The word for 2011 was FAITH. I didn’t intentionally set out at the dawn of the new year thinking that I would pursue one common theme, but it happened. Every corner I rounded, I felt the Lord calling me to live a life of faith.
Faith that God is who He says He is.
Faith that God is our ultimate provider.
Faith that He is working His plan.
Faith that His plan truly is for my good.
Faith that my identity is found in Christ.
Faith that my identity is not in the approval of man.
By God’s grace, I discovered a big part of myself this last year. It was discovered by stepping out in FAITH.
However, as I contemplated a word for the year of 2012, the word SURRENDER surfaced time and time again. You see, toward the end of 2011, there were days that I just wanted to give up. I wanted someone else to take the reins. I was tired of being hurt. I was tired of praying. I was tired of fighting for joy.
It is true that every Christian will come to a point in their journey when they are over it and want to give it all up for good. The life of a Christian isn’t always easy. What’s more is that my burdens paled in comparison to the sufferings of others. This only added to the weight of my burdens – knowing how miniscule mine were comparatively.
When coming to this point – this point of defeat – I naturally want to give up, but yet, God is not calling me to give up. My All-Sufficient God is calling me to surrender when things don’t add up the way I want them to.
Submit yourself to God. Prejudice and pride are at the bottom of your disbelief. May the Spirit of God take away your enmity and make you yield to Him. You are a proud rebel, and that is why you do not believe your God. Give up your rebellion. Throw down your weapons. Yield to the Lord, and surrender to your King. – Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace, pg 83
To surrender is not the same thing as giving up. The heart orientation is different.
For me to give up means that I wish I could do it myself, but it’s just not possible. As a last resort, because I have nowhere else to turn, I give up. I’m not handing it off to anyone else to take over. I’m throwing my hands up in the air along with all my responsibilities and holding a raffle.
Giving up is a heart orientation – a despairing heart without hope.
To surrender, on the other hand, I wave the white flag and I willingly turn myself in.
A white flag signifies to all that an approaching negotiator is unarmed, with an intent to surrender or a desire to communicate. – Source
I know exactly who I am surrendering to. Surrender is willful, and though it is a last resort, it comes from a heart of humility – a heart that longs for peace.
Surrender is a heart orientation – a hope in God.
I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will thoroughly equip you for the journey. – Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
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