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March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

"Come to the End of Yourself"

“It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own.  Our qualification comes from God.”  2 Corinthians 3: 5 NLT

Most of us agree life’s a struggle.  What we don’t recognize is that most of our struggle is with God.  We want to be God and there’s no way we’re going to win that struggle.  Unfortunately, we keep trying anyway.

A.W. Tozer said, “The reason why many are so troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves.  We’re still trying to give orders and interfering with God’s work within us."

We aren’t God and we never will be.  We may accept that intellectually but not emotionally.  When we are faced with our own limitations we react with anger, irritation and resentment.

We want it all and we want it now.  Like that little child in the aisle of store, we’ll throw a temper tantrum seeking to get our own way.

You see we misunderstand surrendering.  We see it as passive resignation, using it more as an excuse for laziness.  God sees it much differently.  He’s not asking us to accept the status quo.

It may mean the exact opposite: sacrificing your life is resistance to evil and injustice in order to change what needs to be changed.  God often calls surrendered people to do battle on His behalf.  It’s not for cowards.

Surrender also doesn’t mean that you put your brain in neutral and give up thinking.  God gave you a brain; He wants you to use it.  Surrendering can enhance your uniqueness.

CS Lewis observed, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us.  He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be.  It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don