In the world, surrendering signals defeat. Giving in. Giving up. Stopping the fight. Losing to the enemy.
But as a follower of Christ, surrendering means victory. Because I’m not surrendering to the enemy; I’m surrendering to my Savior.
I still give in and give up. I stop fighting. And, oh, what I lose! Worry. Fear. Greed. Pride. Impatience. Selfishness. Guilt. Shame.
I want to lose those things, don’t you?
Surrendering with Confidence
When I surrender to Christ, I lose all the things that keep me from running my race with perseverance. Everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (Hebrews 12:1-3).
2 Timothy 1:5 (AMP)
I remember your sincere and unqualified faith [the surrendering of your entire self to God in Christ with confident trust in His power, wisdom, and goodness].
I can surrender my entire self to God with confident trust in His power, wisdom, and goodness.
Think about that for a minute. Who do you want to surrender to? The father of lies? Isn’t that why your mind is in a turmoil, your stomach is tied up in knots, and your heart is clenched?
Christ gave His life. Willingly. So I could be free from Satan’s power. He loves me unconditionally. All. The. Time.
Even when I’m selfish and greedy, filled with fear and worry.
He did the same for you.
Surrender those burdens. Tell Him what they are and how they’re tying me up in knots. Keeping me stuck in the mud and muck. Lost in the fog.
There’s no tricky formula. All we need to do is give voice to those worries in prayer to a loving God with confident trust in His power, wisdom, and goodness.
When I stop focusing on the problems, the worries, myself, and surrender them with thanksgiving to God, He gives me another gift. Peace. Peace so great it transcends all understanding. It doesn’t make sense.
Because often the problems don’t go away. The circumstances don’t change.
Surrendering brings Peace
So how can I have peace?
I trust God. I have confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness. I already know I can’t solve the problem. Lying awake, slamming a door, raising my voice, complaining to my husband, doesn’t untangle the knot of worry.
But God replaces the worry with peace. He guards my hearts and mind with peace that passes all understanding. If I truly surrender, when the worry and fear threaten to overwhelm, His Word fills my mind and heart instead.
That’s why I can surrender my every anxiety with thanksgiving. I’m thankful for God’s power, wisdom, and goodness. I trust Him to work all things together for good, even when I don’t see it right now.
His gift of peace allows me to stay on course. To run my race with perseverance. The prize is just ahead.