At two am on a Sunday, the police responded to a 911 call in a beautiful suburban subdivision where a man was holding four persons hostage at gunpoint. A male child of 7 years old managed to escape and alert their neighbor who phoned for help. Police and S.W.A.T. surrounded the home and after a four hour standoff, the situation ended with a negotiation, convincing the suspect to surrender. The man was instructed to come out with his hands up, he fell to his knees, was handcuffed, and taken to jail.
The family was shaken up but unharmed.
We can use this story as a lesson on surrender. When we turn ourselves over to God and surrender totally to him, amazing things happen in our hearts and lives. Amazing and powerful revelations are gifted to us by our Creator. We recognize and realize we can’t do life on our own and we choose to stop struggling so hard to make things happen. When we learn to trust God, we will enter into his perfect peace and trust he is taking care of everything.
We can also surrender to God through worship. We worship God by putting him first in our lives, submitting ourselves to him by living out his will and walking in love. We can worship by singing and adoring him for who he is and what he has done for us through the blood of Jesus. Worshiping God is a “lifestyle”.
Surrender and submission to God can leave us feeling vulnerable, but the rewards are phenomenal. We need to drop our own weapons which separate us from God. Some of our weapons include pride, selfishness, anger, lust and all sin.
God does not promise an easy and problem free life. In fact, the bible says we WILL have trouble. "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) What God does promise is he will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be our strength in our weakness, the peace in our storm and he will work all things out for our good. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28)
Surrender, Submission and Obedience are what God desires from us. It’s time to come out with our hands up and get on our knees.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:6-7)
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