“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” It. Is. God. He has given us free will to choose how we will behave in this world. That is why it is so very important that we surrender our will to Him. You see, even though we are able to make any choice we want, a lot of those choices are not good for us, and are especially not glorifying to Him. But if we totally surrender our will to Him, He will train and mold us to be what He desires us to be. This must be a daily choice, sometimes a minute-by-minute choice to turn our hearts toward Him. Say “no” to temptations and “yes” to holy living. Even if that means giving up a part of what used to be a normal lifestyle for you. Please don’t think living for God is undesirable in any way. God gives good gifts to His children. Gifts of love, joy, and peace.
The way to surrender ourselves to obeying Him is to begin with renewing our minds. Start off each day with time spent in God’s Word.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Colossians 3:1 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
We must continually guard what we allow to enter our minds. Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” Our minds are a playground for the devil to work out his schemes. He can whisper lies to us and if we are not careful, we will believe them. It is so important to fill our minds with the truth of God’s Word. Then we can stop the devil in his tracks by quoting God’s Word back to him. This is what Jesus did three times when He was tempted in the desert.
Psalm 119:9-11 “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
We must not only guard our minds, we must also guard our emotions. Satan attacks us primarily through what we desire. Think back on the first sin with Eve. Satan came to her and appealed to her desire for the “delicious apple”. Even though God had specifically told Adam and Eve not to eat from that tree, Satan came to her and twisted God’s words so that she was confused and gave in to the temptation. This is one of his tactics that we need to be aware of. Our defense is always with the Word of God.