Two words that keep resonating with me because this is a message that God has been impressing so soundly on my heart over the past few months.
Both words can sound offensive or frightening, depending on how they are interpreted or applied.
There have been so many misuses and abuses of the word “submit” that it can evoke a lot of unpleasant memories for some of us.
How amazing it has been for me to relearn the true meanings and proper usages of these words and to find within them, not a place of weakness, inferiority, insecurity, or failure. Instead, I have found these words (submit and surrender) to become synonymous for victory, strength, peace, protection, and guidance in my life.
In my Bible study book, Discerning the Voice of God, I read the following quotes:
“What hinders me from hearing [God speak to my heart] is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes, but I do not hear Him. The child attitude is always, ‘Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth‘.” — Oswald Chambers
Most of us spend more time emphasizing our bodies and souls than our spirits. We want to do what feels good, appeases our emotions, seems rational to our mind, and suits our will — with little thought to what the “control tower” is saying in us … How do we begin focusing on the control tower [His Spirit] within? We begin our day surrendering ourselves to Him and asking Him to heighten our spiritual senses to see and hear Him throughout the day … You can cooperate with Him through obedience and spending intimate time with Him.
…As you yield to and obey the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life, He conforms your soul to the image of Christ and uses your body as the instrument to carry out His purposes.
Paul didn’t say to experience victory in this area, you have to fight really hard. He just said to present, yield, or surrender your body. (Roma. 12:1-2.) Through Jesus, you have already been given victory as a gift (see I Cor. 15:57.) You experience it by presenting your body to God as an instrument for Him to use.
The Holy Spirit is always busy making us like Jesus, but we must cooperate in this effort. …every part of our body has been given to us not for our own gratification but as a “tool to do what is right for the glory of God” (Rom. 6:13). Give your hands to Him for His work, your feet to walk His path, and your ears to hear Him speak.
Often the Spirit’s leading will contradict our logic and feelings; but when we submit, we will experience a deep-rooted peace about our decision.
The words, surrender and submit, have become precious to me now because I know how they apply in my relationship with the Lord. Those two words are the key to walking in peace, righteousness, grace, obedience, joyfulness, and faith. They are the answer to experiencing the peace and joy and life I’ve always wanted.
I have written numerous past blogs on this topic: of my Christian walk being so much of a struggle. I know that I am not alone in these struggles. I have heard so many Christians state or write almost the exact same thing. Life for myself and for so many Christians is so much of a struggle to do God’s will. God’s will often seems more synonymous with work, a struggle, difficulties.
Jesus though says:
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Christian walk only becomes burdensome and a struggle when we attempt to do it in our own strength, in our own efforts. If we sense a struggle, then we have a good indication that we are not resting or submitted to God’s will.
The struggle is an indication that we are trusting in ourselves, in our own reasoning, our own faith, our own sense of timing or justice or whatever.
When we are submitted to God, we have surrendered ourselves — all of us — to God.
Surrender means we are yielded to His purposes, to His timing, to His will.
The struggle indicates a battle. It’s a battle between walking in our flesh, trusting in ourselves, and between trusting in God enough to submit and yield ourselves to Him.
If we are not fully submitted to God, I can guarantee you that there is a lack of trust.
The “root” to that lack of trust is a fear or lie you have believed that is keeping you back from being able to fully submit to God.
Submission to God is crucial in our walk with the Lord. When I am at a place of complete surrender to God, I have found the greatest source of peace. I cannot even begin to describe how amazingly beautiful this kind of serenity of soul is!
Being surrendered to God enables me to be fully “connected” to my Power Source, fully receptive to His leading, fully guided by His Spirit, fully at rest (peace) in Him, fully “engaged” to act as He directs, fully protected by being in the center of His will, fully filled with His Holy Spirit so His fruits are manifested in my life.
Surrender to God is where you find true and lasting victory.
Submission to God is where you find power to act decisively, guided by His Presence.
Are your actions, attitudes, words stemming from your own purposes and guidance, or do they come as a result of spending time with the Lord, waiting on Him, listening to Him, submitting to Him, resting and trusting in Who He is and in the infallibility of His good will?