5/16 Learning to Submit your Conscience for better Total Wholeness

As we have discussed in our last posts, the Conscience has been programmed throughout our childhood, our teen years and into adulthood to believe certain things.   However, as we have said, some of these things the Conscience believes are NOT TRUE!  Trying to sort through what is true and what are false assumptions, half-truths and outright lies can be a long process…..unless we learn to handle the Conscience the way our Creator design for us.

One of the important tasks our Conscience has to in reaching for Total Wholeness is to learn to surrender.  In this post, we shall see what surrender really means and how to see the self-talk and views that stop that growth.

A. EVERYONE SURRENDERS TO SOMETHING

You are free to choose what you surrender to but you are not free of the consequences of what you surrender to.  Whatever you yield to, will control you.  Often we follow self will, stubborn pride, or personal ambition – all things that stop God’s blessings on our life.  Father God must sometimes challenge our pride (usually through pain), in order to change our will.

1.  What Surrender really means

Surrendering to God does not mean fatalism, an excuse for being lazy, passive resignation or accepting life as the ‘status quo’.  His path is not for doormats or cowards.

Surrendering to His image brings out our true unique personality.  It affirms us and encourages us to grow to maturity.

Surrendering to God gives you peace to accept His will – on everything – because the will has learned to trust His love.  Stubborn temptations and overwhelming problems can be defeated by Christ when given to Him.

2.  Surrender makes us usable in His hands.

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.”  Nothing is more powerful than a surrendered life in God’s hands.

So surrender is not the best way to live – it’s the only way to live.

B.  THREE BARRIERS THAT BLOCK OUR SURRENDER:

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren lists three things we must work through to help our will and the whole BR to accept the concept of surrender: fear, pride and confusion.

1.  “Can I trust God?”  Our BR won’t surrender if there they don’t really trust that He has our best interests at heart.  Out of His perfect love comes liberation, not bondage.

2.  “Can I admit my limitations?”  The oldest temptation is to ‘be like God’.  This desire means that we want to have complete control over our life.  We don’t realize it, but we are really only fighting against God.  It’s when we are brought to the end of ourselves that we can find Answers and break through our limitations.  That’s where pride and the Enemy doesn’t want us to go.

3.  “…but giving Him control means my loss of control”

When confusion and chaos is all around us, that is precisely when we need His clarity.

All of these beliefs are based on what our Conscience has been told … but what is the truth?  Do we blindly believe what others tell us – about ourselves and our abilities?  What can be the foundation to build a totally whole Conscience from the beginning?  Join us in our next post to see what driving our Conscience into this state if ‘unbelief’?

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com

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