth. If we are willing, it is time to work for God by letting God work through us when we willing and totally surrender. When we sacrifice our soul we lose our self. The result is a complete harmony with God, and this is what defeats the enemies of Christ. And, what are these enemies? Fear. Anger. Anxiety. Worry. Lies. People see these conquered in God’s people, and they see and want God so that God can do the same in them.
There is a perfect river of Life that God has created, and it is flowing from His throne in heaven to earth. The way He has arranged for it to reach His world is through the hearts of His people. To facilitate His desire we must willingly surrender our entire heart to Him.
Question: Do you sense God tugging at you to TOTALLY surrender to Him now? If you have a thought on that I’d like to know. Leigh