Five Choices That Lead to True Freedom

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Devotional

The Choice to Surrender


Somewhere, deep within all of us, we know what it is. Perhaps we haven’t said it aloud, but that doesn’t mean it doesn't exist. It is something you are ready to be done with, something that has caused damage, and something that you can’t change on your own. You are ready to be free from it, and today is the day to start.


When facing the challenges of life change or recovery from destructive patterns or addictions, we will face the issue of control. Who will be in control of our decisions, choices and desires? Will we be in control, or will we allow God to be in control? This decision will either lead us in a positive or negative direction. Who we give control to is ultimately the one that we trust the most. The choice to surrender is the decision to trust God and give Him control of our lives.


As we work towards life change, there will be a constant battle between our desires and God's desires for us. Temptation will always be waiting, and the enemy knows where our weaknesses lie. 


This battle against temptation is truly a battle for control that wages a war within each of us every day.  We can fight this battle of control by making the choice to surrender to God each day. Whenever you start your morning, take some time reading God's word and pray a prayer of surrender.


Here's an example: Dear God, I come to you, recognizing that you are in control of all things. You are all-powerful and all-knowing. You know my weaknesses, and so I ask you to protect me from my own desires. Keep me from the temptations of this world and guard my thoughts, actions, attitude and eyes. Help me to honor you in every way. I pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.


God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:12-15) 


Reflections:  



  1. Why do you find it difficult to give God control?      

  2. Why do we want to be in control? What does it give us, what does it cost us?     

  3. What are some of the desires that tempt you personally?