Essential #3 Be Submissive

James 4:6-7  But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 2:13-14  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

Acts 5:28-29  saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

I have to admit, being submissive to any one is not easy, I have improved but God and I still have a lot of work to do. Women don’t want to be submissive to men, men don’t want to be submissive to women, and neither one wants to be submissive to others, or authority of any kind. I have learned I don’t do a very good job of submitting, unless I first submit to the Lord. I have to have the desire to know what Jesus wants and do it. I need to really want to before I can do anything for Him. There are some questions I keep asking myself and this is one of them, do I really want to. I am thankful he chose me and that I submitted to Him, the consequences of that not happening would have been eternally devastating for me. Thank you Jesus. In the beginning, when I began to focus on Jesus, I wasn’t aware of, or ignored most of the other people and institutions He wanted me to submit to. By staying in His Word, and help from many others who have contributed to my growth in Christ, I slowly became more aware of  how far Jesus wanted me to go in being submissive. The only times He wants me to disobey any authority is when it goes against His Word. One area  of submitting that was a lot more of a problem for me in the past, was submitting to church leadership. I did have a bit of authority and leader ship submission built in to me by the military, and a couple of adults when I was a kid, but I was a long way from perfect. I have seen how the lack of respect and love for church leadership can tear a church apart. I have seen and heard people and even a Pastor cutting down a Pastor behind his back. A few years ago I, and another brother vowed we would never be a part of a church split, unless there was a doctrinally sound reason to apply church discipline.

Lord, help me become more and more humble so You will not be opposed to me.

 

Ephesians 5:21  and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Hebrews 13:17  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.