Return Soldier: How to Surrender the War Part 3-Efforts

In Part 1, we concluded that before embarking on a soul searching mission to fix problems, one must 1) have a motive 2) make sure it’s a positive motive and finally 3) make sure the one you are asking has the answers. In Part 2 , it became apparent that we must surrender by putting the 3 dynamics of surrender in place viz; the soul, the spirit and the body. Conflict in these is the root of all the problems. Enforcement of law and order in the tripatite being means the return of peace in one’s life and ‘neighbourhood’! One needs to realise that it takes a lifetime to create an ugly space they find themself in and breaking free is not going to take a day. Confessing and professing freedom adds to the manifestation of this freedom over time but that’s not all. Declaring that you have comeout should now be partnered with corresponding spiritual and active physical steps forward. Once that is done, WALK and never look back. This process is consistent with a lot of undoing, starting new thought and action habits. These have to be literally forced on self by forcing a new mindset (renewed) against the background of a persistant old and vicious mindset that has been used to its means. According to Romans 12:2, “… be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The more newness is established the further away from bondage one moves. The more one surrenders to the one to whom we have to do, the more meaningful answers and strategies can be obtained for peaceful and successful living (Joshua 1:8: Psalm 1). Accepting that you have failed makes way for Humility which becomes the core of recovering one’s freedom by surrendering all to the disperser of all good- God Almighty. It also goes without mention that the process of mindset renewal & uprooting of stubborn roots of all that negative baggage built up over time is going to be a messy affair. Make peace with your past, present or perceived future. Bad things happen but they should not direct the course of our lives. They will occur at some point in an individuals life. They are what i would call ‘growing pains’ and one cannot escape them if every condition possible to activate them is present. They are nothing new to life and you are certainly not the only person to be e.g

  • Poor/ jobless/ broke
  • Unmarried/divorced/separated/widowed
  • Unlucky/ unfortunate
  • Orphan or abandoned by parents or relatives
  • violated in all kinds of crimes e.g sexual/physical/verbal/emotional abuse, robbery, assault etc
  • Betrayed by lover(s), friend(s) or family
  • Bereaved or sorrowful
  • Heartbroken or emotionally wounded
  • Hurt or frustrated or confused
  • Sad, bitter, angry, frustrated, anxious
  • Rejected, fearful, confused, stressed, depressed
  • Accused/ unfairly judged/misunderstood, misinterpreted/ misquoted

The point i’m getting at is yes you may be a victim of circumstances and did not play a part in the crafting of your bondage. Yes, life would have been different if other people didn’t do what they did or you didnt make the wrong choices. So what if it will never be the same? Yet it can still be fruitful if you humble yourself into accepting a different view. A God-view against all else. Fortunately, God in his love, wisdom and faithfulness has already designed a way out as in 1 Corithians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.If it is in your plate, you are made for it and will come out if you believe it! He knew the plans and schemes of the enemy before hand. For someone who believes in God, this should count for something! One can definitely master the art of managing negative forces so that they do not fall victim to their imprisonment. In this unpure world, we have to thrive amongst giants and make it through wiles and evils (Ephesians 6:12). How do we know the world is unpure already? Well, the devil inhabited it before we came into existence! When a child is born, they are not taught to lie or steal but are generally inclined to these negatives when it suits them. They have an entitlement that they must get what they want and when they want it. Parents have to guide the child into unlearning impurity i.e the negative actions such as lies or taking what is not theirs. They have to learn to live positively with others in a not so positive world…that is called training and moulding. However most of our childhood training doesn’t nail it. What with absence of parents or parents who also did not get the best of training! In any case, although training is a noble thing bondage respects no training at all and defies it. Moreover a door can just open up from anywere else in life without the knowledge of the co-trainer (society, teachers, church, elders etc). Cycles of bondage are linked to the origins of all the negative emotions and feelings harboured in the innerman overtime. Well they got saved in that space because one decided they had enough of being good. The world wasnt good to them so why bother? They had to learn self protection amd that meant retaliation. Undoing all known negatives by adhering to the standard of scripture concerning each one is the journey to freedom. Jesus called it love- the summary of Gods instruction to mankind (Mattheew 22:36-40). So what do we do then?

