8Dec

private surrender equals powerful story

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Psalm 86:11, NIV

The only way to stand out as a Christ Follower and honor God with your life is to determine today to have an undivided heart. When a Holy God begins to rewrite an unholy life, He requires something of you in the editing process.

Surrender. Surrender of the things that distract, distort and dissuade you from the journey of transformation. Surrender of your agendas,  faulty thinking, and allegiance to the former trappings that defined you.

He also expects accuracy—a daily truth and reverence—as you communicate your story to others.

Sharing your story about what God has done in your life is effective and powerful only when in private you are fully surrendered to God’s ongoing edits of you story. If you are walking outside of what the Spirit longs to tell us daily or retelling a truth we no longer own, then your story becomes just another story in a sea of chatter. But when you submit to God as the Author of your life, the story you have to share just gets better and better.

Tweet, post or share this truth today:

Let God write your story. He can do it better anyway. #LiveSticky

What is one thing God is doing in your life now?

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    Great post! Right now God is teaching me about perspective. How just because I know about Him doesn’t mean I have the whole picture. Each day I see from a new angle, I get bigger pieces of the picture. Once again, I am amazed. His truth doesn’t change, just the way I see it through my limited lens.

  • Tami Heim

    I know exactly what you mean Tony. Every day is an adventure – one day closer to Him and all that He calls us to be.

    Right now God is teaching me about the investment of time. He is showing me how utterly impossible it is to give to others without Him giving back to me more than I ever expected or imagined. Awe-God!

  • http://www.patersoncenter.com Tommy_m

    Surrender is one of the most referenced, least understood subjects in the Holy Scripture. The amazing thing is our lives becomes radiantly alive ( as Jesus promised in John 10:10 ) as a result of the daily practice of fully, completely yielding our lives to Christ on a minute by minute basis. My mentor and friend Tom Paterson has written a beautiful book, ‘Deeper, Richer, Fuller – The Process of Spiritual Transformation ‘. In the book Tom, with great warmth and grace, teaches us that all of life is a process and surrender is no different. It is a process.

    Great devotion for life.

  • Tami Heim

    Tommy thanks for the recommendation – the book is available on Amazon – I just ordered mine!.

    What a perfect title to capture the outcomes of a life totally surrendered to Him. It is a moment by moment choice that initiates God’s transformational work in our lives. – His hand bringing our heart to His holiness.

  • http://www.justachick.com dedraherod

    I was blessed with the opportunity to take my twin girls (seniors in HS) to DeeperStill in Birmingham this weekend and then ventured to The Church at Brook Hills to sit under Dr. Platt’s teaching for a bit. Throughout the entire weekend, the message of surrender and intention kept a constant whisper in my ears. Die to my desires (trying to combine intentional family time with social time) and be who and where He needs me. “Surrender of the things that distract, distort and dissuade you from the journey of transformation. Surrender of your agendas, faulty thinking, and allegiance to the former trappings that defined you.” is now plastered on my workspace and with me today. Thank you for the encouragement once again. I am grateful.

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  • Toni

    Thanks for sharing that Dedra, sounds like God is doing some major rennovations in your heart. I’m with you on really zeroing in on the “things” that I haven’t surrendered. The truth is painful, glad we can all be honest about that and spur one another on. Bless you today. May His Truth continue to bless every step you take in the weeks ahead. Praying for surrendered days . . . for you . . . for me.

  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    For several months now God has repeatedly asked me the question “will you trust me.” I couldn’t possibly count how many times it has come up in various situations.

    I also attended Deeper Still and throughout the weekend that same question emerged time and time again. It didn’t come forward in a condemning way but as a challenge. I believe that God is asking me to give Him all of me and allow Him to make up the difference in every area. He wants me to fully trust Him with everything!

    It seems that “private surrender” is what He is speaking to me. Thanks for being yet another confirmation.

  • Tami Heim

    It is amazing how God shows up and works through us at events like that Deeper Still. Looking forward to you writing more about it on your blog. One thing I find is that as soon as I truly let go of something – something else appears that needs to be turned over to Him. I am convinced that is way it is called a Daily Walk. Thanks for sharing Melinda. We love you being in the conversation here, friend.

  • Tommy_m

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  • http://twitter.com/JOYFULLTOO Melinda Y.

    I too have repeatedly heard God speaking “Do you trust me?” Especially, with my dad’s health being comprimised for the last 4mths. As a growing follower of Christ and a person who struggles with fear, private surrender has been the cornerstone on the pathway to peace.
    Thanks for this post and the many others that reflect His heart and deepen our daily walk. Bless you

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    He’s teaching me to strip more and more stuff, more and more clutter, in order to eliminate distractions and see deep on the journey.

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