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Surrender to God 4

'Offer your bodies as a living God.' Romans 12:1 NIV

Paul writes, 'Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice...pleasing to God' (Romans 12:1 NIV). During a Jewish sacrifice, an animal would be killed, then its body was placed on the altar. But Paul says that we should be a 'living sacrifice'. We have to choose to get on the altar and stay there. He's encouraging us to surrender to God day by day, moment by moment.

This surrender involves all areas of our lives: everything we think, say and do. For example, suppose somebody does something that makes us angry. Without even trying, our minds will probably fill with all kinds of bad thoughts, and we'll be more likely to react unhelpfully, perhaps with avoidance, gossiping or retaliation. But, if we surrender to him, he will show us how to respond with grace. When we surrender our response to God, we hand over our thoughts and feelings to him. Sometimes, because we were hurt, those thoughts may come back. This means we need to surrender all over again.

As we learn to surrender to God in each given situation, we will no longer be controlled by the thoughts and emotions that rise up. 'The psalmist said, 'Each morning I... lay my requests before you, praying earnestly' (Psalm 5:3 TLB). And that's exactly what we need to do. We need to offer every part of our lives, every day, to God - for him to use for his glory.

So what now? Each morning during the week ahead, spend some time offering up every part of your life to God.

Soulfood: 1 Thes 1-5, Matt 23:13-22, Ps 11, Pro 8:4-5

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