When thinking about surrender to the Lord, it is easy to surrender today. Give everything to the Lord. Next day comes, lo and behold, the habit of taking things on yourself is right back at you. The hope is that when you surrender, it is a done deal. But, the flesh is weak. In continuing the theme that the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, this need to surrender daily comes to light. The flesh is not going to let the Spirit take control. You have to give control to the Spirit.
Mark 14:37-38 – 37)“And He came back and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Were you unable to keep watch for one? 38) Keep [actively] watching and praying so that you do not come into temptation, the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Amplified)
Part of this revelation is apparent when we look at the Psalms. David prayed that God would renew a right spirit within him. (Psalm 51). If there was no need to surrender often, this prayer would not be unnecessary. The flesh, the world, and the enemy bring about the need to stay before the Lord and continually surrender. Life events and other elements seem to come forth out of nowhere. This is the reason we are called to be sober, keep watch. This spiritual journey cannot be taken lightly. It is also revealed in other parts of Scripture that we need to forgive one another, sometimes even seventy times seven. The flesh is not relenting easily. Neither is the world and definitely not the enemy.
Note the Scripture that says the enemy roams about seeking whom he may destroy. When awareness of the spiritual realm becomes a real priority, the process of surrender becomes much more desired. There is no way to walk in spiritual authority without surrendering. There is power in surrendering. You don’t have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Christ must be sought with your whole heart, mind, and soul. From there, you can share the Good News. Here comes immerse. Immerse yourself in the Word of God.
It is necessary to take the plunge and get into God. Surrendering empties ourselves of ourselves. We can then immerse to develop the most important relationship of our lives, the relationship with God through Christ Jesus our Lord. The true love we desire to give others flows from this relationship. We cannot get to know God if we don’t get to know God. Surrendering is a daily process along with immersing ourselves in His Word. Falling asleep is not just literal. We fall asleep in our busyness and in our lives. That is letting the call to “be sober and keep watch” fall by the wayside. When we put God first, He will make the way for the rest that is needed. Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven.
While the following questions were answered by me from a devotional I did today, I wanted to share them with you. I am not looking for answers on the post, of course. But thought as we continue on this journey, when we probe deep within ourselves about our relationship with Christ, we can move forward in growth. The key is to be honest with ourselves because God already sees and knows.
Do you feel like you have to earn Jesus’s love? Why or why not?
I used to. Today I know that Jesus loves me in spite of myself. I used to beat myself up regularly if I failed in trying to get something right or change behaviors that I thought were ungodly or not aligned with His will for me. I kept making some of the same mistakes over and over again. His love for me is always a comfort and a reminder that I didn’t do anything to earn His love in the first place and I can do nothing to keep it.
How has God’s love changed you?
God’s love has given me a peace that surpasses understanding as stated in His Word. The last two years of trials and challenges has shown me true strength. His love has erased the fear I used to have of living. His love has shown me that no matter what happens, I have hope, in Him. Even if I should leave this earth, I have a place with Him in heaven. How truly awesome is that!
What is Jesus calling you to put aside so you can follow Him completely?
Financial worry is at the top of the list. Yes, I had to answer this question honestly for myself. While I do go into prayer, I reflect on my reactions. Sometimes tears would result or me trying to figure out the next step based on what I can see and my limited resources. Based on the trials I have experienced over the last two years in particular, and over the years as a single parent, I would say this has been a thorn for me. I read an article today about Jonah and Deep Sea Surrender. I have included a link should you desire to read it. It is a poignant article.
Jonah did not surrender his rebellion to God’s will until he was swallowed up by the fish. And, as a thought by the writer indicated, it still took three days for him to get out. I believe the point here is that God’s love pursues us until we have surrendered all to Him. No matter what it is. After surrender, you still may not receive all the answers you think you need. The ultimate point is that you are now ready to be used for His purpose. Beyond that, you get a deeper understanding about Him and you.
Today the quiet allows the mind to ponder the things of God. Reading today allows surrender of the preconceived notion of how things should be. The words shared with me today enhance the place of listening. Thoughts about the past (I am in the now) reflect the journey, the desert, the wilderness, the growth and the personal relationship with my God. When looking back, the choices taken or not taken, reflect to me that God knows who I am. Having experienced the audible voice of God many times and several periods in my life, I know that He knows who I am. What resonates in my soul is that He drew me in with His love, His voice, His gift of His Son that I might have eternal life as well as life here more abundantly. Continue reading…!
Today’s post is kind of short for me but to the point. “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Today, recognition blesses my soul and that keeping my commitment to the present, the now is wrapped up in this Scripture. I believe that I am truly living now because I have surrendered my gift of writing to Him. Embracing and using this gift to share with others has been a rewarding and eye-opening journey of self-discovery. There’s more, keep reading!
I want to speak about being God’s masterpiece today. In our sermon from last night’s church service, I was blessed by the reminder that we are the masterpiece of God. Each of us have the opportunity to allow God to mold us in such a way that we would be a work that would testify to His glory.
The Scripture used was Jeremiah 18 where God speaks to him about the potter and the clay. The potter must possess the clay or have it in his hands in order to mold the shape and transform it into a work of art. We must surrender to God in order for Him to transform us. We have this awesome opportunity to become God’s precious work that will be completed upon Jesus’s return. Or, we can refuse to surrender and become an unfinished work. I pray for the body of believers and any new believers the following Scripture: Philippians 1:6 – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (NLT)
Read Jeremiah 18 for further insight on the potter and the clay.
Sandra R. Vercellono
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.
This devotion was spent pondering the word exalt. The definition includes to glorify; to praise; to elevate in rank,honor, power, character, and quality. I looked into elevate, meaning to raise up; which is archaic or rare. I want to use that definition today. We need to raise up the Lord. I realize that the Lord already sits on the right hand of the Father, elevated to that position by God Himself. We can, however, elevate or exalt the Lord in our lives. By our conversation and our behavior, we can exalt the Lord, the world or the enemy. Psalm 21:13 – “Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.” (NLT) With music and singing, we celebrate. How often do we truly understand the element of music in our worship to the Lord? We can exalt the Lord by singing and making melody in our hearts to Him. How can we do that except our minds are stayed on Him? Our minds being fixed on who He is and all that He has done for us. (NLT) Psalm 57:11 – “Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth.” As bright as the stars are and as far in the heavens as they reside, how much more is the glory of God? The Word says that God would make the rocks cry out if there was none to worship Him. He is exalted simply as our Creator. (NLT) Psalm 99:5 – “Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before His feet, for He is holy!” I think about the word exalt and the meaning to glorify, to praise, and to elevate. This should be daily practice. We surrender ourselves to much less worthy things. Can our Lord get the glory and praise that’s due Him for His precious sacrifice? We should declare to make praise a daily exercise as part of our worship. When we do, we open the door for more of the Lord’s transforming power. When the praises go up, the blessings come down. (NLT)
Sandra R. Vercellono Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.