I admit, I am not quick to read books written by women. (At least, not when the guys are around.) It is not that I am chauvinistic. It is that I am simply unable to connect some of the dots – the feminine references, jokes and contexts. (I like to think that I am just too manly.) There are, however, some that I have enjoyed. But none have I enjoyed as much as Surrender: The Heart God Controls by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. The book made me reconsider my hesitancies to books by females.
As the title lends us to think, the book is about surrendering ourselves to God. Though we sin less, we are not sinless. We have stubborn habits, secret sins, spiritual strongholds. And, as the book says, “The key isn’t how committed you are to the battle – it’s how surrendered you are to God.” I liken it to Jerry Bridges’ famous book, The Pursuit of Holiness. You cannot win the battle against sin until you learn to surrender.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts, a radio program for women heard daily on more than 500 outlets nationwide.
Here are some highlights:
- Genuine saving faith is always accompanied by repentance and must be followed by ongoing growth in obeying God (2 Peter 1:4-8); that does not mean perfect obedience, to be sure, but a desire to move from rebellion toward greater surrender to and satisfaction in God.
- To surrender to the Creator’s control is not onerous or burdensome; it is, in fact, the place of blessing, fullness, and peace.
- Even if you are stubborn and think you will not submit to anyone, you will always be submitting to someone or something – and that can be extremely dangerous. Even life-threatening.
- From the moment we were conceived, we were at war with God.
- We have nothing to lose by signing the blank contract with God.
- Our initial surrender to Christ was the launching pad for a lifetime of continual surrender and sacrifice.
- Many of our fears about relinquishing total control of our lives to God fall into four categories: provision, pleasure, protection, personal relationships.
- If we are unwilling to trust God with our happiness and well-being, and we insist on the pursuit of temporal pleasures, we may become dominated by overeating, getting drunk or using drugs, sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, obsession with television or films or novels, being irresponsible, or living beyond our means.
The above excerpts are often paraphrased slightly for reasons of brevity. They are solely to capture your interest in order that you might lend yourself to purchase the book for your own reading.