After we surrender ourselves to the Lord, we are tested in our willingness to surrender other things that are dear to us. To surrender means to yield or give up one’s self, or give a possession into the hands of another. We can surrender all to the Lord as our trust in Him increases, from faith to faith.
God often leads us to surrender what can potentially have more power over us than it should. To have to give up harmful things is obvious. What is not, is doing so with the blessings He places in our hands: our mate, children, vocation, ministry, our home or promises we prayed for and received. When Abraham offered up Isaac the son He loved, in obedience to God, He walked in the faith that we are led to walk in many times in our lives: the faith that counts on God in all situations. Abraham counted on the power of God to raise Isaac. Not only did he know God could do it, he also had the faith that He would do it.
In our hearts we continue surrendering all things to God, and find we walk free from bondages at the same time. We leave in His hands what He places in ours, trusting He holds us in His. We can trust Him, always, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
We rest in Christ when we cease from our own works and trying to earn what can only be received by grace through faith. As we walk in Him, as we have received salvation, we also receive other blessings. In every situation we have to remember to let go and let God. We stop so God can start.
When we stop trying to convince our loved ones of the truth, God can start speaking to them. When we trust God with our family members and rest in His ability, He is able to step in and intervene. It’s when we finally stop trying to help God that we receive His help. It’s when we get out of His way that He is free to start what He had planned all along. It’s when we stop trying to figure everything out that truth becomes clear. When we are through with our own efforts, His power comes forth mightily.
We believe. We receive. We hear. We obey and we rest. He is the vine; we are the branches. We can hang in there, abide in Him and surrender all. Entering into rest becomes easier and easier as we keep reminding ourselves that it’s all about Him, not about us, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:10-11 “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
God helps us walk through every situation to attain transformation through the renewing of our minds; and to prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Knowing God’s will indicates closeness. It’s not known intellectually. It’s known by our spirits. In his letters Paul addresses doctrine before duty. A legalistic guilt trip is not from the message of Christ. The work is done; we are righteous in Christ so we can be close to the Lord and enjoy His blessings. As a result, we give ourselves to Him completely and are transformed by the revelation of who He is and who we are in Him. We are either conformers or transformers. We cannot try to fit in the world in order to get the world to hear The Word. We are transformed, going through a metamorphosis like a caterpillar to a butterfly, and as such demonstrate God’s will for the world—to the world.
It’s through the Word of God that our mind is renewed. It’s in our place of intimacy, loving God, that we soar like butterflies. During the transformation we are hidden in cocoons for protection. We start flying in certain areas and those around us know, “It is the Lord!” and they also want to fly. God’s will takes us from glory to glory!
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When Paul reminded Timothy to stir up the gift of God that was in him, he was giving Timothy the key to dealing with the spirit of fear that was keeping him from going forth in his calling. Fear was hindering the spirit of God from manifesting in all power. We must also stir up the gift of God, the Spirit of Christ, who is in us in order to be fearless and walk in the Spirit.
One of the many ways to stir up the gift is with our mouth. To stir up means to kindle up, inflame one’s mind, strength and zeal. We need to stay fired up for the Kingdom! The tongue is a little member that can spread a big fire quickly of blessing or cursing, of life or death. We shouldn’t bless God and curse men with the same mouth. As we surrender and submit our mouth to the Lord, we are able to tame our tongue so that it’s not full of poison. Our tongue can bring either direction or destruction.
Diligently stirring up the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have been granted by His grace–keeps the fire of God burning in our hearts. We bless our God and others with the words of our mouth; praise His holy name and confess Jesus is Lord! As we pray in the spirit, worship and witness, we stir up the gift of God that is in us, from glory to glory!
James 3:5-10 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
The Lord has hidden treasures, and He blesses us when we least expect it as we walk in obedience to Him, in whatever direction He gives us.
When Rebekah met Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, by the well where she came daily to draw water, she gave him and his camels water to drink–without knowing what effect this small act of kindness was going to have on her life. Eliezer was looking for a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. He was looking for the fruit of a godly character, someone who would give water, not only to him, but to his camels. When she obeyed what her heart was telling her to do, she unknowingly made the way for her to meet her future husband. She also didn’t know the camels were carrying the wealth of Abraham. As we obey the Lord, by and through love, the Spirit of God gives us unexpected treasures.
Great treasures are discovered while doing small things. A mate is met, a child is conceived, provisions are found… and so much more is hidden in our labor of love in the Lord. The Holy Spirit is preparing the Bride of Christ with an anointing for His calling. He is bringing forth precious and glorious treasures, from glory to glory!
Genesis 24:17-18 “And the servant ran to meet her and said, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.’ So she said, ‘Drink, my lord.’ Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.”