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True change comes from surrender

Welcome to our Freedom Fridays, a blog that speaks freely about becoming more like our Father, and all that it takes to get there! Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and join us for Jennifer’s thoughts and revelations because of one word: Surrender!

True change comes from surrender: Sounds counterproductive, right?  Change is active. By definition it is “the act or instance of making or becoming different.”  So, how can we have real, true change from surrender?   To surrender is defined as to give up control of something or to give something up to another.  Usually we seek change in our own misguided and distorted terms.  Only God can bring change into our lives, usually through glorious small victories.

One of the definitions of surrender I came across was “to surrender in spirituality and religion means that a believer completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a higher power” (Wikipedia).  I disagree with this definition.

If you study the scriptures, you are not “giving something up,” rather there is an exchanging of your will for His.  He gives beauty for ashes, peace for pain, and joy for sorrow.  If we feel like we are being forced, then we will instinctively reject the idea.

So our action is really an in-action: to give up our control. Let go. Step back. Empty self!

He doesn’t ask us to surrender in our strength, or by the power of our will.  When we let go and allow Him to work in us, to change us, it is everlasting.  It is freedom.

Look at Hannah (1 Sam. 1:10).  She surrendered herself and her son.  In Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” The writer of Psalm 73 shows us that, “we lift our gaze to Christ who leads us in godly change.”

What do you need to surrender?  What ideas or feelings are you holding on to?

Give in…let go…surrender all.

“Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.” [Dwight L. Moody]

Surrendered,

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