Submit And Surrender

Submit and Surrender…

There are lots of articles written about these two words. I even came across some that are not “Christian” that are well written with great ideas about how to apply these two concepts.

I won’t be able to cover everything in one blog. I’m sure you have read articles about these two words before. I’m writing about them because it is something I am learning more about.

I forget how these words came into my mind. When I began to study them, I soon realized that there is a difference between the two, and sometimes we confuse them. Then, as I did a little more study, I read that the word surrender is ONLY used in the Old Testament. I found this interesting. I have reached out to my Hebrew speaking friends to find out their thoughts on these two words and to discover if Hebrew has two different words. I will process their thoughts this week and maybe another blog will come out of their teachings.

What I do know is, the concept of surrendering to God is accurate, but it isn’t clearly discussed in the Word. We are often told to “submit” to Him, but not to “surrender.” The concept is there, but the actual word is not.

In my opinion, the idea of “submitting” is to do something because one “has to.” As a woman I am told to “submit to my husband.” Everyone is told to “submit to the governing authorities.” Husbands are told to “submit to God.” These are instructions we are expected to do.

Jeremiah 10:23 Adonai, I know that the way of humans is not in their control, humans are not able to direct their steps as they walk.

I Peter 2:13-17 For the sake of the Lord, submit yourselves to every human authority — whether to the emperor as being supreme, 14 or to governors as being sent by him to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that your doing good should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Submit as people who are free, but not letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit as God’s slaves. 17 Be respectful to all — keep loving the brotherhood, fearing God and honoring the emperor.

The idea of “surrendering” is doing something because we WANT to. If we truly love God we will surrender to His thoughts and ideas and let Him lead and guide. It is easy to surrender when we know and believe that the person we are surrendering to has our best interest in mind. It is not as easy to surrender when we do not know how things will play out or what will happen.

Because we do not always know how God is going to “handle a situation” we can often find it difficult to truly surrender. To “lay our lives down” and let Him lead and guide it without saying anything is challenging. We still want to have our say. We still want to get our way.

We can say the same in a marriage relationship. When we know our partner has our best interest in mind we find it easy to “move together and make things happen.” When we question the motive, or mindset, of the other person everything becomes difficult.

Even when we think of surrendering in war, as difficult as it is, there comes a point when one realizes that to surrender might be the best option. Sometimes giving your life willingly can bring the best outcome.

I know this can be argued both ways. One could say that a person should never surrender when standing for Truth. So then, I guess one can say that sometimes to surrender means to “give your life.” Jesus surrendered to the Father’s will when He took our sins and nailed them with His life on the cross. In a war, to surrender might mean to “give your life.”

When it comes to life today, there are times we need to submit, and times to surrender. It is time for us to pray and seek HIS will on when and how to respond. Sometimes we just need to say, “this is what I’m asked to do, so I will do it.” Other times we might need to stand up and be willing to surrender our lives for HIS cause.

People have all sorts of thoughts and opinions about what is “right” and what is Truth. Knowing when to do what is not always easy when we only listen to the world. It could be quite confusing. All of this means it is just another reason to LISTEN to the Father and Spirit and let HIS WORDS guide. They will be the lamp to your feet and light to your path.

This week seek HIM on how HE wants you to respond. When a situation arises, ask if you should “submit” because you know you need to, or surrender completely and let HIM be in control even if it means “laying your life on the line.”

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Photo by Jackson Simmer on Unsplash

A Stumbling Man 

I rather be a stumbling man who is desperately in need of God’s grace and tender mercies every moment of everyday. 

A man who is beyond clingy to The Gospel of Christ and the person of Christ. 

A man who can not take a step without first kneeling and crying out from the depths of myself to Him for guidance and strength knowing apart from Him I can do nothing and I am nothing.

 
I rather be a poor man in your eyes than to be a successful Christian man to the worlds standards. Rather than a man who is deceived by his good works and his self righteousness. 

I rather be a man who spends countless hours in the word a still lacks wisdom and understanding. Rather than a man whose only knowledge and wisdom come from a watered down gospel from a church that is only interested in numbers and not teaching the love of the Father and the conformity to His beloved son Christ Jesus. 

I rather be a broke man that is abundant in hope and rich in love. A man who clothes his family in unwavering love and feeds them the true bread of The Gospel rather a man who clothes his family in expensive trends and false comforts of this world. 

I rather be a desperate man, a clingy man, and broke man that loves as He has loved and strives to conform to the very image of Christ Jesus our Lord and savior.

