Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
I once read a pamphlet that said everything we have or own must be submitted to God so that God has ownership and not ourselves. Once it is submitted to God, it then becomes God’s responsibility and not ours. This may be the case when it comes to finances, family relationships, personal health or any number of issues. We submit anything that involves us and this includes, most importantly, ourselves. So when the enemy comes along and tries to steal what God has given us or entrusted us with, we can then say, “You can’t touch it, because it now belongs to God to do with as He wills.” Whatever we submit to God leaves a vacancy that God can now use to fill with His wonder-
We might think of submission as a weakness, and something we don’t look forward to doing because we want to be in control of things. This is what happened in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve decided that they wanted to be like God, and have a power similar to their Creator, to know good and evil. But just the opposite happened. We lost all power and the rights to paradise and instead became slaves to our own sin. But when we come to Jesus, the power of that curse is broken and we are free from the curse that separates us from God. And once we are saved from this curse and the power of sin over us, we need to continuously submit ourselves to God and give Him lordship over everything in our lives.
Submission is a powerful thing and it unleashes God’s power in our lives and in the world around us. If you think of it, your new life in Christ begins with submitting to Him. We start with an admission of our inability to save ourselves, then we confess that we have sinned, and finally we submit our heart and life to Jesus and ask Him to be Lord of all. For many years when I was a teen, I resisted God and did not understand the power of submission. I thought that I would be giving up a fun-
When we pray, do we have any idea of the power of God that is unleashed into this world that is so much in need of God? Prayer is perhaps the most important act of submission we can make because God is at work and not ourselves. Our part is simple — we take the time to pray and then we watch for God to work. We may find this difficult because we can’t “see” prayer or we don’t always experience immediate results, but God’s power is at work nonetheless. Think of it this way — when you flip a switch to turn on a light, you can’t see how it works, all you know is that the light will magically go on and you’ll be able to see if you are in a dark or unlit room. You know that the light switch will bring instant light because this is what it’s designed to do. You don’t have to question why it goes on or how it goes on, you just know that it will. Prayer is the same. When we pray, Jesus promises us that He will hear AND respond when our prayers are directed to Him with sincerity and faith. Then we leave our requests with Him and trust Him with the results. Also, we are released from Satan’s control when we pray. After we’ve done all that God asked us to do and we can do no more, we must hand it over to Him, then we trust Him with it and it is no longer our concern. When we are concerned over a loved one, we must do what we feel God wants us to do for them, then pray for them, and then leave them in God’s hands. If we have financial difficulty, we must do what God directs us to do, then leave the rest to God. If we continue to worry over things, then we haven’t submitted it over to Him yet.
Sometimes, if we are really self-
Submission can save our lives and also unleash God’s power in and through us. And it works just the opposite of what we would think. For a believer in Christ, the only true power is God’s power, all other power works against God. And the only way God’s power is unleashed in and through us and out into the world is when we have submitted our all to Him, and do this on a daily and consistent basis. When we are strong and self-
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