The Right Efforts

Armed with a vision to experience fruitfulness in life and step out of negative energy (right motive), an understanding of surrender dynamics (order in the tripatite being), one can move into the right efforts below:

  1. Face it, face the horrible past eyeball to eyeball
  2. Accept that it happened (List the changeables vs the unchangeables. Matthew 6:25)
  3. Accept the negative emotions, the hurt & pain and then (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) ask for wisdom to change what you can and grace to accept what you can’t change.
  4. Recognise that you can’t stop the pain, have no power or control BUT trust God to do so in his All Mighty power (Psalm 62:11 Psalm 147:3; Psalm 59:19)
  5. Surrender the pain-events, people, time, emotions, feelings and personal plan (wrath/vengeance) to God (Romans 12:19).
  6. Cry out the surrender and release it to him (psalm 51)
  7. Forgive all those that you attribute the events and pain to…make the list and tick off as you go (Matthew 6:9-13)
  8. Understand that forgiveness in itself is a spiritiual rule and does not erase the pain (1 Samuel 15:22). Workout your salvation through obedience (Phillipians 2:13-14)
  9. Submit the pain to God still and ask him for a fair trial (vindication for accusation or unfair judgement; forgiveness for your own negative actions; peace for conflict or unrest; restoration for all loss percieved and blessing for curse.
  10. Wait on the Lord. Accept the virtue of patience and feed it with the word of hope, faith and above all love as of the Lord himself (1 Peter 5:9-10).

So, we accept our horrible situation all the way from the past, present to perceived future. We face it headstrong with the superior partnership of Christ we now surrender to. God is the author of our lives and he goes before us in this war. We ask for his will and stop pushing our own will as if we have the power to change anything. Well we don’t so far that is why it has taken all this time to create this mess and confusion we see whether or not we were participants! 1 Samuel 15:23 reads, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.” Failure to surrender to God is Stubborness at this point and will inhibit you from total surrender and then you just become your own witch in worshipping your own self/unfortunate events or offenders in the place of God Almighty, who reigns forevermore!In conclusion, your circumstances are not your enemy but how you view them can be your downfall. If being unmarried, being an orphan, being poor or sick was the end of the world for one, God in all his wisdom would not have permitted it. Now that he has a way of making life worth the while in these circumstances, why should we despair? Life then is about unlearning negatives and replacing them with positives so as to create good ground for blessings.

Till then, happy surrendering and taking cover under the wings of the Almighty Warrior…God Himself!!!!!

Signing out,

Ester H.


falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!!!!

Return Soldier: How to Surrender the War Part 2- Surrender Dynamics

Greetings Conquerors!

In Part 1 we looked at motives in the journey of soul searching and discovered that a motiveless inquiry is as equally bad as a negative motive. Moreover having a good motive without knowledge of who to ask is just as bad, for nothing will come out of it. However if one decides to ask questions, there is an element of accepting that they have personally failed and do not know the answers to their challenges. If they knew them, they would not be seeking answers but instead applying them. Seeking answers makes one vulnerable to the object of their inquiry. Clearly, there is an element of spoken (full surrender) or unspoken surrender (partial surrender). Today we want to look at some surrender dynamics as taught in the word of God. Before we do so, it is important to first establish why we experience conflict internally in the first place. As human beings we exist and operate on 3 levels which must be insync if things are to work. Genesis 1:7 reads, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul

Body (Man of Dust)

The body or flesh is the visible part of our being. It is the shell that we see. We all know the Adam story- this part is made of earth and belongs to this world . This part answers to this world and what happens in it. It feeds on the earth (foods come from the earth).

Spirit (Breath of Life)

This is the God part of our existence. The antenna that connects us to our creator. This is also a body living in us and it feeds on the bread of life being originated from God himself and of God. It is the light in us being of the light of life.

Soul (Living Soul)

Lastly is the soul which comes into existence when the spirit and the body come together. The soul is what seperates one individual from the next. The internal uniqueness of each human being. The soul is the decision centre made up of the will, the mind and the emotions. The soul being caught in between spirit and flesh feeds from either of them for good or bad, life or death. As mentioned earlier the tripatite (3) part being must be in unity to avoid conflict. ALL 3 cannot self exist and need each other at every point to bring positive results in both the earthly and spiritual experiences. The success or failure in the spiritual experience then determines the success or failure in the physical experience.

  • The body needs the soul and the spirit.
  • The soul needs the spirit and the body.
  • The spirit needs the body and the soul.

