What stops people from giving God the complete control of their lives?

I have thought about this one long and hard and I believe there are several major themes that stop people from surrendering their all to God.

1. Fear – God is love and we have no reason to fear.

1 John 4:18 ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.’

2. Lack of trust. (They don’t really trust God)

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

3. A desire for control themselves. Humans want control. (Pride)

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

4. Some people are hesitant to give God control of their lives because they don’t really believe that His plans for them are actually better than their own.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

5. The idea that if they give God control, He will expect of them to do things they don’t want to do or that they despise doing!
Nothing could be further from the truth. Look what God’s word says:

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Perhaps we should take the words ‘Delight yourself in the Lord’ and substitute them with the words ‘Surrender yourself to God’ and then complete the verse. We don’t really understand that many of the dreams and desires that are in our hearts were planted there by God Himself.
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0 thoughts on “What stops people from giving God the complete control of their lives?

  1. This is something I battle with everyday. I am trying to live closer to God and to trust completely, but sometimes I catch myself falling into the old habits of trying to do everything myself. When I realize that I’m falling into old habits, I pray and ask God for guidance

  2. Your blog and daily messages are such a blessing to us who are sitting here in Vancouver. Thanks!

  3. The spiritual and the physical department in our life conflicts. We have to subject the physical department to the word of God, by physical I mean mind, emotions, earthly desires etc. Once the physical and spiritual are in one tune, we submit to God easily. we became what God planned for us to be.

  4. Yes my brother all these are which keep us from entering, the fullness of God’s plan for our lives. Then sometimes like Jonah, we tend to run away from our Lord.
    Maybe we we become angry with God, as our plans do not seem to succeed.During these times we, need to call on the Lord, confess our faults, our slips and our shortcomings to Him.
    Receive His grace mercy & forgiveness. On. Doing so: the Lord our God receives us back, restoring us.
    Even as the father of the prodigal, welcomes him back; restoring his sonship. For our Lord is faithful, forgiving, gracious & merciful.
    No one loves as Christ loves us. After all He; first loves us!!!
    Jesus Christ is & remains Lord of all!!!
    Together in the Lord’s Harvest
    Founders, administrator etc
    Ian & Joan

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