Most people, especially men, will not understand the strength which one can gain through surrendering their strength, rather their life for something greater than themselves.
In fact, a lot of men will find the idea of surrender as weak, which would be based on a worldly view of strength.
But let’s look at the strength we can gain from surrendering our strength, again, surrendering our lives to Jesus. To do this we will look at a small handful of the promised strength possibilities of God when we surrender our lives to Him.
1. Jesus tells us many truths and promises of our Heavenly Father through parables or stories, he often liked to point out how the pharisee were looking only at worldly strengths of wealth, power and position which they believed to make them “more holy” or righteous than others. Jesus finishes up telling the people how challenging it will be for a rich person to go to heaven compared to a camel going through the eye of a needle. (Matthew 19:23-24)
Jesus follows this with one of the many promises/truths of God. “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
All things are possible with God!!!
Again, a lot of people don’t truly believe this one. Let’s be honest, I have had my doubts also. However, until you stop trying to control every little detail in your life and give God the opportunity to answers prayers, do the impossible and more than we can ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20) only then will we see God’s strength directly in our lives.
And, let me clarify, this type of surrender is not a one and done surrender. It is a daily surrender, some days even a moment by moment surrender.
2. Ever wonder what it would be like to do all the things you want to do? There are a lot of fun things I would love to do but there always seems to be roadblocks. Time and money seem to be the biggest roadblocks not just for me but most others as well.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I am sure you have heard this verse or some variation at some point but what does it actually mean?
Just as it says, YOU can do ALL things through HIM (Jesus).
Now, let me take a quick moment to remind you of a few caveats to this promise. If what you are wanting to do is sin, then you aren't getting your strength through Jesus. It should go without saying but we are sinful and forgetful people.
-If you are looking for strength to talk to a woman so you can sleep with her out of wedlock.
-If you are looking to get money for selfish gain and power.
-If you are trying to use your strength (physical, mental or spiritual) to impress other humans.
If the above is you, and I can humbly admit that was me once, then you have lost focus on what Jesus wants for your life and how he wants you to live.
SO, back to doing all things through Jesus. Can it truly be done, all things through Him?
Chances are really high, almost guaranteed it won’t get down the way you imagine it happening or in the time you think it should happen but it can be done!
I want to see the world, to marvel at God’s creation. And I had a few opportunities to do in high school and college, then, out of college I got a job, had bills that seem to just keep adding up so the idea of travel was far from my mind.
Luckily, God knows me, as I started looking and praying for a godly woman to meet and spend my life with God through a cherry on top. The woman I got to marry was godly, beautiful, a great mother, likes to travel and… has relatives who live in different parts of the country.
I never imagined I would be able to travel seeing different aspects of God’s creation once I was married with kids but I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!
I realize travel may be easy for others and not important to others compared to getting through an illness or some other struggle but that is just one of many examples of God’s mercy, grace and love for us.
This could go on and on so I am going to end it here but there are many, and I mean a lot, of other ways God will use His strength through us and the people around us when we give Him the room to do so.
Lord, teach me surrender my life today and each day to you our God and your will, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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