Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Surrender: Five Minute Friday

I'm super late, but this is my contribution to the Five Minute Friday linkup. Kate Motaung is gracious enough to host us faithfully every week. All you do is view the word prompt, write for five minutes, stop, link up, and then read/comment on the post before yours. It's simple and rewarding and will become something you want to keep doing again and again!

This week's prompt:

"Apart from me, you can do nothing."

Thinking on surrender for the past few days as I was with family for Thanksgiving, I had not planned on linking up. Today, though, after pondering many worship songs joyfully proclaiming how we surrender all, this verse came strongly to mind.

Surrender is actually very difficult for most of us. The hymn would more appropriately be sung, "I Surrender Most." We don't enjoy being humbled. We want to be independent and in control and instead we are helpless from birth.
Even Paul the apostle was not granted complete freedom from needing God.

If we were perfect, would we need to be saved? Salvation is not a momentary change, in my opinion, but a lifetime transformation. Am I saved? Yes, but I am constantly having to surrender that control and that desire to be the god of my life.

We pay homage to a god, but is it the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings that we surrender to? Pay tribute to? Or have we allowed another god to siege us and take away all that our Lord God longs to reward us with?

The video is a song called "I Surrender" by Hillsong. It's about 4 years old.

Thank you for reading!
P.S. Please include your linkup number or URL so I can read your post and comment back!


  1. Great post, though I prefer 'obedience to orders' to 'serrender'.

    Heck, I can't even spell it!

    Yeah, you're late...but this was worth waiting for.

    1. Andrew,
      and as a good soldier, of course you prefer 'obedience to orders'. ;)
      So glad you were able to read it. I was never designed to be the commander in chief. I'm perfectly content to be the lieutenant to the colonel in my marriage and servant to the King in my heritage, even if He has esteemed me as His daughter. :)
      Blessings to you and the pups and the beautiful Barbara! Thank you all for your love to us!

  2. Ooh, Tammy..."I surrender most"...ouch. That is so thought-provoking and true. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing. Good stuff! :)

    Selena (via FMF)

  3. It is easy to sing that we surrender all and much, much harder to actually do it. It is a constant choice but I've been learning this year that there is so much blessing when we do. I like the song- don't think I've heard it before.