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 Sheila's Reflections

“Year Of Surrender”

January 2007

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new. 
II Corinthians 5:17

A brand new year has begun and all you have to do is turn on your television, listen to your radio, pick up a paper or magazine… to see, hear, or read the latest catch phrase… New Year – New You!  We are being encouraged to buy the latest and greatest exercise equipment, to join yet another health club, that promises to whip us into shape, and to purchase pre-made diet meals, that will boost our slow metabolism into overdrive. All of these things are good, in and of themselves! There is perfectly nothing wrong in doing what we can to get our outside bodies in shape for serving the Lord. Exercising and feeding ourselves nutritious meals are good things. But, unless an inside job is performed on our hearts and in our mindset, the outside job we work so hard to change, will end up being only a temporary fix. To make a lasting change that will influence for good our world, we must “surrender” to the Lord our rights to doing things our way. We must daily surrender our desires, our ambitions, our dreams, and our life goals to the will of our “Heavenly Father”!

It’s in surrendering or handing over the controls of our lives to the Lord, that enables Him to readjust our attitudes, our focus, our actions, and priorities. Our lives will be radically altered for the better, when we quit struggling to have it our way and finally give God access to our private inward selves.

Completely surrendering ourselves is no small matter. Why? Because we’ve grown accustomed to doing things our own way…to living out our own selfish agendas. But, if we are truly serious about becoming a “New Person” this year, we must relinquish our rebellious controlling ways and transfer our allegiance to the “Lord Jesus Christ”.

I’d like to challenge each of us in 2007, to be that rare individual who “fully surrenders” to following the will of God in every area of our lives…our schedules, relationships, jobs, expectations, spending habits, positions, appetites, health concerns, and any other area the Lord reveals to us. May we each embrace the truth that there is "no vacation” from living a surrendered life…that it’s a daily trip we all need to take and that the rewards are out of this world!

 

                                                 God bless you until our next visit, 

                                                                           Sheila

I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, the ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:1 & 2

 
2006, Search The Word Ministry