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Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2008

7/31/2008

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A Heart Surrendered

David Nix

Thursday, 7/31/2008

 The phrase, "Lets get to the heart of the matter" is one that is familiar to most people. It simply means to get to the main point or main aspect of something. This goes hand and hand with the concept of getting rid of the confusion or added items and simply getting to well...the heart of the matter. When it comes to surrender, the heart is where it has to start. When talking of the heart the reference isn't of the hollow, muscular organ that circulates the blood by alternate dilation and contraction. It isn't referring to the physical at all. It is referring to the spiritual.  Look at Deuteronomy 6:5, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."

There is a similar verse in Luke 10:27. The Greek for "heart" is "kardeeah" which is referring to the mind, thoughts and feelings.  The Hebrew word for "heart" is "lebab" which means understanding. The other references to the soul and might refer to breath, and force, or breathing creature. The breath, the strength, the mind, and feelings are all spiritual.  This is also the source of surrender. It is spiritual. God has shown us that we are spirit within clay temples. Our focus is to be on the spirit. Jesus tells us in John 4: 24, "God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Our worship, our praise, our surrender though conducted through bodily actions is all of the spirit. We need to also look at the messages we are receiving from the Almighty God and his Son, Jesus, for they have mentioned many times the need for surrender. In a message received on Friday, May 19, 2006 from the Almighty God, he states, “The Lord thy God is a jealous God. He understands the hearts of men. He has a desire for you, but you must surrender your heart. Submit to his power, his control, his will. For in the death of the old man you shall find newness of life.”

 In this message we are shown an aspect of the surrendered heart. With a surrendered heart you will submit totally to God for him to fulfill his desires for you. In this surrender we will find newness of life. In another message on May 26, 2006, God tells us to: "Open your heart to him; remove what remains of the barriers of your heart. Surrender everything to God.” Darkness prevents the fullness of light within us. Pride, self-will, knowledge, and lack of belief can all be barriers to a full and complete surrender. In messages from the Mighty Ones in heaven, we have been shown that there is peace, mercy, and grace that are received when our hearts are surrendered. We have also been shown that without surrender we have sorrow, pain, strife, stress, and anxiety. All are proofs of an un-surrendered heart. In some of the first lessons received from the Mighty Ones in heaven we were taught the lesson of surrender. We were given the beautiful concept of being as a leaf upon the river, which deals with letting go and giving our lives to God and his Son in absolute surrender. "Be as a leaf which falls from a tree into the river of life; let the water take you where it will, for the living water will release you. It will lead you to the power of absolute surrender.”

 In the messages from the Almighty God and Jesus we were also taught of the Place of Knowing. Surrender was in a couple of the points of reaching this place. "To come to the place of knowing, you must surrender all pride and strongholds. You must seek the cloak of humility," and in another point the message stated, "You must come to me in complete surrender and cry out for my mercy to help you do these things. For some strongholds only fall by the power of the Almighty. The deep things of God are revealed by him.”

 It is in surrender that we can find victory as expressed in the message of Saturday, May 27, 2006, "Let his love fill you, and you shall truly know and experience the fullness of God, for there is a place where surrender leads to victory." Surrender isn't an option but is a needful state of being. In my first personal message given from Jesus Christ concerning the love of a brother, he poses the following questions to me, "You have a brother that you would die for, but will you die for me? Will you lay down your life, surrender your all, forsake all and surrender all?" These are questions that we need to ask ourselves and our answer must be yes.

 In Webster's dictionary we are given the following definition for surrender, "to give up possession of; yield to another on compulsion, to give up or abandon." We have to realize that we are not our own but have truly been purchased by the blood of our Savior as stated in  I Corinthians  6: 20, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit."

We have to let go of our pride along with all the other barriers, we must yield to God and allow him to soften our stony hearts. We have to abandon our ways and our will. In one message God gave us “Keys to Surrender and Victory.” “Accept nothing but daily submission. Come at least three times a day before me. Ask me to help you submit. Allow no barriers to come between us. Root away anything that blocks your time from me. Read my word every day for at least thirty minutes; fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes each night before you sleep. Do not listen to divisive words. Allow no impure thoughts or words to take root. Doubt comes from within. Doubt destroys surrender. Pray that the Lord Jesus will cloak you with humility. Humility is the path to surrender. Look to his example. Give up the things that separate us. The idols I reveal, do not allow them back in. Put them far from you. Call upon the Lamb of God. See his blood. You are his killer. Sin separates us. You are guilty of his precious blood. Surrender all sin to him. Don’t keep the secret sins any longer.”

Surrender isn't something that you simply pray for and forget. One of the primary barriers to total surrender is pride. It is a constant danger and has to be prayed about on a daily basis. In the message of the "Keys to Surrender and Victory" we are shown keys, or points, that require daily sacrifice. In the 80th parable entitled, "Remove The Thorn Of Pride", Jesus Christ instructs us and his disciples of the danger of pride and the need of surrender, "The answer is found in surrender, but it is not an easy thing, for pride is what prevents absolute surrender. Meekness is the state of knowing that all that you are, that all that you have, all that you know or shall ever know, that all that you possess or shall ever possess, that everything you are or shall become is of the Father. You are not your own, you are the clay, and the Great I AM is the potter. Worship is crucial to reach this state of knowing, for in worship and praise the lofty heart lifts up the one worthy of praise and worship. Pride is not a barrier that will leave and never return, for pride is the way of the dark ones. You must surrender daily, and walk daily in the light. ”

 In sports there is a term used called "the sweet spot". In our daily walk with the Mighty Ones in heaven it is called the place of knowing. When we release all control, all pride and totally surrender, then we walk in that sweet spot and will know the peace, joy, and fullness that God desires for us. 

 

 

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