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June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

"Wave Your White Flag!"

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.”  Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 ESV

So what does surrendering to God mean?  Simply put, it means trusting the future to God.  Some of us think we can plan and plot out the future.  We’re just deluding ourselves.  

So then, the real question becomes, what area of your life is not surrendered to God?  Not surrendering means you know what God wants but you choose not to do it.  When God gives us a clear command He expects us to be obedient.  That’s what His children do.  When we don’t surrender our desires to Him, we are being disobedient children.  

You see, the problem is, when we don’t surrender an area to God, like our possessions, our sexuality, our finances, or our relationships, we get anxious about it.  We feel stressed.  We know we’re being disobedient but we don’t want to give it up.  

For some of us that area is a secret.  We don’t want other people to know about it, so we try to hide it from them.  Sometimes the person we’re hiding it from is our spouse or our kids or our mom and dad.  

Sometimes that’s what keeps us from being involved at church.  We haven’t surrendered it all to God.  Surrender is just holding up a white flag and saying, “God, the war is off.  I’m not going to fight you anymore.  I want serenity not stress.”

If you’re tired of being stressed out and feeling like you’re at war with God here’s the simple solution:  surrender.  Wave your white flag.  Surrender is the ultimate expression of faith.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don