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The Power of Submission
1/28/2011

The Power of Submission


Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for  God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 1 Peter 5:5-6 (NKJV)

What do you think of when you hear the word Submit?  Do you conjure up an image of a wrestler having his opponent in a headlock, waiting for him to tap-out?  Does this word bring up the thought of weakness to you?  Do you think of it implying that you must obey someone, and in the process you'll end up not getting what you want or think that you rightly deserve? Its funny how certain words can trigger certain reactions or thoughts especially when we have pride in our flesh.
 
In the above scripture, Peter is instructing the younger men to submit to the older ones.  The only reason he doesn't say for women to do this is because Peter was addressing the men of the church.  But the principle is the same for all of us.  As Christians, I believe it is essential for us to learn how to be submissive or we are in for a rough road.

Q:    What is submission?

Well, the first thing we should know is this; to submit to someone is not the same as obeying him or her. Submission is actually the surrendering of our will, which in turn leads us to obedience.  I believe we will be amazingly blessed once we learn to humble ourselves and submit to our Lord - to His will, and His ways.  We can clearly see this truth from Scripture.

Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. Job 22:21 (NKJV)

Scripture is also very clear in telling us about people who allow sin to influence their decisions they will be unwilling to submit to God or His ways.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Romans 8:7 (NKJV)

I think we may have a hard time with the concept of submitting because we can sometimes feel as though we are losing control.  But in actuality, if we knew how big this lie was from Satan, we wouldn't have a problem submitting to God in everything.  The way I see it you're either submitting to God, or you're submitting to Satan, it's one or the other.

Once we submit ourselves to God, and we allow Him to be the Lord of our life, we won't have a problem submitting to others because we will be doing this as an act of worship to our Lord, and as a way of respect for Him (Eph. 5:21).  Another aspect of submitting to God is that we become empowered to resist the devil.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NKJV)
 
Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to exchange your will for God's today.  Let Him be the Lord of your life because when you submit to God, you're not "Tapping-Out" in weakness, you're "Tapping-In" to His power and His perfect plan; and that's just plain smart. Anything else is just pride (Prov. 6:16-17; 16:18).

STUDY QUESTION: Why should we submit ourselves to God?  Why should we submit ourselves to one another?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find it difficult at times to submit to another person, whether it be a friend, family member, spouse, or employer?

APPLICATION: Don't get caught up in pride, submit yourself to God daily, asking Him for wisdom in handling all circumstances.

Father, I willfully submit my life to You today and ask for You to lead me in every aspect of my life.  Give me the wisdom to handle each circumstance in a way that would glorify Your Son.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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