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Monday, January 26, 2015

Learning to Surrender and Obtain the benefits

In review of Job 11:13-18 it says, “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.”

Bottom Line:
When you truly surrender yourself to Go, turning from your sins and going to him; you will no longer be ashamed but have confidence. Your troubles will seem to drift away like flowing water.  You will never be in the dark again, and you will rest security being filled with hope and less stress and worries.

What this means to me:
If I truly surrender myself to Go, turning from my sins and going to him, I will no longer be ashamed but have confidence. My troubles will seem to drift away like flowing water.  I will never be in the dark again. I will rest securely being filled with hope and I will have less stress and worries.

The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear” (NCV). So how do I learn to live in God’s love such that I can live free of fear? Each day, I need to surrender my heart to God.

When I wake up every morning, before my feet hit the floor, I need to say, “God, before I even start this day, I want to surrender my emotions to you. I want you to be Lord of my feelings. I want you to control my mind and my emotions. I surrender my heart to you. I want you to fill me with your love.”

Today's verse from Job 11:13-18 says, “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry” (CEV).

There are three commands and eight promises in those verses. God says you do this, and then he’ll do that. Every promise has a premise.

First, he gives the commands: Surrender your heart to God every day. Turn to him in prayer. And, give up and confess your sins to God.

Then, notice the benefits: You won’t be ashamed, you’ll be confident, you’ll be fearless, your troubles will be like water under the bridge, the dark night you’re going through is going to be brighter than noon, you’ll be able to sleep well because you are safe and secure, you will be filled with hope, and you’ll be emptied of worry.

Wow! Its hard not to want to have and experience those benefits. This is a good verse to have posted so that it can remind me to do those three things; surrender my heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and confess my sins. If I do God’s love will fill my life and cast out all of my anxieties and fears.

The thing I need to watch out for in my life is my pride. It can keep me from surrendering to God. I can get stubborn and not want to own up to my own wrongdoing or I can hold onto it feeling justified in my own entitlement. However, what I’m learning is that God wants me to take the first step. He never provides a full road map. I must take the first step and trust that he will respond. Based on my own experience he has never failed me in the past, so I have no fear that he would fail me in the future. I just need to remember that God always does what is best for me.

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