Give IT up!

Give IT up!

We don’t give up; we giveit up. As we give ourselves up to God’s care, we surrender all. From that place of surrender, we can 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 commit adultery, and it happened suddenly without her noticing. One conversation with someone escalated quickly into a hug, a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment, she saw herself giving in and surrendering to something that would ultimately destroy her. But in that same moment, she surrendered to God and could walk away from the situation. We might find ourselves in situations where we need to surrender to God moment by moment so that we don’t give into negative thoughts or succumb to outside influences.

Giving up is not an option. The only power able to keep us victorious is the power of God. We lift our hands, not in a gesture of defeat, 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.” 

Our Hiding Place

Our Hiding Place

A misunderstanding, an offense, harsh spoken words and suddenly someone’s anger rises to an unexpected level. A knife is grabbed and held high; a scream…then silence. The knife is thrown on the ground and the person runs, runs, runs until he cannot run any longer and he kneels down praying, “Lord what came over me? Please take this temper away! Help me Lord!”

It may not be to this extreme that anger, bitterness, envy, or any other works of the flesh manifest, but it is a battle that is all too familiar. When it does, we feel so unworthy. We find ourselves embarrassed over things we have said or done. Shame, guilt, and grief overwhelm our souls. In those times, our flesh tries to hide from God, but to no avail. It’s only in God that we can hide.

When we cry out to God, we find He is a very present help in trouble. We submit our weaknesses to Him and receive His strength. It’s supernatural and amazing how God touches and changes us. We are in Christ, our hiding place. There is comfort, protection, and deliverance. Instead of the flesh taking over, God takes over, from glory to glory!

Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”