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Surrender = Our Strength

posted by katiemoon May 6, 2017 0 comments

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all

These lyrics by the incomparable Hillsong United are running through my mind this mornin. Today we’re going to talk about what it means to surrender to Jesus.

In a battle, when one army is stronger than another, the weaker side, once it realizes it’s being defeated, might wave a white flag to signal it surrenders to the stronger side. This is a tradition that reaches back hundreds of years.

AN UNSEEN BATTLE

The Bible tells of a battle that human beings are engaged in perpetually on the earth. This is why in Ephesians 6:10-24 the Apostle Paul urges us to put on the “armor of God”. Armor is only needed in times of battle. And we are in battle.

Let me offer several other Bible verses that offer significant and true evidence that we are in a battle that is unseen to the eyes but certainly felt within the heart of man. Read the following verses and seek to discern the language of evident battle within them.

Matthew 12:30:  “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 

Galatians 5:17: For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 

Romans 8:7:  …because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so…

FLESH VS. THE SPIRIT

In these verses the apparent conflict felt in the heart of man but unseen to the eyes of man is the conflict between the flesh of man and the Spirit of God. 

You and I need to know we were born into enemy-held vessels. These vessels the enemy gained control over in the Garden. And, even against our will, he uses these bodies, this flesh, to war against God. But as already mentioned, this is an unseen battle, which takes place in an unseen realm. Again, it is very much felt in the heart of man. This is because it’s over the heart of man. 

See, God loves us so much. God longs for our heart. He longs to care for us, protect us, join Himself to us in the inward man, fight for us, defend us, befriend us, love us. 

On the flip side, the enemy—the devil of old—that lies to the bodies in which we were born, doesn’t want God to have us. He fights to keep us in his army, fighting against the good High King who would only ever love us. He’s jealous of us. His only intention continually is to destroy us. And the devil will use whatever tactic necessary to keep us from our true protection and strength.

We often think of destruction as the violent tearing down of something. Yet there are other ways to destroy that do not readily appear violent, but honestly are. The enemy’s main tactic to destroy us is to lie to us. He convinces us we’re only safe when we protect ourselves. He convinces us that we can self-protect, that our flesh (the vehicle he masters) is our strength to do so.

PROTECT VS. SURRENDER

The truth is, all our self-protection (pride) is killing us. Our enemy knows it and loves it. Yet there is One who would hold us, cover us, love us, fight for us, if we’d only let Him. But we intrinsically fight against Him.

And so we come back to the concept I began with: surrender. The truth is, we’re either united in battle with the good, high King who will Himself fight for us, or we’re against Him. We either walk in the flesh originated in Adam, subject to the devil, in opposition to God, or we walk according to the Spirit of God, abiding in Jesus, subject to the good, high King.

BUT HOW?

You may be asking, “But how do I receive the Holy Spirit? Do we all have Him in us? How do I walk by Him?”

Ephesians 1:13 says, ” In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise”. This verse tells us that the very moment a person hears the gospel and believes it—that Jesus the Christ died on our behalf to bring sinful flesh to death, was buried, annulling the curse of slavery on mankind, and was raised again, filled with the glory of God to give us the eternal life of God (see 1 Cor. 15:1-4)—the Spirit comes to dwell within the heart of man. Every person who has believed the gospel of Jesus Christ has the Spirit of God within them!

But how do we walk by the Spirit of God? Colossians 2:6 says, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…” When we heard the gospel the first time, and believed, we received the Holy Spirit who inwardly baptized us into Jesus Christ and all He did on our behalf. Romans 6:3-4 tells us:

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 

This is the gospel we first believed, and which we now must walk by faith in. We walk in newness of life by continually receiving as truth that our old flesh is dead, curse annulled, and Jesus is our new life. We walk believing that we are now in Him, that He now fills us, communicates the truth to us, loves us, empowers us, and fights for us.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Rom. 8:37)

THE BATTLE HAS ALREADY BEEN WON

We already know who has won (at the cross) and will win (at the end of this age) the battle. In fact, He is presently seated high above our enemy, signaling His victorious position (Eph. 1:20-23). Because of this, we can be certain that when we walk by faith that we’re in Him and He’s in us, He’ll always defeat our enemy! He’ll always be victorious for us! Friends, we have nothing to defend and everything to gain in Christ. Let us never settle for the weakness of the flesh to fight for us, when we could trust our mighty Savior to be victorious for us. 

The enemy is so easy to believe isn’t he? But let’s be people who see through his tactics—his lies—and refuse to fall for them and by them. Let’s not be ignorant of his schemes.

so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Cor. 2:11)

Today as the battle in the heavenlies wages over and within you, I encourage you, lift your flag. The glorious flag that speaks you no longer want to fight for yourself and against the One who loves you and saves you. Lifting your flag entails denying yourself, your flesh. Lifting your flag means consciously willing to live apart from the vessel in which you were born. It means abandoning the flesh altogether. It involves allowing by faith the good always-victorious One to surround you, hold you, protect you against your very flesh, and fight for you. He always wins, so let Him win you. And win for you. 

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as [weapons] of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as [weapons] of righteousness to God. (Romans 6:12-13)

JESUS LOVES YOU

Today, trust how very much Jesus loves you. He came for you. He died for you. He lives for you. He loves you. No one could ever love you more! He will never let you down. He’ll never forsake you. He’ll always be faithful to you. He’ll always come to your aid. He’ll always be mighty on your behalf. He’ll always tell you the truth. He’ll always surround you with his tender love and care. 

Won’t you surrender to Him today?

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all

Find me here
Lord as you draw me near
Desperate for you
I’m desperate for you

I surrender

Drench my soul
As mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst
I hunger and thirst

With arms stretched wide
I know you hear my cry
speak to me now
speak to me now

I surrender
I surrender

I want to know you more
I want to know you more

….

Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have your way
Lord have your way in me

Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have your way
Lord have your way in me

© I Surrender. Hillsong United, 2016.

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