“Praise the Lord, who is my rock, He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” Psalm 144:1
CHAPTER FOUR - (SURRENDER)
Jesus has set the example for us, he has told us to consider His example, and expects that we will follow His example. We read His instructions to us about this, “For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:3, 4 considering the example that we have just witnessed by reading about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane what shall we do? We shall surrender our will, all of our dreams, hopes, and desires and we shall exchange these for God’s perfect plan for our lives. In prayer the first thing we must be ready to do is to surrender to God’s plan, if we are unwilling to do this then we must ask ourselves the question, “Do we trust God?” If we trust God with all of our heart we will trust that God knows best and it will be easy to surrender to him. At the time God’s plan may not be clear to us, we may have many questions, and we may be hesitant to relinquish control of our life over to God, but although it may not be what we want, or even close to the way that we would do things, we must surrender to God and fully trust him that all things are working towards his perfect plan for us.
Now you may be saying, “What does this have to do with spiritual warfare?” Friend this is the most important thing that we can do when we engage in this spiritual warfare, and why is that? Because it is God that wins the battle for us! We cannot win without him! In fact we will most certainly be defeated should we attempt to do things a way that seems right to us, if that way is not the way that God instructs! As we read, “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 We need to surrender our will unto God and trust God that his will is right for us!
So we have seen one example of Jesus during spiritual warfare, and we have witnessed His example unto us. Let us look at another example of this. In our first example we see Jesus surrender to God’s will, in this second example we will see Jesus take authority! Turn with me to Luke 8:22-25 here we read,
“Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples, and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And he launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this? For he commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25
Now this time Jesus does not say to the disciples gather around and let us pray, there is not one thing here that says Jesus is sorrowful, afraid, or out of control! In fact Jesus rises to the occasion with authority.
Here we see different circumstances, first in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was surrendering to God, but here Jesus is rising to the occasion. For us then how should we be? We ought to do both if we should follow Jesus. We ought to surrender to God and when we do he will give us authority that will enable us to rise to the occasion. Make no mistake, there is no mixed message here, what we learn is that God our Father is our source of strength by our submission to his will. See here that there is an order that we must follow! IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET THIS!
First surrender to God’s plan and then we will be able to accomplish what we set out to do. Remember, “Commit to the lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3