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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Three Steps of Surrender

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” (CEV).

Bottom Line:
Surrender your heart and will to God, go to him and ask for forgiveness. Then you will be safe and secure, and filled with hope.

What this means to me:
I need to surrender my heart and will to God. I can turn to him in prayer and confess/give-up my sins, all of them. He will fill me with confidence and not shame. My troubles will flow away. The darkest situation will become bright. I’ll be safe and secure, filled with hope.

Job 11 reminds me that God knows those who are false, and he takes note of all their sins. An empty-headed person won't become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human  child.

Therefore, I should prepare my heart and lift up my hands to him in prayer. Get rid of my sins and leave all iniquity behind me. If I do, then my face will brighten with innocence. I will be strong and free of fear. I will forget my misery; it will be like water flowing away. My life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give me courage. I will be protected and will rest in safety, I will like down unafraid, and many will look to me for help. But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death.

I’m reminded this morning of 1 John 4:18 which says, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear” (NCV). So how can I learn to live in God’s love so that I can live free of fear?

I do it by daily surrendering my heart to God.

When I wake up every morning, before my feet hit the floor, I need to learn to say, “God, before I even start this day, I 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.

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).

In this I find three commands and eight promises that I can obtain from these verses. God says I do this, and then he’ll do that. Every promise has a premise.

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

Then, I will obtain eight benefits: I won’t be ashamed, I’ll be confident, I’ll be fearless, my troubles will be like water under the bridge, the dark night I’m going through is going to be brighter than noon, I’ll be able to sleep well because I’m safe and secure, I will be filled with hope, and I’ll be emptied of worry.

Let it remind me to do those three things — surrender my heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and confess my sins — so that God’s love will fill my life and cast out all my anxiety and fear.

As I reflect on this, I can see where my pride or refusal to believe I am wrong can get in the way of my full surrender. I need to consider what fears I have that I need God’s love to cast out. I need to take a step of faith and do what he asks. God won’t always show me the road map, he will guide me one step at a time. I just need to take the next step.

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