Dec 22, 2021 | Podcast, The Living Room

075: The Importance of a Surrendered Yes with Rebekah Lyons

“Success found in our own strength still leads to burnout!”

In this episode, best-selling author, podcast host and national speaker, Rebekah Lyons, shares from her devotional, A Surrendered Yes: 52 Devotions to Let Go and Live Free. Rebekah experienced a lot of fear and anxiety early on in her life but has since discovered that when she fully surrenders to God she finds rest in His peace and strength.

Surrender is not a one-time decision, but a slow and steady process of handing things over to God. Oftentimes, the real question we must ask ourselves is, “Do we just want God to fix what we are holding so tightly or are we willing to give what we are holding to Him?” Every time we release control and surrender more to Jesus, we experience His peace and presence in return.

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Important Takeaways from Show

  • The purpose of surrender is to enjoy direct communion with God rather than a specific outcome
  • Surrender is not passive; it is an active decision to release control to God and follow His leading
  • We are prone to always do things ourselves but God has more and better in mind for us
  • When we are afraid of failure we are not trusting God
  • God is near in our sufferings and trials
  • Pain always becomes purpose if we let it
  • Calling is where our talents and burdens collide
  • God is inviting you into something that requires His power
  • “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:8 
  • Surrender requires fixing your mind on the Spirit and not on our fleshly desires
  • When we chase what the world offers we are left feeling empty
  • “When our activity ends; [God’s] begins” ~ Andrew Murray
  • We’ve been invited into a great freedom that only comes with surrender
  • We love ourselves by believing in God’s love and delighting in what He has created
  • We love others better when we live surrendered to Jesus
  • Loving God requires a surrendered heart and trust in His goodness
  • God did not make a single mistake in how He created you
  • God redeems time and takes back what has been stolen
  • Public affection cannot heal private rejection; we need love over admiration
  • Everything good is costly at some level
  • Put guard rails on your life that require surrender, forcing you to trust and rely on God
  • God’s glory is revealed in our weaknesses
  • Nothing that touches your life is outside of God’s watch
  • Let go of the known so you can see the unknown

"Calling is where our talents and burdens collide" - Rebekah Lyons - The Living Room Podcast - TLR 075

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. ~Luke 10:27

Links from Show

DEVOTIONAL: A Surrendered Yes: 52 Devotions to Let Go and Live Free

BOOK: Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose

PREVIOUS PODCAST: 024: Making the Most of Your Life with Rebekah Lyons | The Living Room

Abide In Christ: A 31-Day Devotional for Fellowship with Jesus by Andrew Murray

The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist by Craig Groeschel

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