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Just Surrender

Surrendering seems to be the last thing you'd want to do when it comes to your mental health. After all, "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)." But there is a place for surrender in the Christian life.

We all have burdens—often these burdens are more than we can bear in our own strength. When we try to handle these things ourselves, we become angry, stressed out—even depressed. But when we instead surrender the issue to God, trust Him—and then wait until He makes it clear what to do—we can find a lot of relief, and quickly.

Our part is to allow Him to carry the burden, not panic and walk wisely. We need to keep both our thoughts and our behavior under control.

We also need to remember to adjust our attitude toward God: Instead of becoming angry at God, we need to praise Him and thank Him from our heart. We cannot do this unless we also trust Him.

Going through trials is part of life. Expect them. And don't get dismayed when they come. The advantage of being a Christian is twofold: 1) By knowing and obeying Scripture, we can prevent many trials from occurring in the first place. 2) By knowing and using Scripture, we have the tools we need to get through these trials and not be defeated by them.

 

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