Hmmm. Specifically HOW to give in to God, you ask?
Say you're down to $200. It's your last $200 and your rent is due tomorrow. Say the rent is $200. You saved up for your rent and if you don't pay, then you are probably going to be kicked out by the next week because your landlord is a jerk like that.
Say you are being told about a lady in your neighborhood who needs to go to the ER and you could save her life with $200 if you call 9-1-1 and go with her to the hospital to get treatment.
Say it's 10 at night and you are just on your way into your apartment after you were talking to some people about how wonderful God is in His provision and that you're glad you have rent money just in time to keep a roof over your head. Glorylujah!
That's when you find out about the lady who maybe happens to live in the next building over and that you never met before or heard about until now.
Then you distinctly hear a voice telling you, very convincingly nagging on your conscience (you know, that voice, the one we really don't like because it makes us feel rather uncomfortable): "Give the $200 and take this lady to the hospital."
Would you give the $200? Would you take her? Risk losing the roof over your head? This is simply a neighbor; not a family member, not a child, not a best friend; just a neighbor in need.
Jesus did say "Give to him who asks" didn't He? So if God specifically sends someone your way with a legitimate need and you are quite obviously their answer ... in all practicality right now in that there situation ... are you going to be their answer? Yes or no? Do you still trust God to provide you with a roof over your head, regardless of what man's logical provision may or may not look like?
And before you answer ... it has to be real. Because God only works through real situations; never hypothetical ones (but actually the situation I described above was a real one, with the facts slightly altered but the generality of it the same).
We're really great in hypothetical debates but God wants us to apply our faith and submit to His ultimate authority over us and trust Him with all of ourselves and whatever pertains to what we call "life" in reality and real life and real situations ... regardless of what He asks us to do and no matter how outrageous it sounds. Because Jesus' sacrifice was the most outrageous thing there ever has happened, and an outrageous demonstration of love from God to His creation.
Basically "surrender" means "how outrageous are you really willing to get to give all you are and have and wish to ever be for God to use (or not) as He sees fit?" If you can't give $200, how can you give your very life to Him? Faith is actually very concrete, very practical, and very real. If you can't trust God to provide $5 then you can't trust Him to provide $1000. You gotta start somewhere, no matter how small, and allow your faith to be built up. Mustard seed, and go from there because eventually the thing will grow into a tree that's big enough to sustain all sorts of life. But we scoff at the seed and wonder why the tree won't manifest itself, don't we?
So be careful how you answer, because an emotional response to that question of what you're willing to give won't support you for more than 10 minutes into the first trial. Just being honest. Because God will test what we say, to show us how much we actually mean of all the many words we say to Him or about Him. He will show us very quickly how much we can actually do, and at what point we have to sit there and admit "I can't; help me", before we start making exuses and look for a path to a hasty retreat.
We're all so afraid of the devil coming to attack. Wait until God shows up and means business. The devil will be the least of your worries in that moment, I promise you. But at the end of the day, the most courageous prayer you can pray is "God, please bring me to the end of myself and show me what real faith is all about". Then you sit back and watch for things to happen ... and they will. Because that's a prayer God is more than happy to answer, in all sorts of interesting ways that make you excited to get up the next morning, just out of sheer curiosity about what's going to happen next. Because you will see that God is faithful. Over and over and over again.
A walk with God is supposed to be outrageous, not tame inside a cushioned bubble, but right out there on that edge of faith that many talk about but few actually live by.
The kind of faith that isn't about sin anymore. Now we're talking about self, and about love (which is always voluntary; never forced). It's about all those self-things that we think are perfectly acceptable and benign.
It's comparatively easy to lay down sin and stop. But even so, sin has power, and we often excuse it because we succumb to it too easily and are afraid to admit that we need God's power to stop. Few are so keenly aware of the actual power of sin until they are told to stop one particular sin that they have coddled all their lives. That's when kitty gets claws and it is on.
It's far harder still for self to give itself up. You really don't know the power of God and how necessary it is until you are called by God to really just get over yourself, down to the last dusty particle of you. Few are so keenly aware of the power of self until they are asked to (voluntarily) lay it down. It's horrifying what ugly beast in fact does lurk inside, and you won't know until it's stirred up. On purpose. By God. That's when kitty turns into a dragon and it is really on. But, God is a dragon slayer. Don't take Him but 1 second flat. He tamed leviathan, didn't He? He can tame us, too.
People who think we don't need God's power to live and that the life of a believer can be carried out by sheer human effort, are just flat out ignorant and don't know what they're talking about. Sorry but that's the truth of it.