surrender

It seems counter-intuitive in our modern┬áculture… That we would gain strength to live well by giving up any right to live our own way. BUT (and this is a really BIG BUT), this is the only way life truly works.

The God spoken of below is the God of the Bible in the Person of Jesus Christ. He is really smart, really strong, really big, REALLY loving, and really cares about my problems even more than i do (imagine that). Stay tuned to the upcoming posts, but to set the stage – here is what I mean by “Absolute Surrender” to Christ. PLEASE DON’T BAIL OUT TOO EARLY. This stuff can make us a little “queasy.” Just hang on. There is much more to come.

ABSOLUTE SURRENDER (Author Unknown)

I totally surrender to God:
* My spirit
* My will
* My mind
* My emotions
* My body
* My circumstances
* My plans for the future
* My family
* My dreams and hopes
* My past successes and failures
* My habits
* My problems
* My relationships
* My finances
I give up the following rights:
* The right to pleasant circumstances.
* The right to be accepted.
* The right to be successful.
* The right to my possessions.
* The right to be rescued from my circumstances.
* The right to see results.
* The right to know the specific will of God.
* The right to understand my circumstances.
* The right to be proven right.
* The right to be loved.
* The right to have a mate or children.
* The right to be used by God the way I want to be.
* The right to live in the place I choose.
* The right to the job I want.

I give God permission to do anything He wishes to me, with me, in me or through me that would glorify Him. I once claimed these rights as mine, but now they belong to God and are under His control. He can do with them anything He pleases.

I understand that five things are promised if I give my life to Jesus Christ on HIS terms:
* Affliction
* Persecution
* Tribulation
* Ridicule
* Eternal Life

For the believer in Christ, Galatians 2:20 even goes so far as to say: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
What? You gotta be kidding me……… Nope.