I rather be a Son that is madly in love with His Father and knows Him intimately rather than be a man that works his way to heaven and hears Jesus’ voice say “depart from me, I never knew you.”

                   ~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

Surrendered Moments 


Are you drowning in a massive “To-Do” list? 

Are you finding yourself tired and worn out with not enough hours in the day? 

Has your mind been wracked with fear and worry? 

God will give you the grace and strength you need for each moment surrendered unto Him. 

Stop fighting the currents and working against the tides. Surrender each moment of doubt, worry, fear, and control to God, and allow Him to carry you safely where He needs you to go.        

        Things are never forced with God.  

               ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 
I give the moments of my life over to You, Eternal One. Rescue me….~Psalm 31:15 The VOICE

Easy As That 


Years ago, a surgery that was considered common and routine, took a turn for the worst. I was experiencing a lot of pain and it wouldn’t go away. Within days, I was taken back to the hospital for an exploratory surgery. It was the only answer. 

At the time, I was a single mother trying to keep life, together, within my capabilities. And for anyone who can relate to this, or to the constant juggle of life’s responsibilities, you might be able to join me in a mutual understanding when I told myself, “You don’t have time to be sick.”
I was ordered to bedrest for an indefinite time. 

Easy as that right?….Um….No…Not for me…..

Deep down, I felt a strong sense of responsibility to take on the day to day activities and my pride assured me that I could take care of everything on my own. The enemy made sure doubt would be the icing on the cake. He told me, “You can’t afford not to work, who will pay your bills? No one will take care of your children like you do. What if something happens to one of them? Tiffany, you…know….you will be all alone and life will go on without you.”

An overwhelming and paralyzing fear crept in. It imprisoned my thoughts, actions, and reactions. 
Easy as that!….FEAR took over…

After the third trip back into the hospital, I was exhausted, frustrated and done. 
I broke. 
I looked up to God and I surrendered to all of who He is.
I repented for not giving my fears, worries, and life over to him. 

Why is it, that we discover, at the end of a difficult season, there may have been an easier way to have gone through it? I made some of my difficult situations harder than they had to be. 
Sometimes…even now….I still do. 

Thankfully, God is in everything. Even when I stand in the way, it doesn’t stop Him from being ALL. Even when I took over, He was still moving. 

Jesus said, 

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:30 NIV

God wants us to go through Him. He wants us to trust and have faith in the promises He has given so that we may have rest for our soul. If you are facing a trial today, may you find rest and comfort in Him. Be reminded that His burden is light. He wants to take your burden and replace it with His comfort.

Dear Jesus, 

Help me to see when I am full of pride, not considering the strength available in you. Continue to guide me, even when I try to get in your way. Thank you for having mercy and grace over my stubborn heart. Thank you for loving me when I fall short. I thank you for all of your protection and love. In Jesus name, Amen.

 ~Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

Small Surrenders 

  
There seems to be a common thread that weaves its way through a life full of satisfaction and contentment. I almost had to say the “S” word!! It often stirs up a negative connotation or expectation of hardship or annoyance. 

Surrender is the word. There I said it!!

I surrender!! 

How many times do we throw up our hands and say, “I give up!” or “I’m finished”?
Or sing, “Throw you hands up on the air and wave them like you just don’t care!”.

It’s possible that we go all through life not wanting to surrender our rights, our opinions and our actions to those around us. We would never be caught surrendering. It’s a sign of weakness in our world of survival. 

A simple definition of surrender means:

•to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you can’t win or succeed

•to give control or use of (something) to someone else

•to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you 

Intransitive verb

to give oneself up into the power of another 

I got to thinking about how many times I tried to control or fix a bad situation or circumstance all by myself. I would use my expertise, wisdom, opinions, research or just what I thought was best to solve a problem. Sometimes my problems were big problems…. like how to stop your daughter from having seizures and other times they were small like……getting your son to close his mouth when he chews his food!!

My point is I am slowly learning. It takes me a couple times around the mulberry bush to figure out that if I just let go and surrender the outcome. The end result usually ends up being much better then if I had kept my hand firmly gripped on the victim or the situation squeezing out anything that didn’t resemble my answer to the problem. 

If we practice surrendering all along the way to the power of God rather than our own power we might get where we want to go at a faster speed.

Or perhaps the end result might be even better then we could ever imagine. 

It’s a trust factor.

(to give oneself up into the power of another) 

Do we trust God that He is capable of handling all our problems?
Do we think He knows what is best?
Do we really believe He is who He says He is?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

That about covers everything in our lives!!
The End!!!

