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Surrendering to God’s Will and Plan

The Christian walk is an ongoing process that involves sanctification, growth, and a deepening relationship with Christ. One of the essential aspects of this journey is learning to surrender to God’s will and plan for our lives.

As believers, we come to understand that God’s ways are always perfect, even when our human understanding falls short. In surrendering to God’s will, we find true freedom, peace, and purpose.

The Bible is replete with examples of individuals who surrendered to God’s will and reaped the benefits of their obedience. As we study scripture and learn from these examples, it becomes clear that submitting to God’s plan leads to an abundant and fulfilled life.

In this blog post, we will delve deep into the concept of surrendering to God’s will and plan, and discuss key takeaways that can help reshape our hearts and minds.

Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding what it means to surrender to God’s will
  2. The transformative power of surrendering to God’s will
  3. Key examples of individuals in the Bible who surrendered to God’s will
  4. Practical steps to surrender our lives to God
  5. The blessings and benefits of living a life surrendered to God
Surrendering to god's will and plan

What it means to surrender to God’s will

Letting go of control

Surrendering to God’s will involves letting go of control over our lives and giving it over to God. This is a trusting act that stems from faith in God’s goodness, wisdom, and love for us.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

In doing so, we acknowledge that God, in His infinite wisdom and love, knows what is best for our lives, and we choose to follow His guidance rather than our limited understanding.

Aligning our desires with God’s will

Submitting to God’s will also involves aligning our desires with those of God. Jesus modeled this in His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion: “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

As believers, we strive to adopt the same attitude in our lives. As we experience personal growth, our desires start to reflect God’s desires, making it easier for us to accept and follow His will.

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The transformative power of surrendering to God’s will

Breaking the bondage of sin

Surrendering to God’s will breaks the bondage of sin in our lives. The apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:12-13, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts.

And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

When we give control of our lives to God, we allow Him to work within us to overcome sinful habits and desires, experiencing true freedom and growth in righteousness.

Changing our perspective

By surrendering our lives to God, our perspective can radically change. Instead of viewing trials and difficulties through the lens of fear and despair, we start to see them as opportunities for growth and reliance on God.

With a renewed perspective, we recognize that God is working in all circumstances for our ultimate good. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

This allows us to face the challenges of life with confidence and hope, knowing that God is guiding and sustaining us.

Examples of individuals in the Bible who surrendered to God’s will

Abraham

One example of a biblical figure who surrendered to God’s will is Abraham. He was asked by God to leave his home and family to follow God’s leading to a land that He would show him.

Abraham obeyed God’s call, even though he faced numerous challenges along the way. Ultimately, Abraham’s obedience and willingness to follow God’s plan brought blessings and established the nation of Israel.

Esther

Another powerful example of surrendering to God’s will is found in the story of Esther. She found herself in a position of influence in the royal court, and her uncle, Mordecai, urged her to appeal to the king to save her people.

Esther realized that God might have placed her in her position for such a time as this (Esther 4:14) and, despite risking her own life, she chose to align her will with God’s plan to save her people.

Practical steps to surrender our lives to God

Daily prayer and Bible study

Committing to daily prayer and Bible study is crucial in learning to surrender to God’s will. As we communicate with God through prayer and study His Word, we gain a clearer understanding of His will for our lives.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” This consistent practice helps us to recognize God’s guidance and direction, making it easier to submit to His will.

Accountability and community

Surrounding ourselves with a community of fellow believers helps in our journey of surrendering to God’s will. By sharing our struggles and victories with others, we find encouragement, accountability, and wisdom for how to live a surrendered life.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The blessings and benefits of living a life surrendered to God

Experiencing peace and joy

Living a life surrendered to God’s will brings about peace and joy that surpasses human understanding. Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

When we trust in God’s plan and submit to His will, we can rest in the knowledge that He is in control and will work everything out for our good.

Discovery of our God-given purpose

By surrendering to God’s will, we also come to discover our unique, God-given purpose. When we give ourselves over to God, He leads us into new opportunities and experiences that reveal His specific plan for our lives. As we walk in this purpose, our lives become increasingly fruitful and filled with meaning.

Conclusion

In conclusion, surrendering to God’s will and plan requires us to relinquish control, align our desires with His, and consistently seek His guidance through prayer and Bible study. As we practice surrender, our lives are transformed, breaking the bondage of sin and giving us a renewed perspective on life’s challenges.

By looking to the examples of biblical figures like Abraham and Esther, we can learn the importance of trusting God and being obedient to His will, even in difficult circumstances.

Taking practical steps such as daily prayer and Bible study, as well as surrounding ourselves with a supportive community of believers, helps us in our journey of submission to God’s will.

Ultimately, we are promised peace, joy, and a greater understanding of our God-given purpose as we continue to surrender our lives to God.

May we daily strive to trust in the Lord’s wisdom and love, and embrace the freedom and fulfillment found in a life fully submitted to His perfect will and plan.

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.