In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday September 29, 2005
1 KINGS 20:1-4
Giving absolute power over our life to another human being would be a scary proposition. But to accept the Lord's authority over us is fitting and right.
Unconditional surrender means:
• Yielding ourselves—including all we have and all we are—to the lordship of Christ. It is an identification with Him in which we decrease and He increases. We first experience surrender in our attitude and then live it out in obedient action.
• Placing no limit on what we are willing to do or become. This means we have: no restricted areas in our life where Jesus is not invited; nothing set aside for our own exclusive use; no place where we tell Him, "Hands off." We make ourselves totally available to His will—whenever, wherever, and however He chooses.
• Transferring ownership of our body, soul, and spirit to Christ. By doing so, we embrace as our own values the principles of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians -23), the hierarchy of the kingdom (Mark ), suffering for Christ's sake (1 Peter ), and dying to self. (Galatians 2:20)
One reason we tend to hold back is fear. What will God require of us? Another stumbling block is selfishness—we like having control over our own schedule and long-range plans. A third obstacle is pride. We know what the Lord wants us to do, but can't He see how that could hurt our reputation?
What keeps you from abandoning yourself to the Lord Jesus and crying, "Please take total control over my life?"
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