On more than one occasion, the Holy Spirit has spoken a single word
spirit. In all instances, the word was new to my vocabulary and I had to
the meaning of the word. Such an occasion occurred recently in which I
Capitulate means to surrender formally, usually on agreed
To give in to argument or persuasion; to give up resistance: He
capitulated and agreed to do the job my way. Thesaurus: yield, submit,
surrender, give in, throw in the towel, acquiesce, succumb, relent;
On this occasion as in the past, the word given was very timely and
the needed answer to an immediate need. I had, a few days prior to
this word capitulate, been given by the Holy Spirit a renewal
call on an
old ministry mandate dating back to 1991. The renewal call wrought great
over how to facilitate this renewed mandate. In fact it was in the early
of my third consecutive sleepless night that I heard the word
ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
It is obvious that the Spirit of God was emphatically saying that
facilitation of this calling or renewed mandate will happen only when I
capitulate. Surrendering is not one of my distinguishing traits!
Let's go back to the third day (Resurrection day). After not
sleeping but a
few hours each night for three days, I decided that on the third day
would seek the Lord concerning my renewed mandate, until I got my
Immediately following this decision to seek God on the third day is when
the word capitulate.
CAPITULATE! WHO ME?
SIMPLE MESSAGE - GALE PLEASE SURRENDER! SURRENDER WHAT?
My first reaction to hearing this word was anger and frustration. I
immediately began to bring my good works and past surrendering
before the Lord. I was asking questions like, "What is it Lord that I
not surrendered to you?" I asked, "Lord, I have given almost one
of a century serving you to the best of my ability, so what is it that
After a short time of meditation, the Holy Spirit began to reveal the
practical applications of this word capitulate. God began to show me
areas of my
life in which I had not totally surrendered. These areas not
surrendered, as you
will see, are really areas of insecurity filled with false security.
There are a few phrases which came into my spirit which actually
areas of insecurity. Phrases like "just in case", or "security blanket",
in the hole" are key descriptions in describing my insecurities. Total
abandonment or capitulation to God requires that these areas of our
discerned and totally surrendered. An Ace in the Hole is a slang
meaning a secret or extra asset to assure success, referring to the ace
card a player has as a hole card (or face down card) in a game of stud
PROBLEM WITH FAILURE TO CAPITULATE
We move into God with insensitivity and a passiveness when we think
an ace in the hole. With an ace in the hole so to speak
no genuine incentive for abandonment. The attitude becomes "Whatever!
things do not work out to my satisfaction then I will draw out my ace in
hole." Questions may arise like, "What if I abandon all and It
WHAT ARE MY ACES IN THE HOLE?
-My ministry abilities. Though called to ministry and gifted, these
be misused for the gratification of the flesh when not orchestrated by
spirit of God.
-Revelation knowledge; knowledge and truth without love does not work
righteousness of God.
-Attempting to build God's house in my own abilities or charismatic
character. Scripture says that except the Lord build the house, those
labor in vain.
-Friendships or relationships; seeking the honor of people as opposed
honor of God destroys one's faith. If we have the honor of God, we have
the provisions needed to fulfill God's will.
-My job - my ability to survey land; I must know that God is my
that it is not my ability to survey, which will provide my finances.
These are just a few of the "things" in which I might falsely find
These "aces" in the hole become real soul ties which separate me from
abandonment into a full identity with God.
SOUL TIES - BOTH GOOD AND BAD
A soul tie is a covenant. There are holy soul ties and there are evil
ties. The soul is always tied or knitted to something or someone. If my
in covenant with Godly things then my soul is Godly. If my soul is in
with evil things then my soul is evil.
Evil soul ties often provide us with a false security. It never
amaze me how the soul of man can so easily and readily be appeased by
entities. Real peace only comes when our soul is tied to the kingdom of
Abandonment to the New Covenant promises of God is the only real place
FRUIT OF FAILURE TO CAPITULATE
(The following list may be found on the labels of some medicine
Insanity, double-mindedness, insecurity, confusion, frustration,
focus, anger, bitterness at God and others, hopelessness, despair, loss
vision, all of the works of the flesh and finally physical
demise - weakness,
sickness and death.
The Apostle James vividly describes this whole scenario of
(See James >)
Paul writes about the wretchedness of a double mind. (Romans 7,8)
SECURITY AND GODLY CAPITULATION IN THE LOVE OF GOD
Could this command of surrender or capitulation have anything to do
understanding of the love of God? I personally believe that it has
do with our understanding of the love of God. True security only comes
knowing the love of our Heavenly Father.
God loves us and calls; therefore, God will equip us to fulfill the
How often we are guilty of seeking love in all of the wrong places. Only
boldness of God's love are we empowered to fulfill the call of God for
Because of my encounter with the word capitulate, I too have
emboldened to continue to capitulate or surrender to God. As I
in God's grace, my mandate to capitulate, the rest of God fills my
Prayer: Father, grant to us the grace to capitulate. Grant us the
see that surrender is not a work of labor but a labor of your work in
us. We are
free Lord and we graciously thank you. Amen.
In His Grace
Gale W. Maiden