Freedom in Surrender (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY (FREEDOM). BUT WE ALL WITH OPEN FACE BEHOLDING AS IN A GLASS THE GLORY OF THE LORD, ARE CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY, EVEN AS BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.” II Corinthians 3:17-18

There have been many times of surrender in my life as a mom. I remember bathing a screaming four-week-old baby girl and saying to myself, “I can’t do this one more time.” Ever so sweetly the Holy Spirit whispered, “You are the only mother she has. This is your job.” As my face was bathed with tears, I relinquished my rights in surrender to the Lord as He called me to motherhood right there. Freedom invaded my heart as I gave myself over to the power of the Holy Spirit as a mother. The Christian life is full of opportunities to surrender. I agree with Corrie ten Boom when she writes:

“The growth of the Christian life does not stop at the first surrender, any more than marriage stops at the wedding ceremony.”

What is surrender? I have heard it defined this way: disposing of one’s self to become another’s property-giving one’s self up or over into the power of another. This is not a popular idea in our culture. We are programmed to be self-sufficient, independent. Becoming another’s property or allowing another to have power over us is foreign. Most of the teaching in scripture is counter cultural. In case you don’t know, if you’re a believer, this world is not your home. As moms, we must raise our children to go from dependence on us to dependence on God. Independence is not a Biblical term. As a matter of fact, it is the opposite of surrender. This is where we struggle as Christians. We were never meant to live apart from dependence on God. We can’t live the supernatural life without dependence on God. That’s why so many Christians are not living in freedom. They refuse to allow God to have power over them. They hold on to the power of independence and yet live in bondage. God is calling you as His child to a life of surrender.

The evangelist Tony Evans says that surrender is “saying ‘yes’ to God before you know the question.” This suggests a total willingness to do whatever the Lord asks me to do. That is a place of complete trust and we will only trust God when we know His character. When we say “yes” to God before we know the question, it’s as if we stand before God with open hands and a willing heart saying, “Lord, I don’t even know what you’re going to ask me, but whatever you ask, Lord, I will do. Wherever you send me, I will go.”

Are your hands open in surrender or are they clenched in independence? Are you insisting on your own way or admitting your helplessness apart from Christ? Is there anything in your hand today that the Holy Spirit wants you to release? The Lord is calling you to experience freedom today by surrendering to Him. As He speaks to your heart, He will enable you to obey and surrender. It is the only way to freedom.

“Jesus, all for Jesus. All I am and have and ever hope to be. All of my ambitions hopes and plans. I surrender these into Your hands. For it’s only in Your will that I am free. Jesus, all for Jesus. All I am and have and ever hope to be.” Robin Mark

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