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August 14, 2007

“I Surrender!”

Gwen Smith



Today’s Truth

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do: say nothing evil or hurtful; snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.” (1 Peter 3:10-11) MSG


Friend to Friend

“I’m done with it! This battle just isn’t worth fighting! I’m tired. It’s hopeless.” As I listened to my girlfriend verbally bleed from her wounded heart, I silently lifted up a prayer and asked God for wisdom. Her pain was real. Her troubles were not imaginary. She was desperate. She wanted a way out. Out of the maze of disappointment and betrayal in which she was lost. Out of the strong undertow of angst that had swept away her hope. Out of the darkness that had covered her life and taken her captive.


No easy answers flooded my mind. I had no slick, three-point “sermonette” to offer her. I’m not a therapist. I don’t even play one on TV. I’m just a Christian girl who tries to be there for her friends. So, I didn’t feel wise or brilliant that day as I gently, but confidently said: “I think the only way to win this battle is to surrender.”


Not to the problem, but to the solution. Not to the conflict, but to the resolution. Both the solution and the resolution are found in the same nail scarred hands. In order to win in any earthly struggle or relationship battle, we must put away the weapons of our wounding words, and set aside the arsenal of our angry actions. Then with knees to the earth, we must raise a white flag in surrender…to the King.


What do we need to surrender? Our pride and expectations…our gripes and lamentations…our calculated manipulations…our righteous indignation…


In order to live victoriously and win the battles we face in life, we’ve just got to surrender our flesh to the Spirit.


“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, and be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing” (1 Peter 3: 8-9) MSG.


On the battlefield of war, when we raise the white flag of surrender, we lose. But, on the battlefield of life, when we surrender, we win – if, and only if we surrender to God and not to our circumstances. We cannot control the variables beyond our own responses, but God will surely bless the woman that walks in obedience to Him.


In a public address titled “Absolute Surrender,” Andrew Murray said: “God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him. The condition for obtaining God's full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.”


Are you ready to wave that white flag? Blessings await you, friend.


Let’s Pray

Lord, this is such a tough one! My life is complicated. It is very hard for me to relinquish control, yet I know that You are calling me to do just that. Help me surrender my life into Your hands. Please dissolve my resentment, anger, fears and frustrations. Help me to choose Your ways, so I can obtain the full blessings of absolute surrender.


In Jesus’ Name,



Now It’s Your Turn

Take a moment to thoughtfully consider what barriers exist in your heart that keeps you from being willing to surrender.


Pray that God would crush those barriers for His purposes.


Meditate on the lyric of this famous classic hymn as you lift your heart in surrendered worship:



Words by: J.W. Van Deventer and Music by: W.S. Weeden


All to Jesus, I surrender

All to Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live


I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


All to Jesus I surrender

Humbly at His feet I bow

Worldly pleasures all forsaken

Take me, Jesus, take me now


All to Jesus, I surrender

Make me, Savior, wholly Thine

Let me feel the Holy Spirit

Truly know that Thou art mine


All to Jesus, I surrender

Lord, I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Thy love and power

Let Thy blessing fall on me


All to Jesus I surrender

Now I feel the sacred flame

O the joy of full salvation!

Glory, glory, to His Name!


More from the Girlfriends

Girls, God can work miracles in any and every situation! No matter what you face, you can choose how you respond to your circumstances. The more I dive into His Word, the more I understand that God’s power is made strong through our weakness. Surrender your weakness to Him today and find God’s strength. Please email to let us know how we can pray for you.

Gwen’s CD, “Let It Rain” features songs that encourage listeners to surrender through the struggles of life. Order a copy today! Also…Accompaniment Track CDs are now available for all of Gwen’s original songs right from her website.



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