Monday, May 4, 2015

I SURRENDER...ALL?



By Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges
 
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.  Romans 6:13
 

I SURRENDER ALL?
White Rose - Pure Surrender

Lord …
I meant it when I surrendered all
I meant every tear You watched fall
I meant every word You heard me say
I meant every single thought I prayed.

Lord…
I wasn’t trying to pull the wool over
I wanted to be used —You are the Potter
I didn’t mean to throw it all in Your face
I never meant to fall into disgrace.

But…

Somehow, somewhere along the way I stumbled
I tripped over my shoe laces and fumbled
My faith became weak, like bread crumbled
I failed to stay faithful so I tumbled

Into a pit of deepest darkness and despair
Sin had a grip on me that never could compare
To any other sickness I had ever endured
Lost, alone, without You I cowered in fear

Then Grace…

Pulled me up out of the sinking sand
“I Surrender All” became my anthem once again
Every breathe I take — this is where I stand
Upon Your promises The Great “I AM”! 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
© 2015, All Rights Reserved

Yellow Rose with Orange Tinting - Mental Surrender
Have you ever found yourself so broken, on your face before God where you gave your whole circumstance, situation and life over to Him in a moment of sweet surrender? Do you remember the peace that enveloped you? Do you remember how good it felt to not carry that burden, that weight, anymore?

I have been there. I have fallen on my face and told the Lord I didn’t care what He had to do to fix my situation but that I was giving it all to Him. He could have it. I laid myself bare before Him and His peace flooded my soul.

I’ve also found myself in the place of going back on that surrender. Truly, I meant every word and every tear that day but after a few years I found myself trying to live in my own way again.

The Israelites can truly relate to my story. They repented, lived in peace for a certain number of years then they’d forget about God and return to their golden images and idols. Finally, in desperation, they would cry out to Him in surrender and ask for His help.

Oh how guilty I am of this. And as I stand in church listening to everyone else sing, “I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee my precious Savior, I surrender all!” I wonder - do I really? Should I sing this song right now? Do I really mean it?

I have found that surrendering isn’t a one-time thing in this Christian walk. Sometimes it is a daily act. Maybe it is a moment by moment, hour upon hour journey because we have a habit or a sin that just won’t leave us alone. And only by asking for God’s grace in our moment of weakness to keep us from giving into that sin one more time, we surrender our heart once again to Jesus to make the hard choices in the face of the battle. 

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

Deep Pink Rose - Perfect Surrender
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.   
Galatians 2:20 

Scriptures from New International Version
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Meanings of flowers provided by Blossom Like A Flower
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015


 

5 comments:

  1. Great reminders of how God cares for us even in the times we fail. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Indeed He does and I am so humbled by His faithfulness even when I am unfaithful.

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  2. I love this Marcie. I especially like this: "I have found that surrendering isn’t a one-time thing in this Christian walk. Sometimes it is a daily act. Maybe it is a moment by moment, hour upon hour journey..." That is oh so true. And the poem!! Perfect :)

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    1. Awww Nan thank you so much. What lovely encouragement and a blessing.

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  3. Your poem is a beautiful share. It reminds us of our mortality and God's
    ever-available forgiveness. Thank you, Marcie. God bless you and your words of hope.
    Carol Ann Castagna
    He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2
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    hostingauthors.com/lp/tools/author/MrsC.

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