Trials and tribulations normally come upon us from the people and circumstances around us. Failure normally comes from our own weaknesses, but there sometimes comes a time when the Lord himself will pull us up short.
God may send his angel to stand in our path as he did with "Balaam" (Numbers 22:22-35). The reasons for this may be many, but it usually means that we are doing our will and not the Lord's.
At these times we may find ourselves totally "out gunned" by what is happening to us and there is nothing we can do about it. It is at this point that we need to yield our will to God.
It is important to recognize these times quickly and act wisely. We must remember that we are to be "a living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1) in the hands of the Lord, totally yielded to Him. Anyone who is not totally yielded to the Lord is in rebellion against Him. This automatically excludes us from His Kingdom.
When God sends His angel to stand in our way it is because we are in this state of rebellion. We must quickly yield our will to His. We must learn to surrender totally to the Lord.
SUBMISSIONAs we see that the church is meant to be living in the Kingdom of God right now. Jesus is the king of the Kingdom, therefore he should have rule over us.
We must learn to submit ourselves to His word. It is our strength and protection in the times of battle. Remember that God gives grace to the humble, but he resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5). The humble man is the one who has learned to submit to the will of God.
We are told in the Word to submit ourselves to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21). We are told by the Word to submit to all human authorities, because they are ordained by God (Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1, 1 Peter 2:13). Servants are told to submit themselves to their masters (Ephesians 6:5-8, 1 Peter 2:18). Wives are to submit themselves to their own husbands (Genesis 3:16, 1 Corinthians 14:34, Ephesians 5:22, Colossians 3:18, 1 Peter 3:1). This is all God's will for us. If it was not God's will it would not be in his Word.
We pray and ask God to keep us from evil (Matthew 6:13), but we must first be willing to do his will (Matthew 6:10). This is where the principle of submission begins to work. If we are walking in submission to God's will, we will be protected from evil.
Submission is important in the battle against Satan. "Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). If we are truly submitted to God, then the power of God rests on us. Satan will flee from His presence.
God desires his children to be disciplined. This is where submission is important. We must remember that in this Age we are "training for reigning". No one who has not learned to yield to the will of God can be trusted to lead others into the Lord's will.
Submission is one of the most important steps in building character. Submission shows real strength of character. Any fool can be rebellious. But it takes real maturity to submit.
Created: 23 - Jan - 1997.