This morning, as I was reading a Devotional from Morris L. Venden on Surrender to God, I found out that we experience a crisis (a time of intense difficulty) when it is time to surrender to God. My definition of a crisis is when an uncontrollable event causes havoc in one’s life. Now I realize that I am the one responsible for my Spiritual Crisis.
” Absolute surrender will be a crisis in your life that you will be aware of. *Steps to Christ, page 43, says that “the warfare against self is the greatest battle ever fought.’ Such a battle will not go by unnoticed.”
Surrender causes conflict within, because of our inherent tendency to willfully sin against God. David tells us in Psalm 51:5, “…I have done wrong since the day I was born.” We must acknowledge our desire to oppose God if we are to survive the crisis. Now that we are aware of the reason for the ongoing battle of Self vs God; we come to the realization that victory is only possible by the willful surrender of self to the Holy Spirit.
Never feel that God has placed us in a hopeless situation. It is possible to overcome the crisis through self-opposition. Do not follow your own inclinations which are always unreliable. Remember that God’s will and way leads us from being a Victim of Crisis to a Victorious Overcomer.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“My soul says, yes, yes, yes Lord yes, my soul says yes, yes to your will.”
Prayer for the Sabbath: Dear God, Thank you for revealing the source of my ongoing spiritual crisis. I am choosing to willfully go against you when I refuse to surrender and follow my own desires. Please forgive me. I need you in my life. I need the power of the Holy Spirit to be an overcomer. By faith, I accept your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
*Steps to Christ by Ellen G. White
Sonya Johnson Ruiz