This week we will talk about admitting our limitations as a human. WE ARE HUMAN, NOT GOD! Its when we try to be like God is when we actually become like Satan. Pride is our second barrier to total surrender. We don't like to admit that we are just creatures and not in charge of everything. The desire to have complete control is the cause of so much stress in our lives. We need to get to the end of ourselves in order to make progress moving forward closer to surrendering.
When we are faced with our human limitations we react with irritation, anger, and resentment. We want to have it all and do it all and become upset when we don't. When we notice that God gave others things that we don't have, we become jealous and angry. My husband can relate all too well with that.
Surrendering to God is being passive or a reason for laziness. It is not accepting the status quo. It may mean the exact opposite - sacrificing your life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed. AMEN!!!!! God often calls surrendered people to do battle on his behalf........AND ANOTHER AMEN! Surrendering is not for cowards or doormats. Likewise, it does not mean giving up on rational thinking. God would not waste the mind He gave you - God does not want robots to serve Him. The more we let God take over our lives, the more truly ourselves become. He chisels away at us until we are the exact person He wants us to be. But we can't be that person for Him if we resist and fight Him.
Surrendering is best demonstrated in obedience. You say, "yes, Lord" to whatever He asks of you. To say, "no Lord" is to speak a contradiction. You can't call Jesus The Lord of your life when you refuse to obey Him. After a night of failed fishing, Simon modeled surrender when Jesus told him to try again. "Master, we have worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." Surrendered people obey God even if it doesn't make sense.
Boy that is good stuff, eh? Have a great week and see you next week for part 3.