Class 18: Let God Be Your All in All (Part 3)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL.
Allow me to begin with a word from Elisabeth Elliot. She said, “If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
First, we learned that we ought to commit ourselves to God because of the mercy He has bestowed on our lives. Romans 12:1 instructs us to surrender our lives to Him because of His mercy and because it is our reasonable service to do so. Second, we learned we ought to commit ourselves to God as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable in His sight. Third, we learned we ought to commit ourselves to God by allowing Him to direct our ways. Psalm 37:5 promises us that if we commit our ways to the Lord, He will work everything out according to His plan and He will give us our heart’s desires.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Third, you must completely surrender your will to God’s will. Your daily prayer should be the same as Jesus’ when He was in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). When you are completely sold-out to God’s will for your life, then you begin to make God your all in all.
Daughters and YBW, may I lovingly encourage you to let God be everything to you. Depend on Him, be committed to Him, surrender your will to His, and be the joyful, powerful, Christian woman that He wants you to be.
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
We can allow God to be our all in all by being totally dependent on God and by being fully committed to Him. We can also allow God to be our all in all by completely surrendering our will to God’s will. Let us look at the following ways in which we can do that:
- We surrender our will to God’s will by trusting Him fully and completely.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Psalm 9:10 says, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Trusting God fully and completely means that we rely on God to work everything out according to His will and His way. This means that we do not have to defend ourselves, manipulate others, attempt to control situations and people, be critical, be verbally harmful, react to every situation, try to get back at others, or force our agenda. When we trust God we give everything about us over to Him. This does not denote weakness, instead it shows that we are placing our trust in someone stronger than any adversity or negativity that we may face. When we are not trusting God, we become frustrated, stressed, and worried because we are depending on ourselves. It is a hard truth to accept, but we are nothing without God and we can do nothing without God. Since this is true, it would behoove us to learn to trust God with our lives. People who know God will trust Him. Trust is an outgrowth of our knowledge and experience with God. Many of us trust our parents because we know them, we know what they will say or how they will act. Likewise, we can trust God based on what we know about Him as revealed in His Word.
- We surrender our will to God’s by waiting for His timing.
Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
Patience is one of the least sought-after virtues in our world. We don’t like to wait. When we want something, the first thing we want to know is whether or not it is available and the second thing we want to know is how fast we can get it. However, patience is a fruit of the spirit and it is something that God will make sure we learn. God is in no rush to do anything in the world. He works by His own time table and His time table is rarely the same as ours. The person who trusts in the Lord not only trusts in His ability to do for him what he cannot do for himself, but he also trusts in His timing. We cannot say that we trust God while trying to push through our own agenda. We cannot say that we trust God while trying to be in control of our lives. When we rely on God for everything, we also agree to align ourselves with His timing. This means that if someone gets a new house before you, you don’t get jealous of that person. You instead praise God for blessing that person because you know that in His time, you will get your new house or whatever it is God has in store for you.
- We surrender our will to God’s will by following His leading without question.
Deuteronomy 13:4 says, “Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.”
In the Bible, Abraham is a man who is faithful and willing to follow God no matter what. Jonah, however, is a man who was not faithful and attempted to get out of following God’s plan for his life. We know we have surrendered our lives to God when we are willing to follow God’s plan for our lives without question. This means not just His overall plan such as for our career, our education, our family, and so forth. But we also are willing to follow His plan every minute of the day such as what to say to a friend who is going through a difficult time, where to go, when to go there, who to speak to, who not to speak to, and so forth. When God is in control of every aspect of our lives, we are content to follow Him and to do whatever He calls us to do no matter what. When we surrender to God, we are choosing to love Him, trust Him, obey Him, and be faithful to Him when we feel like it and when we don’t.
In our next class, we will begin a new study, “LET GOD MAKE YOU A WOMAN OF FAITH”.
Sri Baba said, “Once we surrender our mind to God completely, He will take care of us in every way.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.