walking in the power of obedience

#86 Radical Surrender, Spiritual Greatness

Posted: Sunday, November 11th, 2018
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About The Power of Obedience Series

Obedience is not just a reflexive performance of God’s will. It is richer than we know, and its power is known by too few. Would you be one of them?

Devotional

“I have been before God: and have given myself, all that I am and have to God, so that I am not in any respect my own. I can claim no right in myself, no right in this understanding, this will, these affections that are in me, neither have I any right to this body or any of its members, no right to this tongue, these hands nor feet, no right to these senses, these ears, this smell or taste. I have given myself clear away… This I have done. And I pray God, for the sake of Christ, to look upon it as a self-dedication; and to receive me now as entirely His own and deal with me in all respects as such; whether He afflicts me or prospers me, or whatever He pleases to do with me, who am His.”
—Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards’ statement of surrender is probably the most powerful transaction with God I’ve ever read.

John Piper wrote of him: “No one in the last 300 years has seen more of heaven, more of hell, more of happiness and more of holiness than the New England pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). His vision of God and Christian living are unsurpassed in grandeur, gravity and gladness.”

The reason Jonathan Edwards dwelled in intimate joy with God, the reason for his theological soundness, the explanation for his place in Christian history is this one statement of his radical, unequivocal surrender to God, to be owned as in no way his own.

The measure of spiritual greatness is in exact proportion to the level of surrender to our Father in heaven.

Other Devotionals in The Power of Obedience Series

#118 A Surrender of Love #117 A Deeper Level of Obedience #116 Obedience is Alive in Love #115 The Basic Human Need #114 God Supplies Outlandish Love #113 No Part of You Exempt #112 Destined to Conquer #111 A Maimed Life that Few Will Have #110 Desperate and Begging for Love #109 Inexorably Bound Together #108 First Call of Obedience #107 Your Fullness Is Found Only in God #106 Our Source of Spiritual Nourishment #105 Jesus' Power of Obedience #104 The Delight of Jesus Christ #103 A Story of Obedience, Part 6 #102 A Story of Obedience, Part 5 #101 A Story of Obedience, Part 4 #100 A Story of Obedience, Part 3 #99 A Story of Obedience, Part 2 #98 A Story of Obedience, Part 1 #97 I Love Thy Commands Above Solid Gold #96 God's Commands Are a Treasure #95 God Treasures Our Obedience #94 Far-reaching Consequences #93 God Is Involved with Us #92 God Responds to Obedience #91 Solve Greed by Wanting God More #90 The Reason for Obedience #89 Discard Your Old Unrenewed Self #88 A Lovely Awakening of YOU #87 Your Identity within Obedience
#86 Radical Surrender, Spiritual Greatness (Currently Viewing)
#85 The Hidden Springs of the Will #84 The Hidden Element of Human Freedom #83 Total Surrender of My Will #82 Infused with the Power to Perform #81 What Is Spiritual Failure? #80 Reward for Obedience #79 To Diligently Hear the Voice of God #78 Focus on Jesus Enables Obedience #77 Blessings for Hearing God's Voice #76 What Is Our Original Purpose? #75 Only Sheep Hear the Shepherd #74 For They Know His Voice #73 Being a Sheep Following the Shepherd #72 My Sheep Listen to My Voice #71 The Obedient Life Within Us #70 Obedience to Rules and Traditions #69 Fellowship in Spirit with Obedience #68 Disobedience is Death #67 Blind Obedience to God #66 A Life Built of Matchsticks #65 The Result of Obedience #64 Your Allegiance to God #63 Choosing Between Self and God #62 Suffering and the Will of God #61 The Highest Consideration #60 Filled with the Knowledge of His Will #59 An Indwelling Gift of Obedience #58 Walking Into God's Heart #57 Obedience: Our Response and Need #56 Only Obedience Focuses You #55 You Obey What You Worship #54 Obedience is Health and Wholeness #53 We Must Be Doers of the Word #52 Breathtaking Adventure #51 The Inborn Dreams of Your Heart #50 The Other Side of Your Deadly Cross #49 The Splendid Circle of God's Will #48 Free of All Restraints in God's Will #47 Chosen for Your Generation #46 God is GOD #45 Inside the Perimeter of God's Will #44 God's Will is a Person #43 The Motive of God's Will #42 His Entire Satisfaction #41 Earnestly Seeking the Will of God #40 Treasure in the Will of God #39 He Woos Us to Obedience #38 Great Things Done by God Within Us #37 Only by Obedience Will We Know Jesus #36 Obedience Changes World History #35 The Story in Obedience #34 The Stage of an Ordinary Life #33 Obedience is a Drama #32 Obedience is an Adventure #31 Jesus' Obedience Secured It All #30 Dance with the Lover God #29 Follow the Lamb, Find the Cross #28 The Path We Walk with God #27 Obedience Is a Certain Path #26 Jesus Obeyed Because He Loved #25 To Do the Will of the Father #24 Obeying What He Saw #23 Beyond the Beginning of Obedience #22 What Obedience is Not #21 Obedience and the Narrow Gate #20 Obedience then Truth #19 By Obeying, I Follow Jesus #18 Free to Choose Obedience #17 Obedience is a Choice #16 Obedience is Not a Prison #15 The Things We Substitute for God #14 Abandoning Obedience #13 To Appear Obedient, Yet Not Be #12 Incentive of Obedience #11 Obedience is a Mystery #10 Obedience is Not about Right and Wrong #9 Valuable Lessons in Obedience #8 Education in Obedience #7 Under the Wings of the Most High #6 Obedience Is Heard, Not Assumed #5 The Only Place of Safety for Us #4 The Way to Bring the Kingdom #3 Power is Given to the Obedient #2 Am I an Obstacle or a Gateway? #1 True Power Lies in Obedience to God