Friday, January 21, 2011

Surrender


"If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will only satisfy a little lad."
-Ruth Stull

"What kind of a God is it who asks everything of us? The same God "...who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, and with this gift, how can He fail to lavish upon us all he has to give."

He gives all.

He asks all. 

-Elizabeth Elliot

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Submission, Trust, and Love

"God is love."
1 John 4:16

It has become my strong conviction over the years that submission to God's will has as much to do with trust as it does the actual bowing of our heart. To doubt God's dealings with us as being best, is to doubt the very nature of God. It is to doubt the explicitly revealed word of God.

This trust is most often asked of us in relation to things we cannot see or understand. Am I talking about blind faith? Not really. When what we do is first and foremost rooted in our belief in the fact that what God has said about His nature and character is true, it is not blind. It is perhaps without natural human understanding, but this obedience is resting in something, rather Someone far greater than the puny scope of our natural perception.

This also reaches beyond what we perceive God has asked us directly to do. God has placed authorities in each of our lives, whether they be civil, parental, marital, or church authorities. In reference to each of these authorities, God gives clear command to submit to their desires "as unto the Lord." This can only come as we recognize that "the king's heart is in the hands of the Lord" and that God has the ability "to turn in whichever way He chooses." Can we trust in that promise as well? Your trust in the love nature of God is crucial. 

The Scripture says that God's very nature is love. God can never function contrary to His own nature. Never in your life will God ever express His will toward you except that it is an expression of perfect love. He can't! God's kind of love always seeks the very best for a person. Therefore, He can never give you second best. His nature will not let Him.


Never allow your heart to question the love of God. Settle it on the front end of your desiring to know Him and experience Him, that He loves you. He created you for that love relationship. He has been pursuing you in that love relationship. Every dealing He has with you is an expression of His love for you. God would cease to be God if He expressed Himself in any way other than perfect love! Your relationship with God right now reveals what you believe about Him. It is spiritually impossible for you to believe one way and practice another. If you really believe that God is love, you will also accept the fact that His will is always best.
-Henry T. Blackaby