Surrender Produces Power
Pastor Alex Kvasnikoff
"He went a little farther and fell on his face,
and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I
will, but as you will" Matt 26:39 NKJ.
The Son of God had made the greatest decision in His life,
"Not as I will, but as You will." Jesus, our perfect
example, surrendered all to His Fathers will. Only as we identify
with Him in this victory can we receive the enabling power
to live for God.
The Apostle Peter truly loved Jesus and was willing to go
all the way with Him. Without realizing his own natural weakness,
however, he promised that which lay beyond his ability to
perform; "Though all men shall be offended because of
thee, yet will I never be offended."
When the test came, Peter failed to identify himself with
Jesus at the very time he should have been a true witness.
He had not yet surrendered all, therefore his natural responses
came short of his declaration. However, he learned from this
mistake. On the day of Pentecost, Peter, who had now fully
surrendered his life to the Lord and had received the Baptism
in the Holy Spirit, spoke with boldness to unbelievers who
witnessed the mighty results of God's power.
Now Peter can say to the man who had been lame since birth,
"Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give
I unto thee, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise
up and walk." No greater victory ever came into Peter's
life than on the day when he surrendered all to the Lord.
"Not as I will, but as thou wilt."
Paul stepped out in his own strength to destroy Christianity
by beating and imprisoning those who believed. We still see
on every hand, the witness that unredeemed man is against
God. But Paul fully met the Lord and was transformed. His
testimony demonstrates that he surrendered all to Christ and
was thankful that he was not disobedient to "the heavenly
"But for Christ's sake I have counted all that was
gain to me as loss. Yes, indeed, I certainly do
count everything as loss compared with the priceless
privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His
sake I have lost everything, and value it all as
mere refuse, in order to gain Christ and be actually
in union with Him" Phil 3:7-9a Williams.
As a result of this full surrender, Paul experienced boldness
and power in Christ throughout his life. His last testimony
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not
to me only, but unto all them also that love his
appearing" II Tim 4:7-8.
The Lord has set before each one of us a challenge and a
commission. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Father" John 14:12. Only when we have surrendered all
to Him can this level of spiritual power be manifested.
In our day, much comfort and luxury has robbed many of the
true power of God. All too often, talk about past visitations,
or some man-made substitute, has replaced our surrendering
all to Christ in the secret closet of prayer.
The surrender that the Lord calls for is within the ability
of each one of us to make. Many times, the desire for worldly
goods and pleasures hinder our making this commitment to live
a true separated life for God. However, the greater loss results
from our not making this commitment.
Surely, our greatest fulfillment and security rests in our
complete surrender to Christ. It is the secret to spiritual
power, and the answer to all human weakness.
"Not as I will, but as thou wilt."