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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Confess and surrender...

(I'm linking up with On Your Heart Tuesdays)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (KJV)

Confess and surrender.  You say that like it’s easy? I've been working on surrender lately, and it’s a work in progress, through I’m trying.
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I've got confession, but surrender? We type A personalities get capacity confused with not needing to surrender everything...and that’s when the wheels come off. Here’s a confession (see, those are easy). I cannot tell the number of times I've told the Lord in prayer (or at least thought)..."I've got this, Lord, but there are other areas where I need you..." Was I serious?? Yes, I was. How many times have you heard, thought, or said, “God helps those who help themselves.” Where’d we get that stupid idea?

We didn’t get it from scripture.  Wikipedia makes clear that “the phrase originated in ancient Greece…is often mistaken for a Bible quote, but it appears nowhere in the Bible.” Initiative is not a willful or godless notion, but for those professing faith, a seriously confusing distraction. We’ve simply got to surrender. Simply?

I read recently that acknowledging Christ is the act of surrender. I don’t think so. There’s more. Pete Miller, writing in How To Surrender To God explains it like this “to surrender means the end of the fight, and there is no more argument. It is the solid realization that His way is a better way.” Solid realization; I like that. My humanity can relate to that, and that’s the problem, my humanity. We humans routinely struggle with admitting our powerlessness.  It gets in the way of our profession of faith, because if we can do it on our own, we should, right?

Surrender. The solid realization that just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Surrender. Admitting that while okay is, well, okay, good is better. Good is more desirable that okay. Surrender. Knowing that just letting go means now you can just hold on. Hold to His Hand, unchanging. Undeniable evidence that God is good.

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