Wish it were that easy!! It starts small everyday and grows bigger in every way. It’s a process. 

Start today!!

Dear Lord, 

       I surrender or yield to your power and completely give up and forgo my opinion in exchange for your wisdom and understanding. 

Help me acknowledge who you are to me and accept it as truth as I let go and let YOU be who YOU say YOU are to me!!!

          White flag up in the air,

                Kelley Allison 

http://www.bowlofsplendor.com 
Dedicated to my friend Holly Darrah (who is still alive and actively cutting hair while juggling two kids under the age of two)Thanks Holly for reminding me of the importance of daily small surrenders today. 

The Secret Place 

  
It’s what happens in that secret place that puts everything where it belongs. The wounds you think may never heal, the apologies you’ve never been given, the damage that seems irreparable, the false accusations, the love that’s been lost, the confusion, the chaos…all of these things are put where they belong and no longer allowed to take hold when we meet Him in that place. 

 We need not be concerned by what man thinks but rather by being prostrate before the throne…in that secret place that no other man can touch.  

Thank you, Lord, for allowing me in Your presence and for tending to my every need.

                ~Stephanie Gable 

Radiant Diamonds 

  
Diamonds have so many facets to them. 
The spectrum of those facets and colors can be endless.

That is exactly how God’s love is for us, like radiant diamonds.

 I just love that visual.  

Today I started my day seeing only the black coal all around me and not the possibility of the diamonds. I awoke anxious, irritable, grouchy, sad, among a ton of other emotions.  

I soon felt like God spoke to my heart:


You want to start this day your way or Yahweh’s? 

I needed a reset! 

So I stopped, prayed, praised and read His promises. 
 Soon that dark thick layer of soot was gone and I could once again see His amazing love and feel His perfect peace shining brightly all through and around me.  

I no longer had angst over my husband’s drawers left in the floor. I was thankful I had a husband to leave drawers for me to pick up. I no longer despised the washer for overflowing water and praised God that I have a very petite daughter to climb on top to get in that small area to wipe it up.   
As I was praising and worshipping I could feel my Joy rising again. My hallelujah’s began to multiply. Why? 

Because 

I have surrendered to Your design……

Not my way but Yahweh’s!
~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Multiplied – Need To Breathe 

Lyrics

Your love is like radiant diamonds

Bursting inside us we cannot contain

Your love will surely come find us

Like blazing wild fires singing Your name
God of mercy sweet love of mine

I have surrendered to Your design

May this offering stretch across the skies

And these Halleluiahs be multiplied
Your love is like radiant diamonds

Bursting inside us we cannot contain

Your love will surely come find us

Like blazing wild fires singing Your name
God of mercy sweet love of mine

I have surrendered to Your design

May this offering stretch across the skies

And these Halleluiahs be multiplied
(Multiplied)

(Oh multiplied)
God of mercy sweet love of mine

I have surrendered to Your design

May this offering stretch across the skies

And these Halleluiahs be multiplied
These Halleluiahs be multiplied
(Your love is like radiant diamonds)

(Bursting inside us we cannot contain)

(Your love will surely come find us)

Like blazing wild fires singing Your name 

Peacemakers

  
Peacemakers

Promoting Peace

Building Up

Encouraging

Turning the other cheek…

70×7

War is 

In the Heart

Of man

Not God

His Plan is to

Succeed and Thrive

Humble Yourself

In the Sight of God

Don’t you Dare

Hide From Him

Surrender

Your Life

Then Peace

Will Dwell

And You

Shall

Rest

In Him

Stop.Fighting.God.

Come In

His Kingdom

Is Coming

Enter In

❤️ Krystal Lynne 
  

Jericho

  
You hide behind battle-ready walls

Rough surfaces immovable

Bristling with notched arrows and poisoned spears

You peer out from protective shadows

Guarded

Unreadable

But I see you watching

Glimpses of your wariness revealing your heart’s defense

A tender treasure shrouded behind your carefully indecipherable barriers

And an empty throne that is rightfully mine

You wait until your action is response

Your course determined by perceived climate

Your strategies so thoughtfully mapped

Executed with needless vigilance

I come with intent not to conquer

But to intertwine

I linger beyond the impassable ramparts

I stand at your sealed, locked gates

My hands are open

Raised in unarmed surrender

My feet feel the fine, quick tremors

Birthing possibility of earth quaking force

I carry the keys

I wait for the walls to come down

                      

                             ~Dana Smith