Tag: Surrender

Getting There (3)

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

…come, follow Me. —Luke 18:22

Where our individual desire dies and sanctified surrender lives. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of our own individual temperament. We make our temperament and our natural desires barriers to coming to Jesus. Yet the first thing we realize when we do come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatsoever to our natural desires. We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself (see Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you— and His experiments always succeed. The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ. In the life of a saint there is this amazing Well, which is a continual Source of original life. The Spirit of God is a Well of water springing up perpetually fresh. A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus. Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.

If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, “Come,” then He will continue to say, “Come,” through you. You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.” That is the result in every soul who has abandoned all and come to Jesus.

Have I come to Him? Will I come now?

by Oswald Chambers

Is Jesus on the Throne of Your Heart?

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

God the Father enthroned Christ as king over all nations and all nature, and as Lord over the church. It doesn’t matter what things look like on the outside. Everything may seem out of control and look like the devil has taken power, but the truth is, God has put all things under Jesus’ feet.

All around us today, we see our society and government dethroning Christ — refusing to acknowledge his authority and kingship. God is being removed from our schools and courts and is being ignored in making our laws. The problem of Christ’s dethroning is much worse than America’s rejection of Jesus’ authority because it also is happening in his church!

You may say, “I want Jesus to be king of my life. I want to do everything he commands.” God says, “If you want to know abundant life — true, full life — then submit yourself to me and I’ll give you life without fear, guilt or condemnation.

Those who submit to Christ’s lordship will walk in peace. Submitted Christians don’t live in fear, turmoil or anxiety. They’re clothed in peace: “Grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear …to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:74 and 79).

What a wonderful promise! If we yield our lives to him, he will shine his light into our darkness, remove the shadow of death, and guide us into peace and rest. He essentially says, “I’ll clear up all the confusion in your life and you’ll be able to walk in peace.

Psalm 121 sums up the attitude we are to have: “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved … the Lord shall preserve you from all evil” (Psalm 121:1-3, 7).

Put Christ on the throne of you heart today — and live!

by David Wilkerson