Charles Gore (22 January 1853 – 17 January 1932) was the Bishop of Oxford, and one of the most influential Anglican theologians of his day. Here is what he had to say about how surrendering to God actually strengthens us:
“We are conscious of our own weakness and the strength of evil; but not of the third force, stronger than either ourselves or the power of evil, which is at our disposal if we will draw upon it. What is needed is a deliberate and whole-hearted realization that we are in Christ and Christ is in us by His Spirit; an unconditional surrender of faith to Him; a practice which grows more natural by exercise of remembering and deliberately drawing by faith upon His strength in the moments of temptation and not merely upon our own resources. ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I will do thus and thus.’ So we too may form, like St. Paul, the habit of victory.”
And here’s how Saint Paul expressed the same idea:
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2Corinthians 12:7-10
So exercise and grow strong — practice surrender!
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