Surrender to God
If all this grace is available, the natural question is,
How do we get it?
James lines out the answer in the Book of James ( 4:7 ) He begins by saying, “Submit therefore to God”, What dose it mean to submit to God? We’ll get to that, But first James gives us a great picture of what submission dose not mean (James 4:1-5 ).
You’re not submitted to God if your life is marked by things like illicit-pleasure, strife, lust, envying, and friendship with the world.
The reason I titled this “surrender” instead of “submission” is that surrender is the forgotten element in submission. You don’t often hear the full story when the concept of submission is taught. If you want to submit to God so you can receive His greater grace, you need to understand all that is involved in submission. Submission is usually presented as the process of making a commitment to Christ. That’s important,
But it’s possible to make a commitment to the Lord without really surrendering our wills to him.
Here’s what I mean. Someone who is struggling with a stronghold can say, I’ve made a commitment to the Lord, and I’m going to stop doing what I’ve been doing.” That sounds fine, But many people who make that kind of commitment promptly go out and fall flat on their faces.
Because commitment doesn’t work unless it is preceded by surrender.
A commitment may simply be another way of saying, I’m going to do this myself. I’m going to beat this problem. I promised God I was going to do it, and I’m going to do it. But we already know that we can’t beat Satan on our own. So while commitment often say’s, “I can,” surrender say the Lord, I can’t do this in my power. I’m too weak. I cannot live up to your standards in my own strength.” When a soldier surrenders in a war, he is saying, I quit. I can’t fight any longer.”
If you want greater grace from God, you must surrender yourself and your own efforts to win the battle and tear down your strongholds.
That’s a different kind of surrender, because you are surrendering to your commander rather than to the enemy.
What I’m talking about here is the attitude that says I can lick this thing myself.” We need to realize that we need Christ’s strength to do what we need to do ( Philippians 4:13 ).When it comes to what Christ can empower us to do, there’s no reason to say we can’t do something. But Christ’s power doesn’t kick in until we let go of our delusions of self-power. and that comes through surrender.
So my brothers and sisters,