~"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"~
I personally tend to find myself having to be reminded of giving ALL things over to the Lord, because within this you can be carried, within this comes faith, and GREAT faith is what all of us are striving for. Proverbs 3:5 is a great opening verse in my opinion, because it sets the scale of God being beyond comprehension, and that the reasoning behind all things are much deeper and more complex than the surface of things at which we see.
"Trust in the LORD with ALL your heart"
We often times are faced with a decision or a problem (such as death, or financial problems, or relationship issues etc.) that inevitably takes hold, and tries to diminish our faithfulness in God. But that is when we must put our entire faith, trust and Love in God, knowing that we "cannot lean on our own understanding" We must, and I mean must, not try to analyze the reasoning's because when we are personally involved in such "disappointments" we tend to read into things that take God out of the equation, or place hatred in our hearts. God does not promise us that life is going to be easy, and most importantly as Christians, but what He does promise us is that He will Walk with us through our inflictions.
Gods Love is unfailing (Psalm 13:5) and endures forever. He does not forsake those who seek Him, (Psalm 9:10) never shall you, nor I be put to shame for the Lord triumphs all that is set before you. (Psalm 25:1-3)
~The Lord is Our God, Whom shall you fear~
This verse makes my heart leap, keeping me in faith that the Lord surely has overcome the Earth, even though the wiles of the Devil say otherwise.
The Lord is not only powerful, but is also merciful. Though many will be troubled, the Lord endures forever, not our inflictions.
Man I cannot wait until the Peace of God is upon ALL of us, not only we as Christians but the Moment every knee bows
~Giving It ALL over to the LORD~
Understand that the flesh is weak but the spirit is willing (Mark 14:38) To surrender to Christ must be for betterment not for benefit ! You must trust in the Lord knowing that He will not lead you astray but lead you down the path of righteousness. Christ is/was the Hope of mankind and still is ! Draw near to the Lord and He will draw near to you (James 4:8) Try not to be dismayed nor be in fear of giving in to the Lord, but rejoice in His coming and the answered prayer/s. God gives generously, speak the words that are upon your heart and it will be given. Have faith that you will be redeemed and watch as the Lord works within you. (James 1:5) Giving in to the Lord is just as Proverbs 3:5-6 says, trust in the Lord will all your heart and in all ways acknowledge him, and He SHALL direct your paths. You see surrendering is knowing that you cannot do this yourself, knowing that it is beyond you and accepting Christ to take control. To "run" your life and direct you in a path of His righteousness (note not sinless, but a "godly" path, in a path of thanksgiving and absolute Love for Him) Without Love and Trust in God your left with nothing, because without Love for Him, his sacrifice would be in vain. He commands us to believe in our HEARTS that He died for us and that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:10) Accepting Christ as our Savior is a big step, the next step is allowing Him to come into our lives and be our Lord. Being the "Head of our House" guiding us and showing us where we go next and whom needs direction. He tells us to make a decision, to choose to serve Him, life is all about choices and I assure you. Making this choice will open your eyes, and your heart. (Joshua 24:15) Choose to follow the Lord and God will honor you ! (John 12:26) (Psalm 37:1-7) Surrendering to the Lord means committing yourself to the Lord and saying Lord, your now in control,you must be trusting in Him and be patient in each request, being confident in an answer. Saying to the Lord, I trust in you, for you are My God ! Deliver me from my transgression and shine your mercy upon me, save me from myself and renew me. Ask the Lord to bring forth his calling and not the works of man, to shine light upon his purpose for you and His grace which will keep you. (1 Timothy 1:8-9) "Many are called but few are chosen." (Mathew 22:14) Ask the Lord to make your paths straight, allow you to be the few of the chosen, "He who has an ear let him hear" incline your ear to the Lord and allow him to work through you. "In all ways acknowledge Him" and your life will be forever changed and be upheld by the Lord's righteousness.
Have the Lord write upon your heart that He will never leave you nor forsake you, in all things, He is there ! The Lord died for us, to give us Life therefore what good is it if He lets this blessing go without meaning? The Lord has plans for you to prosper, and not to harm you ! Draw close to Him
and do not let the fear of giving in to this GREAT LOVE overwhelm you, open up your heart and incline your ear, praise be to Him
for the free gift that is bestowed upon us. Life for Him, like He commands us, do His will and Love as He
loves us !
God bless you all and may the Lord continue to bless you in His truth, love, and Glory ! After-all, He is constant, and unfailing !