Surrender

October 28, 2019

“It is a surrendering of our fleshly will (our gnomic will) to the will of God, which involves our spiritual will (our noetic will). This comes through kenosis, emptying ourselves of our theories, our carnal thoughts, our opinions, and our sins before God. When we do this, the Holy Spirit shows us who we really are: one made in His image, our true-self, a child of God in all splendor and glory.” (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

 

“The Spirit wants to lead you. "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom. 8: 14). But you must want to be led by Him. This means surrendering to His sovereignty completely and without reservation. It means putting all doubt and hesitation aside. You have to allow the Holy Spirit to take control of every area of your life and to yield to His promptings…I have learned that He does not seek perfect vessels to channel His grace, but yielding vessels, the ones that are ready to be used for His purposes and in His service. God knows how to use us as His instruments despite our infirmities and imperfections. All He wants from us is humble surrender to the promptings of His Holy Spirit and willingness to be used.” (Father Eusebius Stephanou)

 

“We can never gain true knowledge of God in our minds. Such divine knowledge is only given to the heart — the heart that has been blessed by God with purity, through tears of repentance and total surrender of one’s will to Him.” (St. John Chrysostom)

 

“If we conceal our wounds, out of fear or shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others…When we surrender our suffering and brokenness to God, we are on the path to wisdom and might.” (Brennan Manning, Marlena Graves)

 

“...God comes into our lives when we invite Him with all our being, opening the gates of our heart from the inside. He will not come uninvited... The moment you are willing to give over your whole self to God- surrendering your life, your loved ones, your health, your victories and defeats, He will come to you and help you in ways you never dreamed possible.” (Fr. Vojislav Dosenovich)

 

"Surrendering is not giving up or giving in, it is giving yourself to Him completely. It is not waving a white flag of defeat. It is accepting His victory. It is an act of will rooted in wisdom. It is an act of communion.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“Surrender is not passive but active. Surrender is opening my hands and heart to be filled by God...This is called surrender of the self…The Lord wants us to joyfully desire His way, His plans, His will.” (Albert S. Rossi)

 

 “Our contemplation produces within us a response of awe, gratitude and surrender, which leads to deeper contemplation and defines the never-ending cycle of our communion with Him...a person must surrender all things in order to receive Christ.” (Kevin Scherer, Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 13:44-46)

 

“Every Christian undergoes a lifelong series of surrenders which wean us away from the material-centered life into which we were born and reshape us into persons wholly submitted to Christ our God. Surrender to Him is a commitment that supersedes all other loyalties. This way of life forms an unshakable bond between ourselves and Christ as Master.” (Dynamis 5/6/2014)

 

 “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament…. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationship (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)