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Volume 2, Issue 7, July 2009

7/29/2009

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Surrender's Peace

Ken Nix

Wednesday, 7/29/2009

Kenneth Nix

Peace is a word often heard when discussing disagreements between nations. World leaders will all declare that they want peace, yet peace isn't found in this world's nations. You may have truces and cease fires but continual peace is an elusive dream for man. We know that  this will continually be the case until our Lord Jesus returns.

But what about peace in our homes and in our lives?  Is this also an elusive dream that won't find its reality until the return of our Messiah? For many that may seem to be the case, but it doesn't have to be.

I am a happily married man and have a beautiful wife and we have been blessed with four sons. Three of my sons have passed the teenage years and one has yet to approach them. We have a nice home in the country. My wife works a full time job as do I. We each have a car as do three of our children. Three of our sons live with us at the time of the writing of this article. One of them is married and he and his wife are simply living with my wife and I temporarily as they purchase a new home.

I am also now a grandfather of a beautiful baby girl. Things seem to always be hopping at my home with all the many activities. We also have other young people stay with us or visit us  most weekends.

I still owe a mortgage on my home. I still owe on our cars. Our car insurance is high along with all the taxes. I now work a job where  my salary is about a third of what I use to make. I have had my fair share of dealing with credit cards, school loans, etc… Most of what I describe would fit many families across the United States. So how am I and my family different?  We have a wonderful blessing from the Mighty Ones of heaven, and that blessing is peace.

The peace I am talking about is not found in text books or “how to” books. The peace I have is a blessed freedom from worry. So many people worry over just about everything in their lives and truthfully are unable to do much about the worries they have.

In Matthew 6:27-34, we read, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, o ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

There are precious pearls within these scriptures so take a few minutes to review them. First lets address what is not being said. This is not saying that you shouldn't work. Some look and see “toil not” and think we should just sit back and do nothing. God's word does not contradict itself. Sometimes we lack understanding but the concept of line upon line and precept upon precept is a good one. (see Isaiah 28:10) Let’s take a quick look at a scripture concerning work and providing for oneself and family. I Timothy  5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worst than an infidel.” So if these words are not  talking about sitting back and doing nothing, what is the meaning of these verses in Matthew?

It is obvious that this is showing us that if we trust God that he will provide. To trust, we must surrender. When we surrender  the worries will disappear and we shall have peace!

These scriptures in Matthew  discuss the basics of our physical needs. Food, drink and clothing are mentioned. So God is saying that he will provide these things, he will provide our needs. We do our part by working faithfully at the jobs given to us. But we are to do our work with joy and without worry, knowing that all is in the hands of the Mighty Ones of heaven!

Further guidance is found in   Matthew 6:19, “Lay not up yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”  So many today just can not relax unless they have a lot of money in the bank, or in stocks, or in 401K's or other retirement plans. So many became distraught over our failing stock market as they saw savings disappear. With this came worry, worry that they would never be able to retire, worry that they would never be able to provide their children with an education, etc…

But what does worry do for you? What are the benefits of this fruitless exercise? You may be blessed with ulcers, high blood pressure, depression, or tension. There are medications taken by many each day to combat sickness that is rooted in stress and worry. Others may seek the comfort of alcoholic beverages and other ways to combat the worry and stress in their lives. In the first verse we referred to in Matthew it asked the question, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” We can easily answer that one, can't we? We cannot physically elongate our bones, muscles, etc….to make ourselves taller. We can attempt to appear taller by wearing shoes with higher heels, or having our hair fixed so that it can take care of some of the height problem, but the truth is that we can't really do anything that is permanent to  make ourselves taller. Worry is just like that and this is the point that is being made.  Worry does none of any good because it provides no solutions.

I spoke of my children earlier. My oldest son traveled a few days ago to Maine, where he and his cousin are going to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail. They will be gone for months while they do this. I am thrilled for them. Where the trail begins is in a very deserted section of northern Maine. My wife heard from them when they landed in New York, but then nothing. We had hoped to hear that they had arrived at their camp site safely, but instead we went to bed without hearing anything further. I slept very well, thank you. I have surrendered my children unto the Mighty Ones of heaven. They love them far greater than I do and I have great love for them.

So many in our stressful world today cannot say this. They haven't surrendered their children and they spend  a lot of wasted time worrying about them. I know I have been blessed in the fact that my children are walking in the light. They make mistakes as we all do, but they have been baptized and do believe. This, of course, doesn't include our nine year old. But I am teaching him and I pray he will also surrender his life to our Lord when the time comes. But whether your children walk in the light or not, you must surrender them upon the altar of God. How do you do this? You show them love, you be there for them, you pray for them, you do what a good parent would do, but you release the worry, you turn them over to God's capable hands. The Almighty God knows the beginning from the end. He loves all that have ever lived and all that will live. Trust him and surrender the worry and find peace. This principle works with all of your loved ones. Don't worry about family members, surrender them unto God! Follow the same principles of being a light, show love,  and pray for them, but surrender them!

A lot of people worry about losing their jobs in our present economy. They worry about the house payments, the car payments, the utility bills, etc… Surrender it to God! How you may ask? First you pay tithes. Now that may seem like a strange beginning, but this is the right place to start. You begin by recognizing, just as you did with your children, that all things belong to God. If you believe that then pay him first. You pay a tenth of your gross income. (For more information on tithing read the article on this in the newsletter archives found on our website.)

I mentioned that I now make less than I once did. Did I mention that God has blessed me with the most wonderful job in the world? Did I mention that he provided his flock with guidance on tithing and that since I have faithfully been following the principles that unexplainably my wife and I have been able to pay all bills and continue to be provided for in so many ways?!  Did I tell you that I can't explain how this works, but that it does! I don't worry about my job, I don't worry about my bills. I try to follow sound principles with my money, but I surrender and trust the Almighty God and our loving Savior. This is what is needed to   trust and have the peace of surrender.

Surrender, can be a difficult thing. It is something that comes with belief. Belief requires faith and trust, and trust will lead to surrender. Some may feel they have surrendered, but a good gauge of surrender is to  determine how much worry you have. In a message from our Lord Jesus on July 2, 2008, He stated, “I have told you that fret and anxiety is evidence that you have not surrendered.” In Matthew 6:33, we were told to seek the kingdom of God first. We do this by putting him first. So try it, pay your tithes before all bills, trust God a little, show obedience to his tithing laws and see what happens. Do what you should as a parent and release your children unto God and see what happens.

Surrender all unto them. Surrender your jobs unto God, surrender all possessions unto God, surrender family unto God, surrender your health and your bodies, surrender your concerns, your troubles, surrender your hopes, dreams, ambitions, surrender your future unto God, surrender all fears, and worries unto God, surrender your reputations unto God, surrender all pride and ego upon the altar, surrender your knowledge and wisdom, surrender all possessions and all resources, surrender your every thought, word and deed unto God, surrender your mind unto God. Seek guidance in all things, and pray before you make decisions. Surrender your lives unto God. In other words, we are to surrender everything unto God and then we will have freedom from worry. Then you will have joy in your life, you will be able to lift hands in praise and go before the Mighty Ones of heaven on your knees in true submission. To live a life of complete surrender does require trust. Are you ready to step out upon the water? Are you ready to keep your eyes on Jesus? Can you release everything and truly let go?

So give your lives to God. Surrender everything. A good place to begin is to start in prayer and surrender your days unto God. The Mighty Ones of heaven truly do take care of our needs, this we must truly believe for in belief we will trust and have surrender's peace.

 

 

 

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