Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
“Sometimes you have to let go of the life you pictured, in order to have the life that God has planned.”
~ Pastor John Hagee
Surrender to God
It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. Victory lies in surrender. Who you surrender to makes all the difference. Too often, I swallow the lies of the enemy and resist God’s efforts to draw me close. I get it backwards.
Here’s the thing. You can’t completely surrender to someone you don’t trust. Trusting God is necessary to fully surrender to Him and to His will for your life. You must trust both His power and His goodness in order to surrender to whatever He asks of you.
Sometimes our pain continues to harass us because we hang on to it and refuse to surrender it to God. Don’t let the hurt fester. Identify it. Surrender it to God. Let him have it. He will take it. Cast your cares on Him. He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He wants to take them from you.
Here are some things we can surrender to God:
- Anything we know we shouldn’t be doing
- Our dreams, desires, and plans
- Our family
- Doubts, fears, worry, and anxiety that hold us back
- Our job
- Good things that aren’t His best for us right now
- Where we live
- Negative emotions like bitterness, forgiveness, and unrighteous anger
- Our own selfishness
- Our will
Resist the Devil
Just because we surrender to God doesn’t mean the devil will stop bullying us. We have to continue to actively resist him. The good news is that when we push back, he runs off (James 4:7)
A scene from the 1989 Steven Spielberg movie “Always” is my mental picture of how the enemy messes with us in our heads. The story is about an experienced and daring pilot, Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) who is killed in a crash and subsequently becomes an angel-like unseen mentor to an up-and-coming younger pilot, Ted (Brad Johnson).
At first, Pete resents his new job and doesn’t take it seriously. In one scene, Ted is checking himself out in the mirror and Pete mockingly says, “You look stupid.” At which point, Ted’s face falls revealing that he heard the remark at some deep inaudible level and not only that, but more tragically, he believed it. He accepted the unkind remark without questioning it and it then became a part of how he saw himself.
Beloved, we must not accept the lies our enemy whispers to us. We must not allow them to infiltrate our own thinking. We must resist the devil and listen instead to the voice of truth that belongs to our Heavenly Father who fashioned us, loves us, and walks with us.
Let your mind be renewed by Christ, not defeated by the devil.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Search Your Heart
What do I need to surrender?
Where do I need to push back against evil influences in my life?
Call to Action
- Make a list of areas you want to release to God. Mark across it in red pen, “Surrendered to the will of God.”
- Identify where the enemy might be whispering lies into your heart and mind. Replace the lies with God’s truth.
Seek His Face
Lord, I lay down my desires, plans, fears, hopes, dreams, expectations, and anxious thoughts. I give them to You to deal with. In exchange, please give me God-fidence to move forward with whatever You are wanting me to do. I ask for clear direction, confirmation of that direction, and peace. I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know what I want. I’m afraid my desires are just an impossible fantasy. Put YOUR desires in my heart. Let whatever I want that is not from You wither and die. Prune my desires. Cut off what shouldn’t be there. Cause what you desire to grow and bear much fruit. Lord, there is nothing I desire besides you and earth nothing I have but You. Not my will, but Yours be done.
In the name of Jesus who did Your will instead of His own to rescue me, Amen.
Find Strength in the Song
“I Lift My Life Up” by Unspoken
“Sovereign Over Us” by Michael W. Smith
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