I love the New Year, and how it stirs in me to change things. This year Eric and I have been talking about "Give God all". Sounds good....but what does that mean? I picked up Andrew Murrays book within a book called Absolute Surrender, talk about getting you stirred up!
It got me to thinking....am I in absolute surrender to God, or only when what He wants, lines up with what I want? Many times I think we are afraid of surrender because we think we can never live up to it. We will at some point be selfish....but if we will just put ourselves out there and say "God, you have my all, every part, and I know that you will enable me to surrender to you" the Holy Spirit will help you (enable you) to fully surrender. Only with the Holy Spirit can we do it. Phil 2:13 says it is God who works in you to will and to do for His good pleasure, if you are willing, He will do the work in you! Everything God created is in Absolute surrender to Him...the sky, the stars, the grass, the animals.....we should be also! He wants it from us. We don't have to accomplish the surrender by ourselves....God will work it in us, we just have to surrender, and stay willing to let Him work.
That sounds like a lot better deal than feeling guilty, and a failure because you consecrate yourself in January, but by February you feel out of closeness with God, and then the devil lies to you that you are a failure and not worthy of the blessings of God because you were disobedient......and so on, blah, blah blah. But God accepted your surrender(have faith that God accepted it).....let Him work it out in you! His Holy Spirit is on the inside, I am confident He knows what He is doing! God can "keep" you, if you will trust Him that He can!
God is a giver...total giver, He gave His all! Not only did He give His son, then He gave us His spirit.....He poured out His fullness for (in) us! We can be just like Him now, we can be givers!