Fresh Hope – 30th October 2017

When God prompts us to surrender, it isn’t always what we feel like doing. We might even find ourselves ignoring His whisper to “lay it down”, and carry on despite a lack of peace. Yet the sense of freedom and release that comes when we give up what we know we should, and submit to the authority of God, is like no other.

In Romans 12:1 Paul appeals to us in saying, ‘…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship’. The words “living” and “sacrifice” don’t really go together – in fact they have almost opposite meanings. “Living” means, “to be alive” and the word “sacrifice” means to “give up” or “kill”. How can you be alive and killed at the same time?

When sacrificing an animal according to God’s law, a priest would kill the animal, cut it in pieces and place it on the alter. Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament, God made it clear that sacrifice and surrender from the heart was much more important (1 Samuel 15:22, Psalm 40:6, Amos 5:21-24).

God wants us to be fully alive, but fully surrendered. Living, but choosing to daily let go of those things we hold tight and put to death that which we know we should.

Don’t simply incorporate Jesus into your life, rather than fully submit. When you aren’t submitted you are open to influence of other things that want to distract your mind and heart, and rob your peace and inheritance.
Will God love us any less if we don’t surrender that thing we know we should? Of course He won’t love us less! But will we walk into all that God has for us if we surrender? Yes! Will we find peace in surrender? Yes!

Whatever heavy weight you are carrying, precious thing you are holding tight, or burden you keep pulling, find true peace and freedom in surrender.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Emma Montesi

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