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Surrender to God 5

'Not what I will, but what you will.' Mark 14:36 NIV

Surrender involves sacrifice. Jesus often identified the particular area where surrender was needed in a person's life. To the woman caught in adultery he said, 'Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more' (John 8:11 NKJV). Jesus didn't condemn her; instead he forgave her and encouraged her to surrender her old life controlled by her desires. He doesn't condemn us either; he encourages us to hand everything over to him.

Surrender often involves money, because money often centres around trust and control. To a rich businessman who wanted to follow him, Jesus said, 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven' (Mark 10:21 NIV). But the man was unwilling to do it. How willing are we to surrender everything to him? Surrender may involve telling someone about a grudge, habit or sin we have. God may prompt us to talk about something we struggle with or have failed at. This can make us feel uncomfortable. Will we surrender, when surrender means doing something uncomfortable? If it were comfortable, it wouldn't be surrender.

The greatest example of surrender was Jesus in Gethsemane, praying, 'Not my will, but yours be done' (Luke 22:42 NIV). It was the hardest prayer he ever prayed, and the one that launched him into his destiny. The prayer that brings God's power is often the prayer of surrender.

So what now? Ask God which area of your life you need to surrender to him. Then pray that his will would be done in that area.

Soulfood: Job 1-4, Matt 23:23-39, Ps 19, Pro 8:6-7

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