This act of personal surrender (to God) is called many things: consecration, making Jesus your Lord, taking up your cross, dying to self, yielding to the Spirit. What matters is that you do it, not what you call it. God wants your life all of it. Ninety-five percent is not enough. - R.W.
Surrendering is best demonstrated in obedience. You say, yes, Lord to whatever He asks of you. To say no, Lord is to speak a contradiction. You cant call Jesus your Lord when you refuse to obey Him.- R.W.
God doesnt owe you an explanation or reason for everything he asks you to do. Understanding can wait, but obedience cant. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, you will never understand some commands until you obey them first. Obedience unlocks understanding.- R.W.
Genuine surrender says, Father, if this problem, pain, sickness, or circumstance is needed to fulfill your purpose and glory in my life or in anothers, please dont take it away. This level of maturity does not come easy. In Jesus case, He agonized so much over Gods plan that He sweat drops of blood. Surrender is hard work. In our case, it is intense warfare against our self-centered nature.- R.W.
The most difficult area to surrender for many people is their money. Many have thought, I want to live for God but I also want to earn money to live comfortably and retire someday. Retirement is not the goal of a surrendered life, because it competes with God for the primary attention of our lives.- R.W.
Sometimes it takes years, but eventually you discover that the greatest hindrance to Gods blessing in your life is not others, it is yourself your self-will, stubborn pride, and personal ambition. You cannot fulfill Gods purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.- R.W.