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Surrender, But Never Give Up!
by Rochelle Arnold
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Walking by faith requires us to deny our circumstances and what we see with our natural eye. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) The enemy will try to wear you down by throwing a multitude of negative situations your way.

In the last days the saints will become very worn out,because Satan knows his time is short. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9) NIV Often times when we feel like giving up, it's a sure sign that our breakthrough is right around the corner. God works behind the scenes to turn around what the enemy meant for evil and uses it for good. (Romans 8:28) At times it may appear that we are not making progress, but rest assured God is always working for us as we acknowledge Him in all our ways.

"In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:6) To acknowledge the Lord, we trust that He is real and He is truth. We also acknowledge Him by recognizing the authority He has over our lives. We should also acknowledge Him by showing Him appreciation and gratitude for giving us life. He gives us our next breath to simply survive. He is the breath of life! Faith pleases God and without it we cannot please him.

"But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out)." (Hebrews 11:6) Amplified To surrender is to yield (something) to the possession or power of another. We relinquish our will to the Lord. We must let go and release the Holy Spirit to take over our lives. We must be possessed by the Holy Spirit.

In my own life, I tend to be goal driven and detail oriented. I can also be pushy and impatient. The Lord is teaching me that surrender is not the same as giving up. When I surrender to Jesus, He can then work out all my circumstances for my good. I do not have to get in strife about my destiny, it will come naturally as I surrender to God.

"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning (to Me) and resting (in Me) you shall be saved; in quietness in (trusting) confidence shall be your strength. But you would not, And you said, No! We will speed (our own course) on horses! Therefore you will speed (in flight from your enemies)! You said, We will ride upon swift steeds (doing our own way)! Therefore will they who pursue you be swift, (so swift that) One thousand of you will flee at the threat of one of them; at the threat of five you will flee till you are left like a beacon or a flagpole on the top of a mountain, and like a signal on a hill.

And therefore the Lord (earnestly) waits (expecting, looking, and longing) to be gracious to you: and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who (earnestly) wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him (for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship)!O people who dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will weep no more."

"He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself anymore, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:15-21) Amplified When we start feeling confused, oppressed, harassed or really stressed out, we should step back from the situation and ask ourselves; are we really surrendering everything to the Lord? As soon as we begin to surrender our plans to the Lord, peace will return.

The Lord is faithful to speak to us and tell us which way to go. He is capable of keeping us on track. Resting in the Lord does not mean we sit around and do nothing. We simply wait for His instruction and direction, before we make our next move. I know I tend to run ahead of the Lord, striving to make things happen. He has been patient with me, but I find that when I do run ahead, I get myself into trouble. I am preaching to myself here. That is the beauty of the Word of God, as I teach it the Word renews my mind and transforms my life. Also, as we wait on the Lord he restores our strength. (Psalm 27:14)

He is the author and finisher of our faith. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:2-3)


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