4. Cultivate a Heart of Surrender.
“The heart God delights in,” wrote
Elizabeth George in Woman after God’s Own Heart
, “is a heart that is compliant, cooperative and responsive to Him and His commands, a heart that obeys.”
Compliant. Cooperative. Responsive. Those words sound like willing surrender to me.
Lysa TerKeurst wrote that God wants us to be ready and willing to obey Him with our whole heart, not half of our heart; and He will do what is necessary to remove any distractions to our obedience. He will refine us until we are surrendered and “radically obedient.”
“Obedience becomes radical when we say, ‘Yes, God, whatever You want… and we mean it,” TerKeurst said.
One of my sweetest times with the Lord involved the truth about surrender and obedience. At a True Woman
conference, Nancy DeMoss—now Nancy Wolgemuth—urged us to use the hankie in our conference tote bag and wave it high like a flag of surrender whenever God spoke to our hearts about obeying Him. That hankie was embroidered with the words, “Yes, Lord!”
I wept one night as God’s Spirit moved upon thousands of women at the same time, and those hankies waved wildly across the auditorium. My own hankie, wet with tears, was among them.
When we have a heart for God—a heart fully surrendered—we are more inclined to obey Him. This is clearly shown in the contrast between Saul and David in the Old Testament. The Lord said David
would be king because he had a heart after His own heart, a heart that would do all His will.
David’s heart, which was God-centered and dependent on the Lord, was in contrast to King Saul’s heart. The prophet Samuel scolded Saul
for self-will and pride, and noted Saul only obeyed to be seen by the people, not because his heart was right with God.
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