SURRENDER: THE PERFECT MODEL, 27.02.19

SURRENDER: THE PERFECT MODEL, 27.02.19

Yeshua was attentive at all times to the voice, directives, and wishes of the Father. He would not make any decision which was not sanctioned by His Heavenly Father. Following the same practice would serve God’s people well. It will place you in the midst of the Father’s will. Jesus/Yeshua provided us with the perfect model of SURRENDER.

Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). Notice how this parallels “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing“ (John 15:5). We can do nothing of our own self; that is, nothing that counts for anything in God’s view, or for the Kingdom of God. Our own thoughts and ideas, without God’s input, and sanction, count for nothing, for  “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity” (Ps.94:11).  We need to listen and watch, for where the Father is pointing, where the Holy Spirit is leading, so we can do those things which are mandated by our heavenly Father. If Yeshua was careful to do whatever the Father showed, how much more attentive we should be! Let us follow Yeshua’s model.

“I can do nothing on My own. Just as I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, for I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me“ (John 5:30).  How often do we make judgments without consulting the One true judge? How often do we check in/out with God the Father, by His Holy Spirit, before jumping into action, doing according to our own thoughts,  then asking God to help us and bless what we do, regardless of whether that was what He would have had us do. We need to do as Yeshua did, and consult with The Father, FIRST, in prayer, through seeking The Word, communing with Him about the situation before making decisions, judgments, etc. We need to rely on/depend on Him, not ourselves; that is what surrender is all about; that is how Yeshua lived His life. THAT is how others will see Yeshua in you.

“For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:38-40). This was His purpose on the earth: to do the will of the Father; He was sent to redeem humanity and to not lose a single individual assigned to Him. What does this say to us? Could it be that likewise, we are to serve God’s purpose in our lives, not just to live happy little self-focussed lives that glorify the self? Might it also be the case that He has assigned those nearest us to our charge; that we would bring them into the Kingdom with us? Intercessory prayers, modelling Christlike behaviour – these are the main vehicles for accomplishing this purpose. Let us mirror the Master in all things.

Yeshua said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am. I do nothing by Myself, but speak just what the Father has taught Me.  The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to Him” (John 8:28,29). Notice all the inclusions here: (1) Yeshua won’t DO anything unless the Father prescribes it; (2) He won’t SAY anything unless the Father has instructed Him to say it; (3) He KNOWS the PRESENCE of His Father is with Him; and (4) He always does what is PLEASING to the Father. Can we say the same things? Do we always check in/out before saying or doing? Are we always aware of HIS PRESENCE? Are we always motivated to do what pleases the Father; or are we motivated to do what pleases self? And do we remember that He is always with us – “Emmanuel – God with us”?  By His Holy Spirit, we can always know His presence.

Before speaking “thus says the Lord” we need to ensure we are hearing from God, not from the carnal self. “For I did not speak on My own, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting. Therefore what I say, I say just as the Father has told Me”(John 12:49,50). We must be careful that we do not declare a Word (as coming from God) by our own authority, but always through the Holy Spirit, through which God’s authority flows in and through us; and He will show us what to say; as in Lk. 12:11: “For the Holy Spirit will give you the words to speak at the very moment needed.” We must always be walking in that posture of surrender, so we will hear His voice, His leading, His teaching, His directives. We must incorporate this attitude as a way of life, not an occasional gesture, for it needs to be part of everything we do, every aspect of life, simple to complex. The Holy Spirit guides us always; but we must be aware, attentive, listening – present to Him.

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own; but the Father dwelling in Me does His works“ (John 14:10). This is a good reality check: if we are not hearing from God; if we do not experience answered prayer; we need to ask ourselves, “Do I really believe what I am purporting to believe? Do I really believe it? Am I walking in that posture of belief? Am I bent towards surrender, pleasing the Father?” Because it is only when we do truly believe, and walk in accordance with those beliefs (i.e., applying them; living it out), that everything else falls into place – hearing from God, receiving answers to prayer, attaining, and walking in the love, joy, peace. And likewise, we need to let the power that resides within us do the work, depending on HIS power, not our own, thus responding accordingly.

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