To have a close relationship with the Lord, we need to surrender to His ways, plan, and purpose. Complete surrender to God is when we give Him full control and trust in His power because He knows what is best for us.
When we give our lives to Christ, we surrender our lives to Him. From then on, daily we continue the process of surrendering to His will in faith.
We usually want to hold onto situations because we think we know what to do. But there is freedom in surrendering and letting go, so that the Lord can help us.
Our God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is in control and sits on the throne in heaven. We can choose to submit to Him and allow Him to make our path clear.
These are powerful Bible verses on surrender. They guide us as we yield to the Lord with a humble attitude. When we surrender our desires, thoughts, and situations to the Lord, we experience much-needed peace and joy.
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Bible Verses on Surrender
Life is hard even for Christians. We often feel overwhelmed, stressed, and tired. In those moments the Word of God encourages us to surrender our situations to the Lord, so we can find rest, freedom, and peace.
In these Bible verses on surrender, we will learn how to trust God’s authority and divine wisdom as we submit to His ways. When we do this, we become obedient and are filled with God’s blessings.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And 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.
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Bible encourages us to present it as a living sacrifice to the Lord. This means we surrender our will, thoughts, and plans to Him.
When people surrender in a war it’s a sign of weakness and defeat. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit to renew our minds, so that we see the power of surrendering to Him.
It’s God’s will that we submit to His ways. You were bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and you now belong to Him. He loves you and gives you a new identity and new life.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Trusting God fully means surrendering to His will. Instead of relying on your own strength, ideas, and strategies, lean on God. When you do, He directs your steps and gives you wisdom in all you do.
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
It takes a humble heart to surrender to the Lord. As you humble yourself and consider God’s will and agenda more important than your own, at the proper time, He will lift you.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Jesus Christ is the true vine while we are the branches. We must rely fully on Him to produce fruit. This means we need to surrender to His power to be successful at everything we do in life.
And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let This cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Let This mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus Christ was a humble Son who surrendered to His Father. He obediently came down to earth and took on the form of man to live among us and save us. In the Garden of Gethsemane, just before He was killed, He prayed for God to take away all He was about to endure on the cross.
But even knowing what was coming, Jesus chose to set aside His own will and allow God’s will of salvation, grace, reconciliation, and redemption to triumph on the cross. When we need help to know how to surrender, we can ask Jesus for help and lean on Him, because He already walked the same path.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
We often think of surrendering as lifting our hands in church during praise and worship. While this is part of surrendering, and these scriptures encourage the lifting of hands, we must remember that the Lord looks more at the heart than what we do physically.
It’s the posture of the heart that’s important to God. If you lift your hands in worship but in your heart and mind do your own thing and don’t obey God’s ways, then you’re deceiving yourself and those around you. It’s important to be truthful to the Lord in everything we do because nothing is hidden from Him.
Who will render to every man according to His deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;nAnd be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
1 Thessalonians 4:3
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.
As believers, we have a new life in Christ. We no longer follow the standards of this world but submit to God’s ways. This means we turn away from sin and with the help of the Holy Spirit live a holy life that pleases the Lord.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
When you are saved and receive Christ, you become a new creation. You develop a new lifestyle and no longer go back to the old ways of disobeying God. It’s important to allow His principles and teachings to mold us so we can grow spiritually and become more like Him.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Surrendering may hurt for a little while because we are used to doing things our way. But in due season we will reap the rewards. When we trust in the Lord, the Holy Spirit will strengthen us in our faith so that we grow and become mature.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct His steps.
The Lord is our Creator. He designed us for His purpose. We don’t just walk and live in any way we feel like but we surrender to His ways because He knows what’s best for us.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven belongs to little children because it’s easy for them to trust, obey, and submit to the ways of their fathers. They listen and are humble. This is the kind of attitude that the Lord wants us to have as His children.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
To surrender to God, you need an open and willing heart. It’s important to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the Lord’s ways so we can obey them.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: This is the first commandment.
The first and most important commandment we’ve been given is to love God wholeheartedly. When you love the God of Israel, you want to honor and please Him. This means you desire to do His will which includes fully surrendering to Him.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
1 John 4:9–10
In This was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up His cross daily, and follow me.
For whosoever will save His life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose His life for my sake, the same shall save it.
And he that taketh not His cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
The disciples of Jesus Christ had to leave their jobs, businesses, and families to follow Him and spread the Gospel. They let go of their own desires and plans to follow His purpose. Because of the deep, unconditional, unfailing, and unending love of God, we are compelled to surrender to Him as well.
Christ Jesus gave His all to us on the cross, and we can certainly give our lives to Him. There is a blessing on earth and in eternity when we fully surrender to Him.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish His work.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Jesus Christ the Son of God is the perfect model of complete surrender to God. He followed God’s ways, prioritized God’s will above His own, and only spoke what the Heavenly Father told Him to say.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Mary was a young virgin when the angel appeared to her and told her that she would give birth to Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. No matter how she felt about what she was told, she put her own desires and plans aside and surrendered completely to the Lord’s purpose. She is an example of a great woman of God.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, His servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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.
How to Let Go & Surrender to God in Your Life
One of the best ways to let go and surrender to God in your life is through prayer. When you pray, it shows humility and a willingness to trust the Lord and submit to His ways. Through prayer, you can also ask the Holy Spirit to help you surrender fully to God.
Fasting is another way to let go of our fleshly desires for physical food and rely on God alone for spiritual food. It helps to strengthen your faith and renews your spirit.
Taking steps to intentionally prioritize the Lord and let go of the old self and the standards of the world will help you to let go and surrender to the Lord.
Christian disciplines such as Bible study, fellowship with others, going to church, and praise and worship will help you to renew your mind. As you grow spiritually you become obedient to the will of God and willing to surrender to His ways.
Surrendering to God is important for us as believers. It’s God’s will that we let go of our own plans and desires and devote ourselves fully to His ways and purpose. It takes faith, humility, and a willing heart to surrender to the Lord.
A deep relationship with our Heavenly Father involves surrender, submission, and obedience. The Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect example we can lean on to help us know how to truly surrender.
May these powerful Bible verses on surrender help you to trust the Lord completely and remind you that He is all-powerful and in control. You will experience freedom, lasting joy, blessings, and peace as you surrender to our Heavenly Father who knows what’s truly best for you.