Are you ready to give up? Good because surrender activates the grace of God in our lives.
The moment we know we need Him, we surrender our lives to His care. Later when we are trying so hard to make things work and can’t understand why He’s not helping us, it takes that same surrender to engage His grace.
The grace of God is like the backdrop of our lives. It’s always there, always available. The problem is we don’t think we need it.
In so many words we say, “No thank you, God. I’ve got this.” And we try to overcome a problem with which we’ve always had difficulty. We just feel if we try this one more thing we will have it licked.
We think, “I should be able to take care of this myself. I don’t need to bother God with it. After all, it’s my problem.”
All the time, God has this full deck of grace cards asking you to choose one. The problem is, you don’t reach for even one.
You play with your own cards. He, though, holds the winning hand. You know it and He knows it. He even tells you He has the answer, but you ignore it.
You say, “I can do this myself.”
In His book of cards, He tells us “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”1
Anyone who reads my blog knows these days I readily admit my weakness has always been food made with processed sugar and flour
However, when I was super morbidly obese, I lived in denial. It’s really difficult to appear like everything is fine when you can’t fit in a restaurant booth, buy clothes a a normal store or walk without sitting down every five steps.
I wanted to act like I had it all together, but anyone with eyes could tell I had a weakness. I know some people say, “Well maybe you had a medical issue.”
Let me explain something, all the medical issues I had, or the majority of any others had, as a morbidly obese person are issues that can be solved by eating the right food.
I constantly craved the wrong foods. I have a broken metabolism that doesn’t mitigate my desire for sugar and carbohydrates, especially bread. That is a medical issue. For me the fix was to stop eating those things, but I felt there was no way I could do that.
And I couldn’t until I surrendered them. I laid them on the altar. I admitted my weakness. I gave up what I craved.
I didn’t just say I was doing it, I started doing it. I asked God for help, but I took action, as well.
Surrender is an action, not a statement. God needed to see me putting feet to my words. He needed to know I meant business.
It was then that grace once again activated in my life. It became the wind at my back that propelled me forward.
“Grace is the operational power of God to do what I couldn’t do one second before” I surrendered. Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church said the first part and I added the I surrendered.
It does take action. He won’t force us to make a change like giving up sugar. If we know He’s telling us to do it and we start, He will give us the power to carry it out.
He did it for me. He’ll do it for you.
Just give up.
1 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.