walking in the power of obedience

#86 Radical Surrender

Posted: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
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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

#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 #135 The Will of God for YOU #134 Surrender Without Resistance #133 Receive All #132 What Delights God? #131 Surrender Brings Bliss #130 Peculiar Joy #129 Our Consuming God #128 Surrender Before Obedience #127 Before Obedience #126 Desire for His Agenda #125 An Obedient Abode #124 Beloved Companion #123 The Absence of Love #122 The Motivation to Obey #121 And I Will Love Them #120 Four Rewards #119 Simple Contract #118 A Surrender of Love #117 A Deeper Level of Obedience #116 Obedience is Alive #115 The Basic Human Need #114 Outlandish Love #113 No Part of You Exempt #112 Destined to Conquer #111 A Maimed Life #110 Begging for Love #109 Inexorably Bound #108 First Call of Obedience #107 Your Fullness #106 Nourishment #105 Jesus' Power of Obedience #104 Jesus' Own Delight #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 Solid Gold #96 God's Commands Are a Treasure #95 God Treasures Our Obedience #94 Far-reaching Consequences #93 God is Involved #92 God Responds to Us #91 Wanting God More #90 The Reason for Obedience #89 Discard Your Old Self #88 A Lovely Awakening #87 Your Identity within Obedience
#86 Radical Surrender (Currently Viewing)
#85 Hidden Springs #84 Human Freedom #83 Surrender of the Will #82 Power to Perform #81 Spiritual Failure #80 Reward for Obedience #79 Diligently #78 Focus #77 Blessings for Hearing #76 Original Purpose #75 Sheep Hear #74 His Voice #73 Being a Sheep #72 Following, Not Doing #71 The Obedient Life Within #70 Rules and Traditions #69 Fellowship in Spirit #68 Disobedience is Death #67 To See All Things #66 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 Knowledge of His Will #59 An Indwelling Gift #58 Into God's Heart #57 Obedience: Our Response and Need #56 Obedience Focuses You #55 You Obey What You Worship #54 Obedience is Health #53 Doers of the Word #52 Breathtaking Adventure #51 Inborn Dreams #50 Deadly Cross #49 Delighted Secret #48 Free of All Restraints #47 For Your Generation #46 God is GOD #45 His Generous Boundary #44 His Will is a Person #43 The Motive of God's Will #42 His Entire Satisfaction #41 Earnestly Sought #40 Treasure in the Will of God #39 He Woos Us to Obedience #38 Great Things #37 Only by Obedience #36 Obedience Changes World History