Persistent Surrender

Kia Ora everyone. Rob here.

I’ve been thinking about words like perseverance, persistence, patience and how they combine with other words like surrender, passion, calling and even, pain. I’m in an in-between time. I have started a new ministry but not many people know about it. The book is out but not many are buying it. A course is set up but no one’s signed up yet. Don’t worry; I’m not whining! It’s just the reality of transitions and new beginnings. All of the above words apply to me right now but this particular combination really matters: Persistent Surrender.

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The reality of our fallen condition is that we have a desire to run our own ship, but it’s not our deepest desire. Our deepest desire is living in union with God but a legacy of The Fall is that we now also desire autonomy. We want things to be done our way, to happen at the pace we choose and to be comfortable in the process. However, because our deepest desire is for union with God we are still not satisfied even when we get our own way. We need to choose what’s best for us and that is a life of giving ourselves over to God again and again and again. Persistent Surrender is the path to life.

Many of us have a practice of surrendering to God and his will daily, especially in the mornings. It’s a good practice and habit to get into, but it’s not enough. Our tendency towards autonomy is so strong that we need to practice regular pauses during the day where we take a minute, breathe and we give everyone and everything over to God, including ourselves. Jesus is our life and Jesus wants our life so that we can have Jesus’ life flowing in and through us. It is the life we’re meant for, but we can’t have that life or live that life if we’re not surrendered.

Jesus, I give everyone and everything over to you.

If you need help then get the one-minute pause app designed by Ransomed Heart. I find being outside helps me. Pop into the bathroom if you have to. Just do it. It is vital that we remember who we are and who we belong to. Christ is our life and our lifeline. Don’t let anyone or anything else steal our identity – children of God, brothers and sisters of Christ, a Spirit-led people.

This identity means that I am not defined by how many books I sell or how many attend my courses. It sets me free to rebuke the enemy who wants to dissuade me from this ministry. It centres me in truth and invites me into union with God – the very thing my heart is made for. But it achieves that for now, not for later. Fresh surrender will be needed then and later.

The good news is that the Holy Spirit will help us, prompt us and cajole us into this persistent surrender. He’ll show me my warning signs – irritability, impatience, deep sighing! – and invite me to take a minute, breathe in and out,

Jesus, I give everyone and everything over to you.

Grace and peace.

About brandnewheartnz

Brand New Heart Ministries is a charitable organisation designed to honour, protect and nurture the new hearts given us in Christ and also, the eternity set in every person’s heart. God wants a heart to heart relationship with us!
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1 Response to Persistent Surrender

  1. A great challenge Rob. God bless you!

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