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    What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

    In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

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Sometimes we throw words around without giving much thought to their meaning.  “Surrender” is one of those words.  We’ve minimized it.  We’ve marginalized it.  We say we’ve done it, but we don’t really mean it.  I think there are many reasons we don’t ever really surrender.  Surrender is hard.  It makes us uncomfortable.   But mostly our refusal to surrender is about a lack of trust…no, maybe a lack of faith. 

 So that I could better understand the meaning, I looked up ‘surrender’ at Dictionary.com.  Go check out the definition for yourself.  Do you see some of the words there?  Yield…Abandon…Relinquish…give up…submitWhew!  I don’t know anyone for whom these things come easy.  We’ve been taught to manage our life, control our destiny, live our dreams, and so on.  Admittedly, surrender has certain negative connotations (turning oneself in to the police, for example) so maybe that’s why we have such a hard time relinquishing ourselves to God’s will.  We see it as a loss of freedom—and to a certain extent, it is a loss of freedom, but we are exchanging our freedom for a much better way. Therein lays the rub:  If we don’t have faith, we don’t really surrender.  If we don’t surrender, I don’t see any way that we can experience the life God has for us. 

 We say we want the life, but do we really have the faith required to actually receive it?   I’ve been spending some time reading 2 Peter lately.  Check out verse 3 of chapter 1:

 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 Now, my interpretation may be a little out of line, here, but when I read: “Everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him.”  I understand that to mean that once I know him, I will receive everything I NEED for life.  I NEED faith so that I can surrender.  I NEED to surrender so that I can have the life He wants for me.

 Bottom line:  Surrender can’t come without faith.  Want faith?  Get to know Him!

 I want to be sure to mention that I in no way believe that once I come to know Him that somehow my life is going to be rose gardens and puppies that don’t bite.  I know that I will face trials.  In fact, probably more trials than if I just kept my distance.  I do believe that once I have surrendered, my will shall align itself with God’s will and I will then have the life I want.  In effect, I stopped fighting for my way. 

Occasionally I come across excellent examples of surrender.  Take a look at Katie’s Blog over at Amazima Ministries.  I think you will be blessed and get an idea of what real surrender looks like.

Here’s a little music to finish this post   Kari Jobe–Jesus, Lover of My Soul

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