Faith without surrender is not faith. Many believe that they can be blessed by God while in reality they are rebels. God does not bless rebellion. He does reward those that ignore Him. He blesses obedience. We need to be obedient more than He needs us to be. This truth is all over the Bible.
Deuteronomy 5:33: Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Notice that it does not say that it may be well with God. There is nothing selfish in His commands to us. He loves us. Love means that He wants us to have what we need and what is good for us.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 12:14: Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
2 Corinthians 8:4-5: Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
John 13:13: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
Matthew 6:10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Philippians 2:10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Matthew 16:25: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Hebrews 13:20-21: Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Peter 1:2: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience . . .
When He saves us and makes us new creatures, His purpose for doing that is to make us willing and able to obey Him. The able to is in the new creatures instantly but the willing to is a growth process.
Lloyd John Ogilvie:
Many people are discovering that there is more to Christianity than acceptance of Christ. They are experiencing the energizing, liberating power of surrendering all they know of themselves to however much they know of Christ.