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Surrendering

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“No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” An unconditional surrender means a person is giving control of their life to another to do with as they will. This is certainly not the American Way. To give up and lay down our arms of resistance is not in our vocabulary. However, surrendering must be in a Christian’s vocabulary.
In Christianity, surrendering is the only way to see victory in Jesus Christ. There lies the paradox. On the surface there is the contradiction that in order to achieve victory one must surrender their will to another. Surrendering to whom and for what purpose is the key to understanding that surrendering leads to freedom, not captivity. How is that possible? Jesus said seven words in Luke 22:42 “not my will, but yours, be done.” Here is Jesus, just before his death, giving us a supreme example of surrendering his will to the Father so we might have victory in our lives.

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I must, and you must, surrender our will to experience the joy of victory.

A man named Saul thought he was winning points with the Lord by persecuting Christians. With sincerety he led Christians to their deaths. The Lord came and revealed to him that he was really working against Him.

Acts 9:5 (NKJV)
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

Jesus told Saul that what he was kicking against the goads. A goad was a long stick with a metal end that was used to keep oxen in line and if the oxen kicked against it, it would be painful. Kicking against the law of God is hurtful to a person. All we have to do is look around us in the world to see the pain and suffering that is being felt by so many because they are resisting the Lord. People are really kicking hard, resisting the greatest life a person could ever live by; being a Christian.

Saul thought he was doing the right thing and that nothing he was doing was really wrong. He didn’t know he was sinning against God. However, when he learned that he was hurting Jesus by hurting his people, he surrendered his will. He surrendered his life.

Perhaps you have experienced the pain of bad decisions, the pain of living a life that has been kicking against the will of the Lord. Being able to say the words

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live,

you will experience victory in your life by coming to Jesus. Surrendering leads to victory. Visit the link below to learn how you can have victory in Jesus.

1 Cor 15:57: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

https://109.199.127.122/~cwtech38/coldwatercoc.com/godsplanforyou.html

Dave