How to Be Really Free

by Helen Grace Lescheid

Jesus replied, ‘If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
(John 8:34, 36). ..  “Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom
(2 Corinthians 3:17).

How do you feel about the word surrender?

It’s not a popular word in our culture. We are afraid that if we surrender we’ll be oppressed. Maybe a person in authority has abused us and colored our concept of surrender.

I have a friend who spent three years in a Japanese prison camp. He witnessed cruel beatings and insults on a daily basis.  Even now, many years later, he is afraid to give himself to God. He thinks he’ll lose his freedom.

But the opposite is true. We gain freedom.

When we surrender and Christ takes over, He sets us free from the sins that harm us and hurt others. When we truly grasp His love for us, we can let go of the fears that keep us bound. When we fill our minds with His truths, we’re set free from negative thought patterns that drag us down.

Walking in God’s way of surrender, we live in harmony with how we were created. We reach our highest potential.  We become more fulfilled and content. I’ve discovered that the more I surrender to Jesus, the more truly alive I am.

Sometimes I ask myself, “Why wouldn’t I want to surrender to Someone who is bigger and wiser than I am. Somebody who loves me, knows me, and always wants the best for me and my loved ones?”

How about you? Are you ready to surrender yourself and your loved ones to God?

Lord Jesus, I surrender myself to you to do your will and your work today. With my mind, I want to think your thoughts.  With my eyes, I want to see each person as you see them. With my heart, I want to love you more fervently and others more selflessly.

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5 Responses to How to Be Really Free

  1. bernie moraga says:

    About surrender:
    The moment of surrender is great and easy, the difficulty is on the process of surrender.
    Is a 24/7 kind of deal. Every day you have to put energy and time in working on those “little foxes who spoil the vineyard”

  2. Anthony Endsor says:

    I know I need to surrender to God. My problem is I’m too frightened to do it. With not knowing what God would have me do I try to avoid the subject when I am praying. But then of course I get no answers to prayers so it is difficult.

  3. Stephen Bernard says:

    Yes. The Spirit of Jesus sets us free. In order to get freedom, listen to Him and obey. Then you will free. I was freed from my affliction of paralysis, when He told me to” Get up”, I got up and was healed! I was healed not only from palsy but also freed from addictions of tobacco and alcohol. Praise the Lord!
    Thank you for this encouraging devotional.
    God bless you and keep you.

  4. Marion says:

    I thank you for that meditation on surrender.It was good for me to see as I have been sick and I have to surrender to God that He will minister to me.Make me well again so that I can not be weak and go about my activities again. Marion

  5. So beautifully said and so true. Thank you. I love the song – All to Jesus I surrender and I sing it often.

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