The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines surrender as yielding. It also includes the following as definitions:
- to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed
- to give the control or use of (something) to someone else
- to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you
Here are my questions to you?
- Have you fully yielded your all to Christ?
- Have you agreed to and stopped fighting, hiding, and resisting His calling and purpose for your life?
- Have you given total control of your life, your ambitions, your all to God?
- Have you made a commitment to allow the Holy Spirit to have full influence over your thoughts, words, and actions?
If you have not readily said yes to all of these questions, then it’s time to surrender. It’s time to let go and let God. It is time for you to allow the Holy Spirit to do its work in your life.
There are 10 steps to receiving the gift of, and fully surrendering your life to, the Holy Spirit. I list all 10 today and spend the next few posts offering detail on each step.
- Engaging in earnest intercession
- Seeking deeper faith
- Practicing heartfelt repentance
- Perfecting honest confession
- Exploring loving unity
- Employing self-examination
- Practicing sacrificial humility
- Developing obedient surrender
- Presenting Joyful thanksgiving
- Celebrating in passionate witness
Let’s begin with engaging in earnest intercession today. When you engage in earnest intercessory prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit, your prayer is heard and the extraordinary happens.
- You are able to speak the Word of God with boldness
- You develop a heart of trust for God and an attitude of total dependence on Him
- You are able to identify and accept your weaknesses so that you can seek God’s strength
- You are able to acknowledge your lack of wisdom so you can depend on the wisdom of God
- You are content with your present as you wait in expectation for a brighter future
- You are strengthened in trials, encouraged in disappointment, guided in decision making, and empowered to resist temptation.
I love this quote “The Holy Spirit impresses and convicts us before we pray, but will never fill us and empower us until we pray.” You need to pray specifically for the Holy Spirit and when you do, God will do something special for you for the finishing of His work.
I encourage you to pray for and accept the Holy Spirit in your life today!
Excerpts taken from the book, “Receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit – 10 Days in the Upper Room” by Mark Finley.