Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ involves letting go of your life long dreams and the future you have pictured for yourself, and opening your heart and mind to receive what is best and far beyond all you envisioned your life to be. 

Maybe the journey to get there will cloud your view, knowing full well that the storms will come. The long road in the desert may seem to be the driest place you've ever experienced, and the end to this season of my life is no where in sight, but the promise of a hope and a future with a God who finishes each and everything He starts is lying just ahead of you.

Don't for a second think that those dreams and desires of your heart were just a random thought you had. They were instilled within your being by the Creator of the universe and He wants nothing more than to bring each and every one of those dreams and desires to completion.

You see, joy is found not in the circumstances surrounding the journey, or simply in the happy times along the way, but instead is truest in the darkest nights...There is a gentle hand that is faithful to lead and guide, never wavering based on emotion, but consistently pursuing, loving, and giving grace. Not all at one time, but just enough for each day.

But this isn't how we normally function is it? Day by day. Moment by moment. Giving up control. Waiting. 
Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ means daily giving up all you had planned and opening your agenda to His plans. Being willing to wait on His timing.
Trusting even when you don't know where He will lead you next.

The beauty of surrender isn't a quick fix, or a guarantee that life won't get hard. It doesn't give life long answers to your unfinished agenda. Patience and waiting on the Lord may become harder than you ever imagined. Maybe your  prayers become less about words and more about silence because you have nothing left in your weary heart to say. Words don't do your feelings justice.
But at the end of the day, the internal struggle, the relentless questions on your heart and mind are a battle that is ended when surrender takes place. The fight is over. 

Peace displaces worry.
 No matter the situation.

His grace becomes enough to keep you walking each day even in the midst of the darkest hour of your life. 
It's the strength that comes when you have nothing left. 
It's the power of redemption for all the things that are shattered and broken. 
It's healing power for those who are broken, with a Father who delights in the journey to wholeness. 
The power of His love captivates and pursues hearts, filling every void. No human love or earthly thing can even compare to His love.

A simple question is being asked.

 Why settle for good when the best is being offered?

Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ goes against everything about our human nature but offers us the ability to experience fulfillment and contentment in the deepest part of our being. It brings peace into the most troubled entities of our lives. It creates beauty in things that are broken and scarred. Freedom is ours. Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ changes our perspective of the way we see the world and ourselves. It finds joy and the fullness of God no matter our circumstances. 

It's a risk to let go. It's a challenge to leave control there and to not pick it back up.
It's a chance to willingly receive only God's best.

 but you must first be willing to let go. 

Are you? 

"I have come so that you may have life, and have it to the fullest."
John 10:10

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