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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"I Surrender All"

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"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

 

 


William Sangster, the great London preacher, visited a young girl in the hospital who was going blind. "God is going to take my sight away," she told the pastor. After a long pause, Sangster said, "Don't let Him, Jessie. Give it to Him. Try to pray this prayer: 'Father, if for any reason I must lose my sight, help me to give it to you.'"

He soon would live those same words as he was suffering from muscular atrophy. He made four resolutions and faithfully kept them: 1) I will never complain; 2) I will keep the home bright; 3) I will count my blessings; 4) I will try to turn it to gain. William Sangster died having surrendered all to Jesus.

True surrender of our lives to The Lord puts everything into His hands. It is only through this surrender that we understand that to live or die is in His power. My life is His life, so my death is His as well.  When I surrender totally to His will, then what happens in my life is by His directing, as well as what happens in my death. In other words, to the surrendered man, how I leave this earth is as much God's will as how I live on this earth. True and total surrender realizes several things.

  1. God is the rightful owner of all.

I was made in His image, by His will, and was given life by Him. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:3,4
2. God knows how my life should be lived.
And to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Col 1:9,10 Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Col 4:12
3. God knows the day of my death.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Job 14:5. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:27.
4. God can only do the true believer good in all things.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

So, Christian, moment by moment, learn to surrender all! Trust The Lord, and learn to rest on Him. He will never leave you, nor will He do you harm. See if you can sing this with a true heart:
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,

I surrender all.

 



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Previous devotions

"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011


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Words of Truth - March 6, 2013