Living a Surrendered Life
I know me without Christ. I know my weakness and the anger that rages within me when I'm not close to Him. I know the fear and insecurities when I'm not drawing from His strength. I hear people all the time that say that we all have gifts we can use for the Lord...I don't have any outside of His anointing. I can't put a thought together to minister or write unless the Holy Spirit does it through me. So, when I say I've surrendered my life to Him... that's not a great sacrifice... it's actually the greatest blessing in my life.
As we surrender all that we are to Him, He exchanges it for all that He is. It's in no way a fair trade... our weakness and insecurity, for His strength and fulfillment. I don't get why people aren't willing to give up control and turn over the reigns. He's the one who created us, He knows everything about us and designed us for a specific purpose. Stop fighting it, a life outside of His will is a frightening and empty existence.
No, you don't get to read the contract and decide if it's something you think you'll enjoy. You give Him your eternal yes simply because you love and trust Him. Then before you even know your destiny, begin preparing for it by studying your Bible and spending time with Jesus. The closer you get, the more that will be revealed. The first part of your calling is just getting to know your Savior, then as you draw closer to Him and develop that relationship, the Holy Spirit will give you the wisdom to understand His secret plans for your life.
Surrender it all and begin preparing for your destiny! It's not based on your gifts or strengths, but on His calling and anointing! Don't limit God's ability by your own limitations! What He's calling you to do is so much bigger than you are!
Acts 26:14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (NLT) When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling.And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God, His plan that was previously hidden, even though He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.