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ABC’s of Surrender

This Thursday, I’m starting a series of mini-posts on the ABC’s of Surrender. One of the chief aspects of this holiness journey is surrendering totally to Him, His guidance, His truth. Since most human beings are control freaks in one way or another, giving up oneself, even to the Creator of the universe, can be daunting.

To be honest, I don’t live in total surrender 100% of the time – it goes against the grain of the carnal mind. However, I do have moments when I’m able to yield completely to Him. It is the sweetest place to be. The contentment and joy in that place of total abandon is otherworldly.

But the world beckons. It can be amazingly difficult to hang onto that place of peace all of the time. So, every week for the next 26 weeks, I’m going to focus on a different aspect of surrendering to Him. That is six months of purposely setting aside time to focus on yielding my will to His is various areas of my life.

As I was meditating on the subject of surrender, I can’t help but recall the classic hymn, I Surrender All, lyrics by J.W. Van Deventer. It’s a simple message, but carries a prayer that the Savior longs to hear from His church.

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him;
In His presence daily live.

Refrain:
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blesses Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly thine;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
No I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

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