Moral Surrender and Faith

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 Jesus called a little child to his side and set him on his feet in the middle of them all. “Believe me,” he said, “unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. It is the man who can be as humble as this little child who is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.                                                 Matthew 18:2-4 Phillips
To believe is literally to commit.  Belief is a moral act, and Jesus makes an enormous demand of a man when He asks him to believe in Him.  To be “a believer in Jesus” means to bank our confidence in Him, to stake our soul upon His honor—“I know whom I have believed…” We pray, “Lord, increase our faith,” and we try to pump up faith, but it does not come.  What is wrong?  The moral surrender to Jesus has not taken place.  Will I surrender to Jesus from the real centre of my life, and deliberately and willfully stake my confidence in what He says?  Many of us use religious jargon, we talk about believing in God, but our actual life proves that we do not really believe one tithe of what we profess.
If you can solve your problems without Jesus, then solve them, but don’t blink any of the facts.  “Let not your heart be troubled,” says Jesus.  Does Jesus really mean that He wants us to be untroubled in heart?  “Believe also in Me,” i.e., make room for Me, especially in matters where you cannot go.  As we bring the child mind to what Jesus says about things, we will begin to manifest the miracle of an undisturbed heart.  In the Cross our Lord deals with everything that keeps a man’s heart disturbed.
YMCA Hut, September 23, 1917, Oswald Chambers
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