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March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

"Surrender Leads to Victory"

“We are not our own bosses to live or die as we ourselves might choose.  Living or dying we follow the Lord.  Either way we are His.”  Romans 14: 7 – 8 LB

When you think about surrendering you might think of it as being powerless or defeated.  The paradox of surrender is that it produces power and victory.  Stubborn temptations and overwhelming problems can be defeated by Christ when handed over to Him.

As Joshua stood looking at Jericho from across the river, I suspect he thought that it could never be defeated.  At least, He knew he was not capable of doing it.  But the Bible tells us he encountered God, fell in worship before Him and surrendered his plans.  That surrender led to a stunning victory at Jericho.

That’s an example for us.  There are lots more like it in the Bible.  Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you.  Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear surrendering to anything or anyone else.

The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”

But perhaps you’re wondering why should I surrender?

Because you belong to your Creator – God has a right to direct your life because He created it.  When you surrender you’re acknowledging God’s ownership of you; that you are one of His people.

Because Christ bought you with His sacrifice – the words of 2 Corinthians 15 (HCSC) remind us of this:  “And He died for all so that those who live shall no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.

When you surrender to Christ you fulfill the very purpose He died for, not just to save you from hell, but also to save you from self-centeredness!  Because we follow Jesus we no long live for ourselves but for our Savior.

At one time, we surrendered to all sorts of bad things.  In fact, Paul says in Romans we were slaves to impurity and wickedness for wicked purposes.  Now we’re slaves of Christ but our slavery is not bondage but something that frees us.  We have holy purposes.

Because God modeled it for you remember the words of John 3: 16:   “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”  That was God surrendering, surrendering His Son to mankind to do with Him as they pleased so that God might raise Him up as it pleased Him.

Our surrender is the only reasonable response to that kind of love.  You cannot love Christ without surrendering to Him.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don