Life Of True Surrender
Posted on August 20 2019
What is the greatest evidence of a Christ follower? I believe what really sets us apart is how we handle hurt. It's when life disappoints, people reject us and our hearts break. What you turn to and how you respond in that time is what the unbelieving world is watching. It's proof that Christ power in us makes all the difference.
Six years ago marked the beginning of the hardest season of my life. God uprooted me from my comfortable life in California. Moved me cross country from my tight knit family and stripped me of everything.
When I cried out asking why, the Lord answered me with, “You would never be who I created you to be while in your familiar comfort zone. I am doing in you a NEW THING.”
That crushing process brought isolation, stripping of false identity and a deep surrender. It has transformed me into what God intended.
Anyone can praise God when everything is lined up. But how you respond to adversity marks you. Do you complain? Gossip? Stop praising? Where do you turn to ease the pain or fill the void?
It's in the crash that God wants to do a new thing. He wants to teach you, shape you and mold you into a walking display of His power.
Everybody's journey will look different because God is doing a new thing in each of us according to His great purpose and glory. Don't seek to duplicate another's calling or feel the pressure that comparison can bring.
His unique plan for your life doesn't look like the common. What He desires has never been done before. In order for God to do what has never been done, He must take you where you've never been.
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this." Isaiah 48: 10-11
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." - Isaiah 43
We must come to Him with a surrendered heart and cry out, “Lord, I am yours. Do whatever you want to do in my life.”
What He is truly after is a humble, pure heart. He will move heaven and earth for a soul that is surrendered to Him.
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Written by Leah Carson