Wave a White Flag


Isn’t that the last thing you want to discuss in a series on warfare? Aren’t we supposed to keep on fighting until the last trumpet blast?

One of Dennis Jernigan’s recent CDs is Surrender. The title song says, “I’ll never give up to the enemy, but I surrender, Lord, to you.” That’s the kind of surrender I’m talking about.praying hands with rosary

God never told us to go out on to the battlefield without Him. Unlike some generals, He doesn’t want us to go out as cannon fodder, or like the pawns on a chessboard – expendable. None of His children/warriors are there just to be killed.

I’m sure you’ve known people who’ve been “taken out” because they got ahead of the Commander’s orders. Maybe you’ve done it yourself. I know I have. Fortunately, the results weren’t catastrophic, just embarrassing. I acted on what I knew He wanted me to do but neglected to wait on His timing. I thought I was being obedient, though I certainly didn’t feel quite ready for what was to come. As it turns out, I was being only partially obedient (which is disobedience) when I charged ahead in the task He assigned me but not at the time He ordained. Oops!

stained-glass knightThis is a hard lesson for many of us to learn. We are enthusiastic about our mission. We want to get on with it! But God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows all the behind-the-scenes things that need to happen before we are ready to yell, “Charge!”

Before we are able to safely go ahead, we have to surrender to our Commander. Only then are we supposed to proceed. And that’s not often an easy wait.

I honestly feel like I’ve surrendered everything, but then something else pops up its head, and God points it out to me so I can surrender it, too. It’s like a gigantic game of Whack-a-Mole! And it’s every bit as frustrating.

Have you noticed that waving the white flag once is hardly ever enough? How many times have you seen an attitude or habit that re-activates in your life, knowing full well you surrendered it weeks or months or even years ago? That’s a set-up for you to feel discouraged and judge yourself as being a failure, a bad Christian, even a bad person.

What do you do when that happens? Do you listen to the voices in your head that tell you how rotten you are? Those words may be coming from your own guilt and shame, but they just as likely to be from the enemy who is trying to hinder or even stop you from the mission he knows God has called you to. You are a threat to the kingdom of darkness! And the more you surrender to God, the more dangerous you become.surrendered and victorious

We’ll talk more about surrendering to our Commander next time, but for now I’ll leave you with this:

I want to be this kind of woman: when I get up in the morning, Satan moans and says, “Oh, crap, she’s awake.”

How about you?

this is part 21 of a series on warfare


Part 1| This Means War!

Part 2| The Big “D” of Warfare

Part 3| Charge!

Part 4|Swing That Sword!

Part 5| Worship IS Warfare

Part 6| Warring Through Worship

Part 7| Fight With Powerful Gifts

Part 8| Prophetic Swords

Part 9| Comfort, Encourage, Strengthen

Part 10|“Extra Special Perception”

Part 11| Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Part 12| How’s Your Perception?

Part 13| What Did You Say?

Part 14| Interpret This!

Part 15| Attack With Prayer

Part 17| Getting to Know Our Commander

Part 18| But, Daddy, I Want That!

Part 19| Say, “Thank You, Daddy”

Part 20| He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

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