We don’t give up, we give it up. We surrender to God as we give ourselves up into His powerful care. From that place of surrender, we are able to resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear but to faith; not to defeat but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit.
A woman was tempted to fall into adultery. It happened suddenly, without notice. One conversation with someone alone lead to a hug of comfort that escalated quickly to a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment she saw herself giving in. She was surrendering to a temptation that was planned to take her down into a pit of destruction. That very moment, in her spirit, she surrendered to God and was able to move away from that situation. We might surrender to the wrong thoughts, negative words, controlling spirits around us if we are not surrendered unto the Lord. We surrender by faith, moment by moment.
Giving up is not an option. We yield to the only power able to keep us victorious, the power of God. We lift up our hands, not as a gesture to give up to opposition, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
I remember reading about the story of a man who bought a painting at a flea market for eighteen dollars. It was a simple painting but the frame was of interest to him. After going back home, he proceeded to remove the canvas when a piece of paper tucked inside caught his eye. As he carefully extracted the document, he was amazed to find one of only four original copies of the Declaration of Independence, which he in turn sold for over four million dollars.
Our frame is what we are made of in the natural. In our lives, and the lives of others, we need to remove the frame to discover the wealth tucked inside. As we are loosed from bonds that are part of our natural frame, the freedom we have in Christ unfolds. Walking in truth and liberty is a discovery process. It’s like being on a treasure hunt. One revelation leads to another to take us to the riches we have in Christ.
When our frame does not appear valuable, we go to the Word of God. The hidden wealth in the Word of God unfolds as we dig deeper and deeper. A scripture appearing simple, often carries an unseen treasure of wisdom. Who we are and what we have in Christ is unwrapped as we go and grow from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
It’s easier to let people move in, than to have them move out. This is not just in the natural, but also as we are led to set a new boundary in a relationship. Meeting with others to let them know it’s time to go our separate ways can be challenging. The Lord helps us by divine intervention and the manifestation of His grace.
We might encounter opposition and it could be difficult to stand strong in what we are led to do when we are pressured to change our decision. This can be a challenging issue when it comes to family members. Because of familiarity, some may be taken for granted. At times, boundaries that have been set are not respected. Guilt is used to make us feel like we are responsible for the welfare of others; and the responsibility felt can be overwhelming.
Praying and trusting the Lord for everyone’s best interests is foremost in walking with the Lord through this kind of trial. Speaking the truth in love is important. When the truth is known, people are set free. Often resentment may come in when people are unaware of other people’s thoughts; usually because their thoughts have not been expressed clearly. When talking is not feasible, we should communicate in writing. Prayer avails much. God is able. We walk in truth, from glory to glory.
Ephesians 4:15 “… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—”