Surrender to God (4)
January 14, 2019
“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…to God.” Ro 12:1 NIV
Paul writes, “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…pleasing to God.” During a Jewish sacrifice, an animal would be killed and then its body placed on the altar to be consumed by fire. So what happens if you put a live creature on the altar and say, “Stay there until you’re consumed,” then light the fire? The creature will jump off! But Paul encourages us to crawl back onto the altar, to surrender day by day, moment by moment. In the moment it feels like death, but it is really the only way to live. For example, suppose somebody does something that angers you. The situation is complicated, so you are not even sure of the right way to respond. Without even trying, your mind fills with all kinds of bad thoughts. In that moment you do not know what you should do. But God knows, and if you surrender to Him, He will show you how to respond with grace. The options that look attractive to you—avoiding, evading, gossiping, blasting—you relinquish to God. If your hurt runs deep, it will be about five minutes before the revenge fantasies start raging back. You will have to surrender all over again. But you can recognize those fantasies a little quicker now, and yield a little longer. As you learn to surrender to God in each given situation, you no longer have to surrender to your own impulses. You lose a life, but you gain a life—a life much better than the one you lost. In the end, it turns out that nothing you lost was really worth keeping anyway.
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account_circle Trudy Hicks
account_circle Ayibi Paul
This is just for me. When someone annoy me I always react my own way which is not pleasing to me. Now I know exactly what to do, turn it to Jesus. Wonderful! Am relieved!
account_circle Sarah Gumede
This is an important part of our salvation. Without surrender , one cannot be able to receive because the hands are full of rotten staff .
account_circle Melinda Jones
This really touched home. I have been dealing with issues of forgiving those that hurt me and I let thoughts that look attractive to me take over and consume my mind. I am learning to surrender it ALL to God.
account_circle Freddy and Doris Height
A great lesson today. We must surrender to God
account_circle Jylina Edwards
account_circle Ralph and Teresa Mabry