Monday, January 25, 2010

Obey and Surrender

Let me just start out by talking about what My One Word is. A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the concept of instead of making resolutions every January to pray and ask God what is one word that he wants me to focus on and commit to. So, last year that word was EMBRACE and this year, it's SURRENDER. My word came to me through doing my Bible Study and here are some things that led me to choose this word.
The Spiritual Man: 1 Corinthians 2:15 says that the spiritual man can discern or examine correctly the things of the Spirit. She lives and thinks in a capacity far beyond that of a "mere man." The spiritual life rests upon a deliberate choice to surrender - it never comes naturally. On the other hand, sin is the natural thing. Surrender must be a daily choice. We are spiritual when we are out of control and the Holy Spirit is in control.

OK, so on to my first test of surrendering. For 8 days now I have felt the Lord telling me to do something, but honestly could not bring myself to do it. I have come up with every excuse in the book to NOT do this (grrr...I hate when the flesh is stronger than the Spirit), but I keep hearing that still small voice telling me what He wants me to do. So, I've decided to obey (finally) and am excited to see the lesson that will be learned in the process.

Some of you may think this is super shallow and easy, but for me, it won't be. I am going to be "fasting" from all television and from my computer except to take care of my breast cancer care group stuff and to watch my Beth Moore bible study video. That means...for 3 days (that's the number I keep feeling like I should do) I will not be able to watch ANY of my favorite reality shows or late night TV shows. Trust me when I say that I may be addicted to The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, The Real Housewives, etc... and I have been feeling somewhat convicted at watching some of these shows. This also means that I will not be on facebook, email, or the blogs until Friday.

I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me over the next few days and cannot wait to get even closer to Him. I pray that when the urge to turn on the TV comes over me, that I will immediately grab my Bible and delve in instead.

So, pray for me to do this 100% and to embrace the process fully. I'll update later.