What does it actually mean to yield, to fully surrender, to give up, concede defeat in oneself and hand over the initiative to someone else? As I ask that, I’m certain there’s a sense of revolt in some of the readers; deep within, there’s an opposition against, relinquishing unequivocally one’s will.
How is that even possible? We ask our self – we’ve become our own boss, complete monopoly in actions and thoughts; the Adamic nature, taking a hold of us and manifesting through pride and doubt, like a seemingly unbreakable bond… Or is it? I thought Christ said when we believe in Him and ask for the Holy spirit, the helper would be sent and we would enjoy of its fruits and gifts; but the sad thing is that, many of us born-again Christians, though profess to have the Holy spirit within, still live a fruitless life, due to half-hearted surrender.
The third in the Trinity, the Helper is a very unfathomable phenomenon. The source of utmost radical righteousness, conviction and discernment of God’s truth, bringing us to a profound phase of humility. The exponential growth in faith and holiness, is simply unquantifiable, when we are truly gripped, captivated and then surrendered fully to the Holy spirit.
Despite hearing it many times and on numerous occasions, that surrendering fully is the step towards being spirit filled; do we fully understand that or has it just become a cliché? There’s no perfunctory involved. It combines a willful surrender of all areas of our life to Him – career, finances, relationships et al, and not overly attached to earthly things. The Holy spirit will not override our will, the onus is on us to submit to it.
It’s not an overnight occurrence, a journey of righteousness is involved – fervent praying and fasting; crying out for the humility of Christ, with the narcissistic self-centeredness broken. The Advocate isn’t fearful, boastful or prideful of itself, its gifts or its fruits. Filled with the love of Christ, the urge to spread the good news, should encompass all others, notwithstanding our current predicaments. Don’t get it twisted, total surrender, didn’t occur when we accepted Christ into our lives for the first time or when we got baptised. This is a relentless 24/7 pursuit of holiness, a lifelong matter. Through spiritual discipline, the barriers are stripped away, drawing us closer to the effective will of the Holy spirit. We can either be hot or cold, not both. You’re either in to be filled with this or not, it’s not a circus act.
- Surrendering our time: the word of God, tells us to love not the world, but holiness. For where we focus our time towards, signifies where the heart lies. 1 John 2:15-17 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
- Surrendering our mind: Romans 12:2 “And do not be conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Engage our minds against spiritual warfare via prayer and fasting fervently.
We are all faulty and are imperfect, there often rise within us, doubts and unbelieve (oh we of little faith). Not being Holy spirit led, has a lot to do with unbelieve, ditching the truth of the bible and accepting cultural trend, basing our morality on public perceptions and emotions.
- Yes, the bible says ask and you shall receive, but sometimes God remains silent; should we then throw our bottles out of the tram? Is God a genie in a bottle? Is His will not sovereign? Being Holy spirit, is relying and be rest assured on God’s will, no matter what. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego wouldn’t bow down to the graven image, cause they believe that God would save them, but even if He didn’t (get that!) They still wouldn’t. Their faith wasn’t any less diminishing.
C.S. Lewis once said
“If you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has began to save you already. Not hoping to get heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of heaven is already inside you.”
Total surrender won’t happen instantly, but the desire for change, has to be evoked and letting go, would occur piece by piece. Praying against the self-interest, but instead more of God’s autonomous will and breakthrough.