Since I cannot live on yesterday’s surrender to God, how/where will I surrender to Him today?
Seriously ask yourself this question. Chances are that you know exactly where you need to surrender and submit. Wait, to surrender AND submit? What’s the difference between the two?
In Isaiah, chapter 36, King Sennacherib has just captured the cities of Judah. In verse 16 the Assyrian King to trying to get the Israelites to surrender to him. The Hebrew word used here, yâṣâ’, means to pull out, to lay down, to stop. There is no, stop this and start that. It simply means to stop. Don’t start anything, just stop, stop moving.
Now that we understand surrendering, what about sumitting? James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (NKJV). In James 4:7 the word submit, hypotassō in Greek , comes from two words. The first word, hypo, means: to be under or inferior to. The second word, tassō, a verb, means: to appoint, to put in order. Combined these words and it mean to actively, with intention, place ourselves under God. Along with this comes movement. Movement in obeying God.
When we combine the acts of surrendering with submitting we cease our own agenda and start doing His and this comes with a warning. I’ve said, many times, that it’s one thing to resist, to look at the enemy but it’s another thing when the enemy looks back. When you square off, when you chose to make a stand and to no longer do this or that and to start something new you will certainly meet opposition. This is the enemy looking back at you. Your flesh will fight for what it yerns for. What it wants. What it’s been used to getting. Know that the enemy’s minions will also rise up in times like these to further enhance the enticement.
But… “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NKJV).