We, as human beings, have an inherent tendency to try and do things our way. You know as well as I do that we very much like being in control; we like planning for contingencies, and we like preparing for whatever it is that we so quickly forget isn’t guaranteed or promised in the first place. This prideful tendency of ours, poses quite the threat to our spiritual lives by staring our faith in the eyes and challenging, with indirect condescension, God’s promises.
There are countless instances in the bible where Faith is described as an absolutely imperative element in our spiritual lives: faith in prayer, faith in the midst of trials and tribulation, faith in His promises, and so forth. There are many ways in which we can go about displaying our faith to the Lord, but there is one exhibition of faith, which surpasses all in volume:
Absolute, whole hearted, and genuine surrender of one’s life and will to God the Father.
Submission is a wrestling match with our flesh, and our spirit’s fatigue is even more evident when we encounter trials and adversity- this is when surrendering one’s will is most necessary. It’s easy to say “Thy will be done” when the waters are calm, but to say it when the storm is raging? Easier said than done.
When we try and take matters into our own hands, we disappoint God greatly- not only is it an act of disobedience, but it tells God, our Father “You know what, I know you’re there, but I don’t trust you entirely to do good on my behalf. My faith is too weak for me to sit back and stay out of your way because how can I be certain that you’re going to do anything at all?” – to which, I firmly believe God would reply with something along the lines of “Was the cross not evidence enough for you? I have said that I am in control, and that I have loved you with an everlasting love- a love that sacrifices everything, even my own son, to have you in heaven with me someday- THAT alone should be more than enough to testify on behalf of my desire and WILLINGNESS to provide for you. You, of so little faith…”
When we fail to submit, and surrender everything to God, we are by default, calling him a liar.
when we succeed in submission, our faith is confirmed genuine and firm- like the seed that falls among good soil and takes root. (Matthew 13:8)
Submission says- “I know that you have promised me that you have great plans for me. I trust you. I have faith that you are there, and I KNOW in my heart you are going before me and fighting my battles. I know no word of yours will ever fail.” (Jer. 29:11, Deut. 20:4, Luke 1:24) Submission is a whole hearted acknowledgement that God is in control; it is an existence where one dwells with God in the child-like faith which grants access to his promises and blessings- he is a good, good Father.
The power we possess having been crucified with Christ, and being reborn in the Spirit is unsearchable. The ONLY thing that is required, to unlock all of these gifts, is faith. (Gal 2:20, Matthew 21:22)
Faith is all that is required to receive answered prayers. (Matthew 21:22)
Faith is all that is required to move mountains. (Mark 11:23)
Is all that is required to enter the kingdom. (John 3:15, and more)
So when you surrender your will to God, when you surrender everything that is you: the pride, the sin, the evil, the temptation- when you surrender it all, this is when God’s blessings begin to take full effect.
Because again, surrender is the greatest display of Faith.
Not only does full submission open the door for you to be filled with God’s abundant blessings and promises, but it also frees your spirit of the burden of fear, worry, anxiety, and other evil languages that the enemy speaks in attempt to steal your faith from you. There’s a reason you’re faith is under attack- it is the key to many blessings, and as I’ve mentioned above, it is the key to the Kingdom.
By grace, through faith.
Pray this prayer with me, slowly:
Dear heavenly Father,
I come to you in full humility, because I know that alone I am nothing, and that nothing good dwells in me. As I go about my day, I pray that Jesus perfect his work in me. I empty myself before you and I surrender everything to you, and I pray that you fill me with your abundant love and peace that is found in the moment you present before me, not in the future moments which only you have access to. I long to be nothing, so that you can be everything. I lift my requests up to you, and I still ask in boldness for the things that I believe I want because I know that you are a good father, who longs to give his children what they ask for. But as Christ said at Gethsemane, in the greatest act of surrender and submission there was “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what tho wilt”. Jesus, I am not perfect in my faith, and I fall short every day. But I know that your grace surrounds me, and though alone I cannot possess the faith strong enough to move a mountain, I have you, who is the author and perfecter of my faith dwelling within me. With you, I can do all things. Cure me of my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)
My heavenly Father, who is in heaven- I surrender.
I pray all of these things, and claim them in Jesus name,
God bless each and every one of you.
With great love and in Christ,