Thursday: Dive Deeper

Surrender sounds like a bad thing.
I’m not sure about you, but I hate to admit when I can’t do something.
*Enter stage left* CONTROL
I LOVE to feel like I’m in control.
Like I have all my crap together.
Like every step is orchestrated and planned and anticipated.
A lot of times I will get frustrated with myself because I can’t do it and I say, “You know what God.  I can’t do this.  I can’t love this person.  I can’t make this relationship work.  I can’t stand the decisions my kid is making.  You’re just going to have to help me do it.”
I think God gets a sneaky little half grin on His face when I lay that thing I’m choking to death because I’ve got a death grip on it down at His feet.
My problem is, I have a nasty habit of picking it back up.
“Okay God, well, You’re not working fast enough, so I’ll just take that back, thank you very much…”
Seems to be working out fairly well…
When we surrender, we unlock the power of God.
When we hold tightly to the things of the world, we are closed off to what God wants to put in those hands.
Maybe He’s been trying to give you a promotion or mend a broken relationship or heal your health.
But because you are holding tightly to what you believe about yourself, or advice from other people, or articles you read on WebMd, you aren’t in a place to receive.
If your hands are open, then you have NOTHING to lose.
And everything to gain.

So let’s Dive Deep into this:
What in your life are you choking to death?
What do you have your fist closed SO tight around that NOTHING is opening it up.
Not even God.
Ask yourself:
—Is there something in my life that is just not working out?
—Is there something that causes me great frustration?
—Is there something I have surrendered to God, only to pick it right back up again?
Once you have answered those questions, dive into these steps:
Repent and ask God to forgive you of trying to manipulate or control situations.
Release whatever it is to God.  It’s not easy.
Rest that His ways are higher.  We may not see it, we may not like it, but we must rest in the fact that God has it all in the palm of His hand.

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