Raise the white flag.
While none of those phrases or words above are pleasant, in war, they’re prevalent. One must lose for another to win. One must be defeated for another to be victorious. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary ‘surrender’ means to yield to the power of another. Is that not true in our fight for faith, in the war between this present world and eternity?
Mark 8:34 (NIV) “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Galatians 5:24 (KJV) “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
Though the war we fight may be invisible to the naked eye, the truth is, it is the most important battle we will ever fight. Surrender is not a matter of if we surrender, it’s a matter of to whom we are surrendering. We can surrender to our flesh or to God. Yield to Him or to man. One thing is for certain, though, each one of us has surrendered to one or the other.
Throughout history, entire nations have been changed by surrendering and so, too, will our lives.
In the Bible, Moses had to surrender his title. David had to surrender his mistakes. Noah had to surrender his reputation. Peter had to surrender his past. Mary had to surrender her sin. Paul had to surrender his religion. Thomas had to surrender his doubt.
What we must understand is that surrendering to God actually means we have overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
James 4:10 (NIV) “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
As you seek God, I pray He shows you in which places you still need to surrender, because once you relinquish those things into His hands you become free.
Surrendering to Christ = Freedom!