Overflowing Submission

Posted by rccgnj on May 10, 2014 in unity, harmony, human, relationships

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.1Peter 5:5. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Ephesians 5:22

Welcome into God’s glorious presence on this beautiful day that the Lord has made, we shall be glad and rejoice in it. It is my sincere prayer that in this month of Grace the mighty hands of God will dislocate every impending disgrace in our lives and His Grace will be more than sufficient to carry us through in Jesus name. We glorify God in the lives of our women as we celebrate the grand finale of the 2014 Good Women’s Week and Mother’s Day. Happy Mothers’ day to all our women, it is my prayer that the power of God will refresh and saturate your lives in Jesus’ name. The theme of our women’s week is “OVERFLOWING SUBMISSION”. 

Submission is the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person who is in a greater authority than you are, and you obey that person without complaining. On the other hand, Overflow is the excess or surplus not able to be accommodated by an available space.     Overflowing Submission therefore would be to completely and totally accept the authority of someone else or something else. An example is Jesus Christ our savior’s submission to the Father.

In Phili. 2:5-9 we see how Jesus ‘total submission/obedience even though He was also God, led to His name being above every other name. Jesus is our foremost example of submission that we should follow. Submission is the attitude with which men and women turn to God in faith for eternal salvation. It is also the attitude which underlies servant hood in the ministry. We hear much more about servant hood than submission, but submission is the basis for servant hood.

Salvation is the solution to man’s sin. When we are born again by faith in Christ, it is a submission to God, to the authority of His Word, and to Christ as His means of salvation. As man’s refusal to submit to God brought about the fall of man, so also man’s submission to God brings about salvation (Rom. 10:9-10).

Submission is also at the heart of discipleship. Jesus called men not only to believe in Him but to follow Him.

A disciple is a learner and a follower, a student who has submitted himself to his teacher. Submission is therefore one of the prominent themes in the epistles.  

Importance of Submission

Submission is the will and command of God. It is the good which God requires of Christians to imitate and emulate Christ and to silence some of the accusations of foolish men (1 Pet. 2:15).

 It’s the key to unity and harmony in human relationships. In the Godhead (Father, son and Holy Spirit), in the church, in marriage, and in any relationship, submission is the basis for unity. (Phili. 2:1-4).

Submission prevents us from becoming Satan’s prey. Satan’s fall and his on-going rebellion is a manifestation of his refusal to submit to God, he likewise tempts men to follow in his footsteps. This same spirit of rebellion is evident in Satan’s spokesmen, the false prophets, even to this day. (2 Pet. 2:9b – 11). Satan abused his power and position, acting independently of God (Is. 14:12-14). When Satan tempted Adam and Eve, he sought to get them to act independently of God, seeking what appeared to be their own self-interest in disobedience to God’s command. (Gen. 3:1-7). In the temptation of our Lord, Satan once again sought to induce our Lord to act independently of the Father, seeking His own interests instead (Matt. 4:1-11).

Submission is at the core of man’s relationship with God. In the Garden of Eden, man was to submit to God, trusting in His Word and keeping His commandment. Adam and Eve’s sin was a revolt against God, a refusal to submit to Him. Jesus represented the sin of Israel’s religious leaders as the sin of “insubmission” (Matt. 21:33-46). They continually challenged Jesus to prove His authority (Matt. 21:23). They refused to submit to Him, mocking His authority at the foot of His cross (Matt. 27:37-44).

 Characteristics of submission

  • Respect – you can’t give control or authority to someone you don’t respect.
  • Trust – you can’t give control or authority to someone you don’t trust. I have to trust that you have my / our best interest at heart and won’t harm me / us.
  • Faith – I have to have faith in you and your abilities to do what is right / know what is right.
  • Relationship – a relationship has to be in place for one to submit to the other.

 Rewards of showing submission

  • Obedience to the word of God brings blessings from God.
  • Unity and harmony in relationships.
  • It is Christ like and shows we are disciples.

 Submission is not a natural response. People do not naturally respond by submitting, even to those in authority over them.  True submission is the will of God, it is from the heart, and it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is voluntary - a voluntary act of obedience and faith. We can no more force one to truly submit than we can force one to convert to faith in Christ. – you cannot force anyone to submit. The way to deal with a wife or husband who refuses to submit is to turn to the one who can change hearts. Instead of trying to force our wives / husbands to their knees in submission, we should be falling to our knees in prayer.  May the Grace to manifest true submission, from the heart to His glory abide with us in Jesus name.

To all our women, it is my prayer that the glory of Jesus and the joy of motherhood will be seen in every area of your life. Once again, happy mothers’ day! Remain blessed and focused in the presence of the lord as your expectations become manifestations in Jesus name.

 

 

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