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Topic: I SURRENDER ALL (to God) (donít write about the song) (05/07/15)
TITLE: TRULY YES
By Lisa Carter
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SUBMIT - Contrary to popular cultural belief, there is power in submission. It is only in yielding my will to the will of the Lord that I become strong where I am weak. That is because it is His strength that I rely on and not my own. This type of submission is not the dramatic kind we see played out in the media airwaves where there is the use of force, or shame. There is no victim here, but victors in Christ. To submit to God is to become victorious over every trial. As I learn to gradually give up the control, and only give it to Him, I gain increased faith and reliance on Him to see me through every circumstance.
RESIST - Only after I have said a complete and total "Yes" to the Father will I have the strength to say "No" to the enemy. Therefore, I need not waste my energy rebuking Satan on every hand, I simply tell the Lord "Yes!" to His will and His way, and my heart and actions follow. This is not as easy as I make it sound. It will require a discipline of saying "Yes" to God with each new day. I have to love Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, with everything I have in me, only then will I have power to refuse and resist whatever imitation of love Satan can offer.
Spirit-Control - Self-control is listed in the Bible as a fruit of the Spirit. It is necessary to govern my thoughts, actions, etc., even my finances. However, what I'm learning is that I'm really not good at managing my thoughts, actions, or finances, etc., without the help of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, what I need is not so much self-control as Spirit-control. For it is the Spirit that helps me have pure thoughts, right actions, and be the good steward I desire to be. We're told in our society to take charge, and be in control of our lives. This causes confusion and gives us mixed messages when it comes to spiritual things. With myself in control, I will fall short. That is a guarantee. As Pilot, I get off course, I get caught up in the storm, or crash land every time.
With God in control, I need not worry or fear the storms of life. Though the lightning may flash, and the thunder may roar, as I learn to trust in God, (and this is about trust big time), He flies me high above every storm. Yet, it's still so hard to let go. But why? Why do I struggle with letting Him have control when I know He won't crash the plane? When I know He not only knows the way but is The Way? Why is it hard to just trust Him, totally? This is my daily struggle.
It is not something I have attained but something I continue to examine again and again. I must hand over the reins and give God complete control of my life. He has it anyway, but I must waive my right to take it back. Only then can I really know peace and contentment. Only then will I walk in the liberty wherewith I am called, and finally be free. After I've truly said, "Yes" to my God, I will have total trust, complete confidence, and sweet surrender - in Him alone.
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