Learning how to surrender to God is a major part of 12-step recovery programs. The act of surrendering takes place over the first three steps in recovery. First, admitting that you are powerless over alcohol or drugs. Second, coming to believe that a power greater than yourself can restore your life. Third, making a decision to turn over your will and life, surrender, to the care of God. In Christianity, surrendering to God is also a huge part of developing faith in Him.
By admitting that you are powerless over your addiction, you are not showing weakness. It is human nature to want to control our lives, and it takes a lot of strength to admit that you are not in control. The problem with staying in control of your addiction is the choice to drink or drug remains in your hands. Admitting you are powerless over your addiction proves that you can not handle that burden. When you put God in control of your addiction, He will keep you safe. By putting God in control of your life, you will have the opportunity to gain your life back.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
When you admit that you are powerless over your addiction, you are recognizing that there is something more powerful than you. God is the power greater than yourself, and He wants to restore your life. In order to begin the road to recovery, you must have faith in His power to keep you clean and sober one day at a time. As long as you hold onto this belief, He will continue to give you the strength you need.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Once you surrender your life to the care of God, a weight will be lifted. We are not the bearers of all knowledge and understanding, which is why you must rely on God to guide you. Remember you are surrendering to a Higher Power that only wants the best for you. Truly turning your will and life over is a process. Start with one situation at a time and practice surrendering. The next decision that you face, think about how you can make it better, and pray to God to guide your decision. If you have to question whether the decision is your will or God’s, it is usually yours. Sometimes not making a decision and taking extra time to pray is the best decision you can make.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.