by Suzanne Benner
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“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me??? (Galatians 2:20).
What does it mean to be crucified with Christ and live by faith?
It is all about surrender.
As believers, we desire to live for Jesus. Yet experience teaches that no matter how hard we try, we continually fall short of the life to which God calls us.
You see, living a life of faith is not dependent on how much we do but rather on how much we allow Christ to do in and through us. Therefore, the essential ingredient in a life lived for Jesus is surrender.
I think of surrender as a deliberate relinquishment of control to God. It is the laying down of my own agenda and choosing to let Him rule my life.
Problems arise when, forgetting my yielding of control over to God, I try to run my own life again.
Thus, I am convinced that surrendering to God needs to be a daily discipline.
Each morning, my day needs to be given to Almighty God.
Moment by moment, my thoughts and emotions need to be submitted to the Holy One.
Every evening, the cares and worries of the day need to be relinquished to the Maker of the universe.
Then, day by day, little by little, I will begin to truly understand what it means to surrender to God.
~God, Most High, help me, show me, teach me, how to surrender my life to You, that You may transform it.
About the Author: This devotional was written by Suzanne Benner. Learn more about Suzanne: http://www.talk.thelife.com/authors/suzanne-benner/
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