LIFE PRINCIPLE 1 – A Willing Surrender By Charles F. Stanley

Topic: A Willing Surrender

In spiritual terms, to surrender to
God means that all is gained.

You experience God’s love when you willingly surrender to His call to be your Savior, Lord, and Friend.
Surrender is a loaded word. In military terms, it means that all is lost. In spiritual terms, however, it means that all is gained. To surrender to God is to let go of the steering wheel of your life and leave the driving to the One who not only designed the car but also plotted the course. To surrender control to God is to gain confidence and faith.

God desires your fellowship and
worship.

There are at least three reasons why God seeks your surrender. First, He loves you and desires your fellowship and worship. As long as you hold something back from God, you cannot know Him completely or fully experience His love. However, when you surrender all that you are to Him, you get all of Him.

God wants your service to be effective and fruitful.

Second, He wants your service to be effective and fruitful.
Regardless of your particular situation or the limitations you might have, the more you love Jesus and serve Him in the place He has called you to serve, the more effective that service will be. The closer you draw to God, the more impact your life will have.

The more energetically you nurture your relationship with the Lord, the greater the positive mark you will leave behind.

God waits for the freedom to bless you.

Third, He waits for the freedom to bless you.
God is omnipotent, but He will not violate His own principles.
He draws you to Himself so you can experience His love and forgiveness. He asks for your willing surrender so He can give you the best blessings He has to offer.

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of
iniquity (Psalm 37:1).

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