Let God take control of your life

How can we change?

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”   ~Luke 5:32

How can we ever truly change? First off, we must admit that we need changing—that we are sinners, and then the answer is quite simple, we must simply ask! God gives us a very easy way to change our hearts. He will fill us with a desire to change into the person He created us to be, once we admit that we need and want to change. He will enable us to finally let go of our reoccurring sins, as well as our overwhelming desire to control everything all on our own! All we have to do is ask

"I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,' and You forgave the iniquity of  my sin.”   ~Psalm 32:5

​God loves us and desperately wants to help us. If we but ask Him, He will show us the iniquity we hide deep in our hearts. It’s then up to us to surrender it to Him to remove this desire. 

We must become obedient if we want Him to hear our prayers. If we choose to hold onto our savored sins, we’ve made a choice, a bad choice but a conscious, freewill choice nevertheless. We must learn to choose Him over sin, only then will we gain the blessing. There's always a blessing build into every request God makes. All we have to do is use our free will to obey Him and receive His blessings. Surrender is the key.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”   ~Psalm 66:18

Allow Him to change you!

Think of it this way, iniquity is bending or twisting God's law, and sin is flat out doing what we know is wrong! Giving up both iniquity and sin all on our own is impossible, we will do nothing but run in circles trying to shed our old ways. I compare it to rowing a boat without putting the oars in the water. Yes, we’re rowing but we sure aren’t getting anywhere. It's the same thing when we're trying to stop doing what we know we shouldn't be doing. We must surrender! It’s all about turning in our old (effort filled) ways that don't work, for His (effortless) way that does work.

Once we become willing to see that our way doesn’t work, we can finally become supercharged. For Pete’s sake, put your oars in the water and get turbocharged with God’s almighty power! Only by surrendering to God will we ever be able to walk in His footsteps and allow Him to change us.

“I will give you a new heart and a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”   ~Ezekiel 36:26-27

Isn't surrender weakness...?

I used to think that surrendering to God was the equivalent of a lobotomy, that I would lose my unique personality—my thoughts—my very essence. But the truth of the matter is the complete opposite. When we surrender to God, we are empowered to become all that He has created us to be.

The only thing we lose is the trash that Satan is stuffing into our heads . . . the fear, doubt, anger, and lies. Surrender is the secret to peace and the only way to achieve freedom from the devil’s bondage of sin.

Even though I surrendered to God many years ago, I still have to re-surrender all over again every morning. Some days I find myself in such a state of panic that I have to literally force myself to stop trying to control things, and just let go. Only then can I truly surrender and allow Him to take charge.

I must die to self daily—hourly, if need be—some days it’s literally a minute by minute effort. But I've learned that this is what I have to do to get through, to get out of God’s way so He can fix me!

This life is like a pancake, we get to choose which side is up, we get to choose who we will listen to, God or Satan. It’s either one or the other— just like the pancake—you can’t have both sides up at the same time.

The apostle, Paul, put it very well when he said, I die daily. We must die daily to our carnal desires . . . lust, greed, envy, and most importantly, control. We must die to sin in any form, no matter how much it tugs at us. Only through accepting that choosing sin, any sin, no matter how small it might be, is choosing to sever our connection with God. He won’t force Himself on us. He won’t take our free will away from us, even if it means losing us forever.

You’d think by now I would've learned to stop trying to steer my life. I know that God is in control and will do a much better job than me, but I still find myself grabbing the wheel. When will I learn? On my own I will fail, I will succumb to sin, but with His empowerment, I will have the victory every time.

We must learn how to be over-comers. We must allow God to work in us so that we can overcome evil with good. Once the Holy Spirit of God resides in us, we can do anything. We are God’s people, His chosen people, we are spiritual Israel.

The term spiritual Israel is a reference to the entire body of Christian believers. We, the faithful followers of Jesus, are the children of promise. Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are His heirs.

​“And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”   ~Galatians 3:29

We can all become overcomers! The term overcomer represents a spiritual victory over sin, just as spiritual circumcision implies a cutting-off from sin.

“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.”   ~Colossians 2:11

However, we must remember that on our own we will surely fail, but with God’s empowerment, we can, and will overcome sin! We must surrender and allow God to give us a new heart, only then can we give Him our whole heart.

“Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”   ~Jeremiah 24:7

Q: Are you ready to surrender?​

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You might say that I was a rather late spiritual bloomer, tripping my way into the Lord's arms not all that long ago. Nevertheless, I've been on the fast track ever since through a decade of Bible study courses and daily devotion. Changing careers a few years back and becoming a published author of Christian motivational books, leading to spiritual children's books and now this blog.

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