Saturday, August 24, 2013

Surrendering in the Small Things

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:4

Hello friend.  I pray you are doing well.  Today I want us to reflect on what it means to surrender to God in the small things.  Often we think about how we can surrender to God in big ways, radical ways, but today let’s think about how we can surrender to God in small things.  Every time we surrender to our Savior and LORD, whether we consider it big or small, He is pleased.  Examine your heart today dear friend and ask yourself these questions. Is God LORD of ALL in my life?  Do I truly desire to surrender everything I am and everything I do to my Savior and LORD?  What is it that compels us to surrender all things to God? 

If we are to become women who surrender to our Savior and LORD, we have to realize where it starts.  Our surrender starts with JESUS.  We must allow Jesus to truly be the LORD over ALL in our lives.  1 Peter 3:15 tells us – But in your hearts set apart Christ as LORD.  Lysa Terkeurst tells us in her book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, “Jesus must be Lord of ALL if He is our Lord at all.”  I encourage you to examine your heart to determine, if Jesus truly is the LORD of your life.

Are you willing to allow your life to be interrupted, to be used by God?  Do you truly desire to see God, hear God, and follow God?  We demonstrate our love for Christ in our obedience to Him.  John 8:31-32 – If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.  Allow your love for Christ to compel you today to choose obedience in the small things.  Christ will enable you to do what He is leading you to do. He alone provides the power and the strength we will need as we serve Him. Christ may be asking you today to offer someone a smile or a kind word.  A small offering of encouragement to someone may be a wonderful blessing that refreshes their soul.  We may never know this side of eternity how our small acts of obedience and surrender, minster to others. I believe when we cross over into eternity, we will get a glimpse of how our kind words or our smile offered someone hope and comfort.  I encourage you to notice the people around you and in acts of kindness toward them, provide them with a glimpse of eternal hope. 

Satan will do his best to keep us from choosing to be obedient to our Heavenly Father.  Satan will use physical, emotional, and psychological pleasures that fall outside the will of God to pull our hearts away from God.  God tells us in 1 Johns 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the father but from the world.  Do not allow Satan to convince you that what the world has to offer is better than what God has in store for you.  Choose not to chase after the world’s emptiness. 

We have no control over circumstances and events in our lives.  Nothing is certain.  As we journey through life, we can’t stop or control the circumstances and events we encounter.  We can make the decision to trust God’s plan and let our souls rest in Him.  Surrender it ALL to God, everything we are and everything we have.  Settle in your heart today, no matter what happens in this life, you will choose to love and trust your Savior and LORD. 

Dear Precious Heavenly Father, I bow before you today asking you to help us to surrender all we are and all we have to You.  Help us Lord to offer those we come in contact with each day, a glimpse of You.  Lord you are our strength.  Place in us a desire to remain in You.  Reveal to us when Satan is tempting us Father so we can turn to You for strength to resist his schemes.  In Jesus Precious Holy Name…AMEN…

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