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How do I surrender everything to God?
Thank you for this great question. It is something that many people will think about too. Every day, we all, in some small way, fail to surrender everything to God. It may be one small thought, one small action or indeed a sinful one. These things can often make us feel apart from God.
The first thing to remember is that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Nothing can change this. If we believe that Jesus died and rose again to forgive us and give us new life, then nothing will change that.
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39) [emphasis added]
When we know that we are valued by God because of this faith then it helps us in our understanding to 1. know that Jesus chose us and died for us and 2. Jesus will never let us go.
This helps us to know that we now get to live for God. If we try and strive to become perfect to try and earn God's favour then we are not fully trusting in the work of Jesus and therefore God may leave us in this way until we realise that we cannot do it without him.
We must remind ourselves daily that we are forgiven and complete in Christ.
Then can we surrender our lives to God. This is a journey called sanctification. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-2).
Here Paul is describing the outcome of Romans chapters 1-11 where he describes how we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone. Again by faith we need to submit everything to God and ask daily for his help to guide us.
We start off at the cross, where we are made right, then daily we come back to the cross, where we are reminded of how we are made right before God.
I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me (Colossians 1:29). This verse also shows our responsibility to toil, even though it is God who has given us strength to do anything spiritual.
But we also have to accept the fact that we continue to stumble and fail in our submission to God. The way to deal with this is the same as when we first sought to be accepted before God through Jesus Christ, by turning to Him and repenting. In the first letter of John we read,
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. (1 John 1:5-10).
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