2 Corinthians 1 9…………………………we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
I am reading this morning in 2 Corinthians….. I must have read over this three times and I just kept coming back to this passage. I realized I am just running on my own juice. I try to turn everything over … at least I think I do, it is wearing me out. My wife asked me yesterday “how do we get more balance in our lives? You work all the time; I work all the time.. What do we do?” I had no answers. It made me sad on the inside. I went to church yesterday. The message did nothing for me. In fact I did not even want to be there. I could not shut my mind down and I hate that. That is how it is all of the time right now. I cannot shut my mind down long enough to hear God. I did hear Him yesterday though. I heard him through Marcus Brecheen. Marcus said “I surrender the things that I should be responsible for and take responsibility for the things I should surrender.”
That line right there really resonated in my spirit
From a previous post: Jeremiah 38:17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you surely surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, (or whatever is going on in your life right now)then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. Here is what I know for me. My life is so much calmer when I surrender.
Surrender is always a tough one for me, what is the worst thing that could happen if you surrender? Here is what François Fenelon the Archbishop of Cambria said in the 17th century. He was the spiritual advisor to Louie the 14th. He said this in a letter to the King about surrender. There is more in the letter but this is the main point. Let me tell you what real surrender is. It is simply resting in the love of the Lord, as a little baby rests in his mother arms. A perfect surrender must even be willing to quit surrendering, if that is what the Lord wants. We renounce ourselves, and yet, God never lets us know when it is complete. If we knew, it would no longer BE complete, for there is nothing that bolsters the ego quiet so much as knowing that it is fully surrendered. Surrender consist, not in doing great, heroic deeds about which self can brag, but simply in accepting whatever God sends, and not seeking to change it. Surrender is the source of true peace. I have noticed for myself that when I have completely surrendered. (At least when I think I have) I feel at peace. When I think I have surrendered something but I am restless about it and I don’t have peace, then I am still holding on to it. I don’t like that.
The more you look at what you are not; the less you become who you are!
So here is my question or questions for you. Ask Holy Spirit right now. Stop what you are doing and get quiet. Lord, please show me what I am trying to control or change instead of surrendering and giving it to you. Lord what am I trying to change in their life that is not my job to change?
Be blessed today.