Surrender the Beast!

Once more, defeated by bad habits, temptation and sinful ways, discouragement has its way with us. When will we ever stop our corruption, rise above evil and conquer goodness? When we surrender.
 
Our sinful nature is like a wild beast. Have you ever heard of a lion capable of taming himself? Or a wolf who pondered on the possibility of becoming vegetarian so he would no longer have to devour weaker innocent creatures? There is only one way for wild animals to give up or control their innate wildness and predatory instincts: submitting to the training and instruction of an expert trainer. So what on earth makes us think we can live a righteous life in our own strength, or even apart from God?
 
“I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in (surrender to) Me and I in you (allow Me to help you), you will bear much fruit (you will find yourself victorious over sin); apart from Me (on your own) you can do NOTHING.” John 15:5
 
How do we surrender? 1) By seeking Him in prayer, bible reading and study, and networking (active fellowship) with other God fearing people. 2) By closing the door to the many distractions and sources of worldly things that we find so desirable and draw so much pleasure from. But you said we can’t do it in our strength! Wah! (I’m whining to myself here). Here’s the key and the strategy that will help us a little each day and will grow us stronger in our walk with Him: the more we choose to do number 1, the more strength we will have (the more power God gives us through His word) to do number 2. And as we develop an increasing hunger and thirst for number 1, the easier it will get for us to do number 2 without so much struggle. (No, this is not potty talk. Concentrate.)
 
“For the Word of God is alive and active (ready to work at ALL times). Sharper than any double-edged sword (able to cut through the hardest or most stubborn of hearts), it penetrates (nothing can block it) even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow (much better than Thor’s hammer); it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (it puts our consciousness on trial, not to sentence us to prison, but in order to set us free).” Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
Therefore, when we “consume” (read, study, meditate on) His Word, also known as “The Bread of Life,” we invite Him into our thinking process. It is a transforming power. This is why we do not have to try to transform ourselves (we can’t anyways), we take in His sword and It will cut through all the yucky stuff we have sticking to our minds and thoughts. He does the work.
 
If you call the plumber to come fix a problem in your house, would you expect him to do the work without entering in?
 
Carmen Tanski
blogger of life