I woke up in the wee hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I decided to read the In Touch magazine. The introduction page, A word from, Dr. Stanley entitled Unconditional Surrender caught my attention and I just want to share it with you. It helped me have a better understanding what unconditional surrender meant on a deeper level. I hope it will have an impact and fuel someone’s passion or quest to have an intimate relationship with God.
What comes to mind when you hear the word surrender? Maybe you picture a nation acknowledging defeat after a war. In this case, surrender has a negative implication because it’s associated with losing. And that’s exactly how satan wants us to think about submission to the Lord.
But consider surrendering to Christ in a positive light. Since the Lord has our best interest at heart, He’s not going to cheat or deprive us. Instead of imagining all we could lose, let’s focus on what we could gain.
Unconditional surrender to Christ results in maximum usefulness. When we aren’t fully yielded to the Holy Spirit, we lack His direction and power. But as we walk by the Spirit, He works to accomplish God’s will. Also, we’ll experience God’s maximum blessing. Our relationship with Him will be characterized by a growing closeness as our minds and wills are aligned with His. John 15:7 tells us that if we abide in Christ, which requires submission, our prayers will be effective. That’s because we’re not asking selfishly but are seeking what God desires or has promised us in His word ( 1 John 5:14-15).
As you read through this month’s devotions, allow each entry to lead you into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Lord and to help you grow in your understanding of His matchless love and care. Only then will your deepest needs be met.
~Dr. Charles Stanley
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