The Secret of Surrender

By   •   August 27   •   Topics: ,

We have heard the modern expression, “Don’t fight it-it’s bigger than both of us.” Those who are meek do not fight back at life. They learn the secret of surrender, or yielding to God. He then fights for us! Instead of filling your mind with resentments, abusing your body by sinful diversion, and damaging your soul by willfulness, humbly give all over to God. Your conflicts will disappear and your inner tensions will vanish into thin air. Then your life will begin to count for something. You will have the feeling of belonging to life. Boredom will melt away, and you will become vibrant with hope and expectation. Because you are meekly yielded, you will begin to “inherit the earth” of good things, which God holds in store for all who trust Him with their all.

Prayer for the day

Let me yield to You this day, Father, all my innermost thoughts. I cannot hide from You.

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  1. Rozilla says:

    I find it hard to trust God, which is bad as he has done so much for me. How do you trust, what’s the method. Every time I try, something bad happens. I know it’s not because of him. That’s caused me to be scared to trust God.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Rozilla,

      Stress and worry come when we don’t trust the Lord fully to handle a situation. We are troubled by thoughts of real or anticipated problems when we rely on our own strength and don’t give our cares to God. So how can you do that?

      First, replace worry with prayer. Thank God in the midst of your problems, and ask Him to take control of your problems. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Praising God reminds us that He is holy and in control. It can help the worry disappear and shows that we trust Him with our problems.

      Second, identify the cause of your stress so you can address the root problem. Are you fearful about your job? Worried about your family? Do you feel guilty?

      Feelings of guilt might indicate wrong behavior that needs to be corrected. Ask God’s forgiveness for any wrongdoing and, if possible, reconcile with people you might have hurt or feel bitterness toward. (Click here for more on forgiveness: http://bit.ly/FBnoteForgiveness.)

      Third, get involved in a Bible-teaching church. Worshiping and learning with others can help you grow in your faith and focus on God instead of your worries. (For more on what to look for in a church and the benefits of church, click here: http://bit.ly/BenefitsOfChurch.)

      Fourth, begin a daily Bible study or devotional. This can also help you focus on God and on practical ways to live for Him.

      The Bible doesn’t tell us not to worry so that we can act irresponsibly. It tells us not to worry because God wants us to rely on Him. Deuteronomy 33:25 says, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” In other words, God’s grace is sufficient to meet the challenges of each day. We might not see a way out, yet “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

      Here are 5 verses you can memorize and bring to mind when you’re stressed, fearful or worried:

      – “We can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

      – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

      – “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

      – “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).

      – “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34).

      Additional resources
      – For questions and answers about worry, click here: http://bit.ly/QuestionsAboutWorry.

      – For a short Bible study on trusting God, click here: http://bit.ly/TrustHimCompletely.