THE POWER OF SUBMISSION – PART 2
WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL 2015
SIS. ANNE-MARIE CLARKE
FATHER GOD I thank you for this day! Blessed be your HOLY Name! LORD God you alone are HOLY and RIGHTEOUS! As I sing praises unto your name and exalt you on high! Wonderful Saviour and Master! All Honour and Glory belongs to you! Blessed is Our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST! Hallelujah!
Blessings and love to you all! Today I am sharing on Part 2 of the powerful word “The Power of Submission” which I know a lot of us, do not like to hear this particular message, because it means putting to death the flesh, the carnal mind, giving up your freedom of will to others, but importantly it is submitting to GOD’s will for our lives. Be Blessed! Encouraged and Edified as we all learn to submit. Shalom!
Why learn about Submission?
Why should we learn about submission? Because as we shall see, it affects our lives in just about every area. We stand to gain tremendous benefits if we do it, and we affect our lives negatively if we don’t, so it is worth learning about because at some time we will come face to face with it in some way. If we think about it we will realise that almost daily we are faced with some situation where we must submit ourselves to another person. When we visit the doctor’s office, without even thinking we submit to a medical examination. We do the same at the dentist, optometrist, therapist, masseur, etc. We listen to their opinion and follow their advice, generally without argument, submitting ourselves to all kinds of procedures, including surgery. Thus, in a sense, submission is really a part of our everyday life. There are some things we can learn today that if we should forget after a while, do not have serious implications. Not so with submission! When we read the Scriptures, it should not be difficult to see that this is an attitude, a way of life that is very important in the eyes of GOD.
What does GOD say About It? – The Godhead observes the law of Submission
1 Corinthians 11:3 states “the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is GOD.” It is interesting to see that GOD Himself observes this law while JESUS walked the earth, HE remained totally submitted to HIS FATHER in heaven. HE did nothing except what HE saw the FATHER do. Just as CHRIST submitted HIMSELF to HIS FATHER, so too must man submit himself to GOD.
We must Submit Ourselves to GOD!
First of all it is an attitude that GOD has commanded us to have towards Himself, if we are going to build a lasting relationship with HIM and if we are to enjoy a victorious life.
James 4:7 states – “Submit yourselves to therefore to GOD. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The Greek word here for ‘submit’ is hupotasso, which is primarily a military term and gives the idea of keeping rank and respecting it. It means ‘to obey’, ‘to be under obedience’, ‘to be put under’, ‘to subdue unto’ and ‘to subject to’. For anyone to enter into the Kingdom of GOD, he must first submit himself to the lordship of JESUS CHRIST. With all his good works and charitable deeds, feeding the poor and hungry, visiting the sick and clothing the naked, he must still accept JESUS CHRIST as his Saviour, confess him as LORD and surrender his life to HIM.
For the backslider to return to the LORD, he must first submit himself to GOD before he can really flee the devil. The devil does not leave voluntarily! Those who have turned away from GOD have to make a decision to return to HIM. They must turn their backs on all that the devil is offering and be willing to let GOD’s Word rule in their lives, trusting HIM with EVERYTHING and in ALL things. For a believer in JESUS CHRIST to remain saved, he must endure to the end, staying in complete submission to GOD no matter what circumstances or situations life may bring, knowing from whose he will receive his eternal reward.
The Bible says that GOD is not the author of confusion. HE does not bless or support chaos and disorder. When we submit to parental or governmental authority, church leadership or headship in the home, we are saying that we are in agreement with the structure and order that GOD has put in place and that we are willing to abide by it. GOD cast Lucifer out of heaven because he was out of order. He became filled with pride and was seeking to exalt himself above his given position and authority. In doing this he had ceased to submit to Almighty GOD, the CREATOR of ALL things. As special as he was the Sun of the Morning Glory was no longer fit to stay in the presence of GOD and he was banished for all eternity. GOD saw that if HIS created beings did not submit to HIS authority, there would be disorder in heaven. To be effective, every structure must have order. We will not have order if people do not submit themselves to authority.
FATHER GOD, I thank you for your Word! Thank you for allowing this Word to minister to us, to search and see the areas where we have not submitted to you! By your grace, I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me! I choose to obey and follow your will, in JESUS’s Mighty Name! Amen! Glory to the KING of KINGS! Hallelujah! Be Blessed and Encouraged!