What does it mean to surrender to YAHUAH?
Surrender is a term that is generally used to refer to losing or giving up in a battle. When we surrender to YAHUAH, we are choosing to give up the fight between our selfish sinful man and YAHUAH. We surrender our will to His and this helps us to have a relationship with Him. Each time we surrender more of ourselves to Him, we are able to become more filled with and guided by the RUACH HA’QODESH (SET APART Spirit) (Ephesians 5:18).
The reason we have to make the choice to surrender to YAHUAH is because of the original surrender of this world to the Devil at the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:17–19). This made Satan the “elohiym (god) of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and caused all people to be born under the power of sin because of Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12). Until YAHUSHA returns and takes His rightful place as the final authority and ruler over all, we have to make the decision over and over to surrender our minds, wills, and actions to Him (Romans 8:20–22; 12:1–2).
Our first stage of surrender is the surrender of our lives to YAHUAH when we are saved. The RUACH HA’QODESH (SET APART Spirit) draws us to Messiah and we make the choice to surrender ourselves to Him and receive His free gift of salvation (John 6:44; Acts 2:21). When we choose to submit to the headship of YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH, we become YAHUAH’s children (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21). We are new creations in Messiah (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As we continue to grow in our walk with YAHUAH, it becomes more natural and more necessary to surrender more of our lives to Him so that we may know Him more closely and serve Him more effectively. This continuation of our surrender enables us to be filled more and more with the RUACH HA’QODESH (SET APART Spirit), showcasing His character and the fruit of the RUACH (Spirit) (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22–23).
When we seek YAHUAH, we find Him (Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7–11). This leads us to multiple points of decision throughout the course of our lives. Each decision we make comes down to surrender: Will we surrender to YAHUAH and His will for our lives, or will we live for ourselves without submitting to Him? The battle to surrender our will to YAHUAH’s is a difficult and ongoing one, but it is for our good. The choice to engage in the battle is ours (Joshua 24:15).
YAHUAH calls us to live lives that are surrendered to Him so that we may be “instruments of His righteousness” (Romans 6:13), denying our fleshly desires for the greater cause of YAHUSHA Messiah (Mark 8:34). When we surrender our minds, wills, and actions to YAHUSHA, we exchange our life for His: “I have been crucified with Messiah. It is no longer I who live, but Messiah who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of ELOHIYM, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). YAHUSHA surrendered His life for ours, so we surrender our lives for Him. In doing this, we grow closer to Him, help draw others to Him, and reap a heavenly reward (Luke 6:22–23).