Sep 17, 2012
Years ago I wanted to live out in the country — wide open spaces, breathing room, no smog.
But God was calling me to the city.
So if I was going to obey, I needed to surrender to God.
But what does that mean? And how do you do it?
What it means to surrender to God
I find it helpful to explain it in terms of faith.
I wanted to live out in the country — which meant that to some extent I was trusting country-living to satisfy me.
But I needed to surrender that to God — which meant I needed to turn from trusting country-living to satisfy me — and instead trust Jesus Christ alone to fully satisfy me.
But that’s not as easy as it sounds.
So — how do we surrender to God?
Here’s what I have found helpful —
Search your heart to discover any areas you are not surrendering to God.
Here’s how I can tell that’s happening —
- I’m desiring something more than Jesus Christ
- I’m bothered about something God has not yet given me
- There’s part of my life I’m not willing to pray about
- There’s something I’m fearful about losing or not getting
For me — it was living in the country.
Fight to trust that Jesus Christ alone will fully and lastingly satisfy you.
Not that Jesus AND country-living will fully satisfy me.
Just — Jesus Christ.
That’s what He promises — in verses like Psalm 16:11; Psalm 73:25-26; John 4:13-14; John 6:35; John 7:37-39; and Philippians 3:8.
So I prayed over that promise until the Holy Spirit changed my heart — and strengthened my faith so I trusted and experienced Jesus Christ fully satisfying me.
And when I experienced this, my desire for country-living died away.
And because that desire died away — I could surrender that gladly to Jesus Christ.
What do you need to surrender to Jesus Christ?
To help — pray over the above Scriptures.
Then — use this worship video to help you pray and worship and surrender.
And — let me know what God does in your heart —
How did this impact you?
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- 6 Reasons Heart-Satisfaction Is Crucial
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