This is important. You need to get this. I spent the bulk of my life in Evangelical, Fundamentalist Christianity and every day I worried about whether or not I was making God happy or had done something for which I needed to ask forgiveness. The burden became too much to bear. If you are trapped in the belief that you must “obey” in order to be blessed and avoid God’s displeasure then your mental health is suffering.
The problem arises when we view God as “human”. God is Positive Energy. God is Love. Yes, Positive Principles have laws, boundaries and predictable outcomes; however, “obedience” is not the objective. Surrendering to Love is in our own best interest. If we truly knew the nature and value of Love, we would sell our very souls to have it. Why would we not want to surrender to Freedom? Freedom is not going to overtake us. Freedom is not going to conquer us and make us bend to its will. This is not how Positive Energy operates. You cannot “force” someone to Love, to be free, or to be at Peace.
The Principles of God or the Universe are invaluable. When we recognize their value and desire them for what they are worth, then our motivation becomes internal and self-motivated (not selfish). It is within our True Self’s interests to follow the principles of Life, Love, Joy, Freedom and other Positives. Sacrifices will be required of the Ego, but even the sacrifices are for our benefit in the long run. In fact, the Ego derives a certain amount of attention or acknowledgement by “sacrificing” for the sake of obedience or external reward. However, often what is deemed as a sacrifice for “obedience” sake, is costly to Self and often deceptive, being only for show and empty of true substance.
The gist is this… You are a sovereign entity in your own right. You are made to be uniquely you and fulfill your particular destiny doing what makes you the happiest. You were not brought forth to be a perpetual child to be pampered, taken care of and always seeking approval. The need to constantly check to see if you are “obedient” reinforces the notion of dependency and immaturity. Surrendering to Principles because they are beneficial and within our own best interests demonstrates maturity and responsibility.
Surrender is Intention. It is You at the core stating; “This is who I am and this is what I do!” Surrender is standing your ground. You are not surrendering to defeat or any type of Negative Energy; rather, you are surrendering to your own Divine Nature. You are surrendering to the laws and principles of Positive Energy, of Life itself! It is the intent of a sovereign, free-willed individual and it is much more powerful than reluctant, resentful or even deceptive obedience. Surrender has nothing to do with weakness or defeat. It is You yielding to your True Nature and not giving in to Negative Energy!