Have We Surrendered To God Or Are We Trusting In Ourselves?

I see more and more people bringing their philosophy class, corporate business success models, personality-type assessments, etc. into their walk with God such as enneagrams and self-motivation tactics to try to build themselves up in their Christian life. This is such a dangerous thing to do because in doing this we are looking within ourselves for wisdom and strength instead of to God.

God’s Word says in Isaiah 55 that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Jesus says if we want to follow Him we must daily deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. He is calling us to give ourselves up, our ways, our thoughts, our desires, and totally surrender to Him as Lord.

For instance, the enneagram model says the beginning of wisdom is self-knowledge. God says in His Word that the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, meaning a respect and reverence and submission to His Lordship as God over all creation who will one day judge every thought and deed whether good or bad. God, who will one day pour out His full wrath upon sin and anyone not found covered in Christ by faith will be judged in their sins.

James 4:10 tells us “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

True strength is not found in ourselves but His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Surrender to the Lord is the acknowledgement that without Him we can do nothing, but that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It is the realization that we are imperfect and we have sinned against God who is Holy and perfect in every way and we need to be forgiven and made right with Him again by faith in Jesus Christ.

His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. He will give us clear direction, strength, courage, wisdom, patience and joy as we follow Him and abide in Him. When the God of all creation is driving your life, you have nothing to fear.

The self-help and motivational systems of the world tell us to have faith in ourselves. But can you say you know what tomorrow will bring? Can you know what will happen in the next five minutes or on your way home from work? A phone call, an email, a text or a test result can rock your world and shake the foundations of everything you think you know. How can we have faith in ourselves when we walk through life making educated guesses and plans based on limited knowledge and half the time our answers to things are “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure.” Our faith and trust can’t be in ourselves because we really have no control over our circumstances. This pandemic and it’s effects on society are a huge proof of that. Things can change in an instant and when things fall apart, faith in ourselves flies out the window.

Our faith must be completely rooted and grounded in the eternal and omniscient God of all creation who declares in His Word that He loves us and He has reached out to save us from ourselves and reconcile us to Him in order that we might have new and eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways and everything you do, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

Jesus tells us that He is the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him.

The way to be reconciled to God is through Jesus Christ by faith because Jesus paid the price for our sins against God on the cross. The Bible says that sin is so serious that it requires the shedding of blood to be dealt with. Jesus, fully God and fully man, shed His blood for us and put sin to death on the cross. Then He rose from the dead and is our risen and living Lord forevermore.

We acknowledge we have sinned against God. Everyone has, there are no exceptions. We must repent, meaning we turn from our sins and ourselves, and turn to God.

We must believe that Jesus is Lord and God and that He died on the cross and rose from the dead.

We must confess Jesus as Lord over all and surrender to His Lordship.

Romans 10:9-10,13 CSB

[9] If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. [13] For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. Surrender to Him as Lord and give Him your life. He will begin a work within you and He promises to finish it. He will mould and shape you into the person He wants you to be by working in and through you with love, compassion and purpose.

He has plans for you. Don’t settle for what you think you want. What God has planned for you is infinitely more amazing and truly fulfilling than anything you can dream up for yourself. Let Him dream for you and see what He does.

It’s not always easy. He will bring you though some difficult times as He leads you to give up your desires and learn to trust in Him. But I promise you, it’s more than well worth it and He promises to be with you through it, always.

He loves you and you can trust Him.

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