Submit : to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:—be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto....
When you here the word submit what comes to mind? Doing what someone tells you to do. We submit ourselves to a lot of things without ever thinking about what we are doing. Like the weather report. Now the funny part about the weather report is that we have jokes about having a job that a person can be wrong so much and still keep it. Yet the next day you'll plan according to the report. The news is another one. Many of us will admit that only one point of view, clips or sell-able material is published, but we submit to it as "the story" of truth. If you take a moment just look at all the things you do that really are submitting.
The word of God comes at us with these commands, to submit.
[Col 3:18 KJV Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.]
[Heb 13:17 KJV Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.]
[Jas 4:7 KJV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.]
[1Pe 2:13 KJV Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;]
[1Pe 5:5 KJV 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.]
These are just some of the most common using the word submit. But the word of God is full of commandments to obey. When you read the word its just that a command. However God came down on the earth show us that heart of the matter.
Why do you submit? Survival submission or willing submission?
When I speak of survival I'm talking about you making a decision based on the consequences. An example of this, wives submit yourself unto your husband. The wife submits because its a command from God and if she obey's it then she isn't in "trouble" with God. And it give God room to "fix" the situation. So she submits to her husband. Or you obey them that has the rule over you, your boss. Not because you think he is right, but because he is your boss and God said to obey him.
A willing submission is believing in why or who you are submitting in. A wife having confidence in her husbands decision. An employee following the instructions of a boss because they see the wisdom in their boss.
So I ask, why are you going to church? Because you know that it's the right thing to do, so you go. It's been apart of your life and it's what you do; survival. Or because you're going to the house of an Almighty God that came down into flesh and died for you to get to know Him, um via church.
[Isa 1:19 KJV If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:]
Willing is the key here. God never wanted a bride to submit herself to Him because hell was the alternative. Just as a man doesn't want his wife to submit because God told her to or else. God desires a body of people (His bride) to have confidence in Him. That He is doing the best thing for them. That His ways are right. He only created the whole universe and all.
So why do we pack for rain when the weather man's been wrong, yet don't trust that God heard our prayer when He has never been wrong.
[1Ch 28:9 KJV And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.]
It's never been about the law, it's about the worship. Worship takes it from duty to praise. From doing something because its what you're supposed to do, to wanting to do it.
[Psa 51:15-19 KJV O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.]
God is worth submitting to on all points, try it today willingly.
Submitted by: Tina Marie