Now from the above, if the soul feeds from both the body and the spirit at the same time, there will be conflict. These 2 entities do not see eye to eye and want different things. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish(Galatians 5:17). Since the body is earthly and experiences earthly lusts, wants or pleasures, to fulfill these it puts pressure on the soul or persuades it to make decisions that will satisfy these. Unfortunately, the Soul is under instruction to take instruction from the spirit-the God part. The soul knows the rules and the consequences of disobedience on both itself and then the house (body) to which it is assigned. This is a spiritual principle and even if one is not a believer in God, the soul itself believes and knows where it came from. Unfortunately, the spirit does not feed itself. The spirit is a visitor in this world and It relies on the soul making the right decisions and moves to feed it with the Word of God- its only food. If the soul does not look for food for the spirit, the spirit will become sick (malnourished) and fail to feed the soul back to equip it with the right decisions. This will give the body and upper hand (naturally as the landlord) and bring trouble to the entire being. The soul fails when it decides by its own will to choose the body and resist or ignore the spirit. This lack of divine order and agreement sows discord amongst the 3 entities and is the root to all the problems we find ourselves in as human beings. To read more about this click here.

Surrender Dynamics

Since problems are a result of conflict in the tripatite being, surrender is when the body and the soul both yield to the spirit (God part). However an empty, hungry and weak spirit will not do anything. It is not that the spirit is dull. The spirit being the God part actually knows everything and is fully equipped with all of God (Divine Knowledge). However in the physical world, the spirit must also submit to the laws therein so it waits for the Soul to exercise free will by choosing to feed it and then submit to it. This becomes the awakening of the Spiritman! There has to be absolute order and organisation for this system to work. The soul must acquire food for the spirit while the body waits for instructions that only come via this route. So, the decision centre has to take its part 1st and perform its roles with dilligence. The first major decision a soul must make is to surrender to God. He then begins to build up one’s life by doing new things and restoring peace. Thus, in the art of surrender one must understand these 3 dynamics (i have added a few supporting scriptures for each dynamic)

1. Organize your spiritual relationships- Spirit (Mathew 22:37-38;Isaiah 45:5; Isaiah 48:17; Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 18:14; Phillipians 2:13)

2. Organize yourself within yourself -Soul (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 12:34; James 1:26; Proverbs 23:7)

3. Organize your earthly relationships- Body (Galatians 5:13-26; I Corinthians 13:1-13; Colossian 3:5-16; Proverbs 18:21)

One cannot surrender unless they submit and trust the one to whom they are giving up to. In anything we do in life, submitting to God entails humbling ourselves before him and acknowledging his Lordship over our lives. Accepting his superiority means emptying ourselves of all the knowledge we think we have on life and starting afresh to get the truth from him. This means inquiring from him, understanding that he knows, believing his side of the story and trusting him to create a better place for us compared to the one we find ourselves in. Its like formatting a corrupt harddrive in the world of ICT and rebooting. God is still in the business of creating, he is the founder of wisdom, he is pre-eminent, omniscient and omnipotent. By him all things consists and in him we move and have our being. Without him, we are absolutely nothing and can do absolutely nothing too. This ugly situation we find ouselves in that we dont like- we have played a part in it thus far. We may not have originated it especially when we are born in it. However when we come to the age of making decisions, there is something we can do about everything we have gone through to get the progress we seek. As we submit to God and open our hearts to his wisdom, we will also find out that God equipped us for those misfortunes and trusted us to go through them having known the plan of the evil one before hand!In conclusion therefore, the soul is the one that was given the law and rules governing it’s existence on the earth in the body via the spirit. The spirit is equipped with divine knowledge but cannot override the soul in the earth. The body is made to fit into this world but its activities must be governed by the soul as it submits to the spirit. The soul is the one to whom blessings and curses have been promised as its concerns its choices. Therefore the soul must take up the lead, give the button to the spirit who in turn will riseup with fire to consume the lusts of the flesh and fulfill the kingdom mandate via the soul. When the soul is obedient (life), it puts to sleep the works of the flesh in choosing life (spirit/word) against death (body). When it operates in disobedience (death), the flesh is awakened i.e left to its means and causes problems for the human being (death cycles). In other words, the body obeys the soul which obeys the spirit. However, if the spirit is empty (unfed), it cannot guide the soul and the body takes over leading to failure.

I trust that this post has been helpful in understanding the source of our problems and art of surrender.

Join me in Part 3 as we conclude the series dedicated to all ‘Return Soldiers’ by taking a look at the positive efforts we can put to bring our lives back on track.

Till then,

Ester H.riseUPconqueror!!!!!

Falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!!