My dear friend,
I wanted to write to you and let you know what God has been teaching me.
I’m also praying for you, as I don’t know all you are going through, but Jesus does.
Uncertain times can bring fear and doubt, but for those of us who know Jesus, it is a place of surrender.
Which is where we should live as believers.
In fact, surrender is a pleasure, because it frees us of thinking we are in charge or that we have to do or must be whatever.
With total surrender we get to wait upon the Lord in peace.
To walk forward in Him and not worry.
It’s what Paul said:
Philippians 4:11-14 NKJV — Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Paul had learned the practice of daily surrender and he knew there was nothing that he could not endure, because Christ was his Master and through him he could walk whether hungry or full.
Too often, especially in our culture, we think we “have to do…”.
Yet, it is only true if we were given the task by God.
Him and His Word is what we must obey and listen to, not our flesh, not our family, not our neighbors.
At least not any of those before we listen to God and His Word. (We should always check what we “heard” to make sure it aligns with scripture. God doesn’t contradict Himself.)
We must have a teachable spirit, because often God will guide and direct us through the voices of others, but that’s why our relationship with the Lord and studying His word must come first.
Only with a heart completely surrendered before God can we truly hear those around us.
Life was not given for us to live unto our selfish desires.
Nor to achieve our own made-up priorities.
Life was given as a gift, but we should give it back.
Sin has marred the heart so much that we can never find true life without first giving ourselves to God completely, without even a piece left out.
True surrender means Job:
Job 1:21 NKJV — And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
This is surrender.
Job understood all that had been trusted to his care was not his and could be removed at any time.
His life was not his position, family, experience, nor his stuff.
His life was God’s and he would praise him no matter the circumstances.
That is where true joy is.
In finding that one can truly praise God no matter what is occurring.
That I can trust Him no matter the obstacle or the emotion.
There is nothing to despair, because my Savior lives!
There’s nothing I need to prove to others, because my Savior lives!
What does man think of me? It doesn’t matter.
My Savior lives!
What blessed joy!
What grand design!
How great is our God!
May God bless and keep you my friend,
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your love! Thank You for salvation! How grateful I am to You for Your gift of friendship to me. I’m so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family who love me as they do. Lord, please lift up my friend and bring them to a place of rest and trust in You. Heal their heart of past hurts and restore them to faith in You. Lord, let them see themselves and others as You do. Let them walk with understanding and truth. Lord, please open the scriptures to them, that they might find the Way. Let their hearts find peace in surrender. Let them put all their trust in You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.