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March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

"Instead of Trying Harder, Trust More"

“Surrender yourself to the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”  Psalm 37: 7a GW

Surrendering your life means:

- Following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you

- Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come

- Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide

- Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances

How do you know when you’ve surrendered to God?  You know it when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda or control the situation.  The folks in AA have a slogan, “Let go and let God.”

You also know you’ve surrendered when you don’t react to criticism and rush to defend yourself.  A surrendered heart shows up best in relationships.  You are not self-serving, you don’t edge others out and you don’t demand your rights.

You probably already know the most difficult part of our lives to surrender to God, it’s our money.  Even as I say that, I see the problem.  We think it’s our money.  We want to live for God but also want to live comfortably and retire someday.

Retirement is not the goal of a surrendered life because it competes with God for the primary attention of our lives.  Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money.”  He also reminds us that, “Wherever your treasure is, your heart will be there also.”

If you want to understand surrendering read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Hear these words with care, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”

When you begin to see that everything that happens in your life is part of God’s working in you to help you become the person He wants you to be.  When you surrender to that plan, your life will change.  You will become mature in faith.

Don’t confuse this with being easy.  It’s not.  It’s not something you can do on your own.  Only with God’s help can you truly surrender but He will provide that help if you ask Him.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don