Surrendered

“May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.” – Andrew Murray

I am surrendered

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement.: he is a rebel who needs to lay down his arms.  Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the right one—that is the only way out of our ‘hole.’  This process of surrender is what Christians call ‘repentance.’  Now repentance is no fun at all.  It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie.  It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves in for thousands of years.  It means killing a part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death.” – C.S. Lewis

Once you begin to internalize your true identity in Christ, quite naturally you’ll also begin to surrender. As a believer in Jesus, you already know a little bit about surrender. This takes a level of humility! Surrender then is the trait of humble submission to Christ, and quite naturally your heart and soul will be inclined toward responding in repentance. Repentance involves turning your attention and focus away from all things that keep you at a distance from Jesus and turning towards Him. It’s a daily process toward maturity in your walk with Him.

Not about me anymore

Maybe you’re ready to look in a mirror and speak out this statement to yourself: “It’s not about me anymore… thank goodness! Now it’s all about Jesus!” This is a critical change in your focus. Past failures, weaknesses, attachments, relationships, fears and anxieties will lose their power as you change your focus, day-by-day, to Jesus. Less struggling. Deeper humility. Daily repentance.

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in!” – Hebrews 12:2

In surrendering your old nature, you’ll start living out your new nature as you’re designed to live, with the life and nature of Christ being formed in you. When you’re becoming free of self, keeping Jesus as your central focus, it’s amazing to watch God begin to release you from destructive strongholds that may have been dominating your life for years!

“Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not ‘mine,’ but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:1-2

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