Jill Jarrell Newsome
Surrendering to Jesus
In April of 2018 I wrote about how I had felt God nudging me to do a blog. Not only did I not know what a blog was but I felt very vulnerable about everyone seeing what I write. Writing is my therapy and I almost felt like I was inviting someone in for my therapy session. Then I began letting the negative thoughts creep in. "I am not good enough"; "No one will want to read it"; etc. I even thought, "what if they know my sins?!" I find myself here again. I am reminded again, thankfully, that God forgives and He uses sinners! Vulnerability has a negative connotation but God wants us to be real - including the good, bad and ugly. He made us to relate to each other which means sharing our stories to bring glory to God. My blog is Holy Spirit led about how Jesus gets me through this hard thing called life. God has been so good to me how can I not be obedient? I have been asking God to increase my territory and He is doing just that.
I cannot surrender til I go to God. I am reminded of the hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." The words are reassuring, "what have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms." Sometimes our calls are scary or difficult but God has provided triumph over fear. Every time, God has blessed me beyond measure for being obedient.
Is God nudging you to do something? What is holding you back? We are our own greatest hindrance to God's blessings in our life. We cannot fulfill God's purpose for our life it we do not surrender. Surrender does not weaken us; it strengthens us! If something is holding you, Satan is glad and he wants you to continue to be bound. Don't focus on the problem but focus on the Problem Solver! With Him all things are possible! Let God help you to be all that you can for His purpose! Imagine what your life would be like if you were to receive the blessings that God has in store for you! Ok God, I'm trusting you! So today I surrender and step out in faith! Job 22:21 "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you."
You may have read the book or heard the prayer of Jabez from 1 Chronicles 4: 10, "Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, 'Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.' And God granted his request." For God to enlarge our territory means He will increase or expand it. It will be something new for us. Most likely, it will take us out of our comfort zone. I have prayed this prayer many times over the years. I believe God is answering the prayers. While the answers are not always crystal clear, and not always in my timing nor the way I expect them answered, I do believe they are being answered. I do not know what to expect but I do expect. And because it is God, I do expect great things! I hold on to Ephesians 3: 20, Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us..." Sometimes this change can cause changes in your life and sometimes theeat things! y may be dramatic. That being said, I do not know what to expect but I do expect. In fact, I expect great things! I hold on to Ephesians 3: 20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us..." Surrender and expect great things!