Submission: Blessing or Bane?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Submission. To many, it’s a dirty word. But to one who understands its true meaning, submission protects and brings blessings.

What, exactly, is submission? Simply put, submission can be defined as a willingness to function under the authority of another.

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Where does the concept of submission originate? It originates in the Godhead Itself, where the Son willingly submits to the Father. We see, therefore, that submission is inherent in God’s design for social order. Submission, in short, is a divine attribute of God, an attribute that He commands us to emulate and implement in our own lives.

Submission is at the core of healthful relationships. Children submit to parents. The wife submits to the husband who has been ordained by God as the head of the family. Employees submit to employers.Without such submission to authority, there would be chaos in our society.

Submission, however, has boundaries. For example, we must not submit in matters of sin.  Nor does submission mean being a doormat and allowing an authority figure to abuse us. On the contrary, submission must be a free act of the will and rendered out of respect for the office of the person in authority.

Notice I said the “office” of the person in authority, not necessarily the “person” in authority.  For example, my employer may be living an immoral life. In such a case, I do not have to respect his lifestyle, but I must respect the office he holds as my employer.

What should we do when the person in authority over us is making a decision that will be to our detriment? In such a case, we should appeal to the higher authority.  In the workplace, this may be a supervisor above one’s boss.  In the family, where the husband is the authority, a wife should appeal to God, the Higher Authority.

Satan has perpetrated a lie about submission, a lie that has led to rebellion and the breakdown of the family, the church, and society, in general. When we understand submission from God’s point of view, we will discover that it is a great gift for bringing order out of chaos.

Most of all, our Lord’s submission to the will of His Father resulted in eternal life for all of us.  Had Jesus refused to submit, we would be doomed to eternal damnation.  Let us thank Him for submitting His will to the will of the Father, and let us ask His Help in submitting our wills to those in authority over us.

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You Are MORE Than a Conqueror!

Enforcing the Kingdom of God Right Where You Are

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The greatest battle you will ever wage as a Christian is the battle in your mind. In fact, that is the only battle you will ever wage. All battles, whether physical or spiritual, are won or lost in the the mind. But the good news is that you enter that battle with the victory already in hand because of what Jesus Christ did for you through His death and resurrection.

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Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Your job is not to conquer Satan. Your job is to take back what he has stolen from you by enforcing Kingdom law.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are His ambassador in the earth realm.  As such, you possess all the power and authority you will ever need to rule in this earth.  Wasn’t that God’s mandate to Adam and Eve from the very beginning–to take dominion over the earth and to subdue it (Genesis 1:28)?  This does not mean that we are to take dominion over the people of the earth but over the demonic spirits that rule the earth. We are also to take dominion over the animals, fish, and natural resources of the earth and use them for God’s glory. In short, we are to bring God’s Kingdom into the earth.

Jesus Himself taught us to pray to the Father like this: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).  Well, God’s mandate still stands, but it can be obeyed only by the born-again believer.  Only followers of Christ have His power and authority dwelling within them to enforce the laws of His heavenly kingdom in our earthly one.

So, how do we enforce God’s Kingdom in the earth? By believing and speaking His Word into every situation that requires our doing so.

The Word of God is the instrument of enforcement.  Scripture calls it the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).  We are commanded by God to wield that sword in our quest to rout the enemy from our earthly domain. And the way we wield the sword of the Spirit is by proclaiming it aloud.

So, the next time Satan tries to bully you in an attempt to make you think you are defeated, turn on him with the sword of the Spirit.  Speak it aloud to him, just as Jesus did when Satan tempted him in the desert.  Three times Jesus repeated, “It is written. It is written. It is written.”  Eventually, Satan fled at the speaking of the Word of God.

Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Satan must flee at the Word of God. Satan is powerless before the Word of God. As we keep our eyes focused on the Word and not on the circumstances of our lives, and as we believe that what God says in His Word is true, the Word will produce the fruit of its promise.

Every single time!
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