Submit Yourselves To God
Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd
Summary: How do we submit to God? What is required to do this? 1- We submit by resisting 2- We submit by moving 3- We submit by grieving
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
While few of us would ever end up in prison like Bakker we all are guilty of not submitting to the Lord as we should.
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
PROP.- How do we submit to God? What is required to do this?
1- We submit by resisting
2- We submit by moving
3- We submit by grieving
I. WE SUBMIT BY RESISTING
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
You resist something in order to submit to something. Normally, that wouldn’t make sense to anyone but in this text, it does. We resist evil in order to submit to good. And we resist Satan by submitting to God.
ILL.- I got a letter from the social security department one day stating that they overpaid me $8000. I nearly flipped when I saw that letter. I immediately called my CPA in southern IL. He wasn’t in his office at that time. His receptionist asked me to fax a copy of that letter.
I think it was the next day when my CPA friend called me and said, “Steve, you better get your checkbook out!” I said, “WHAT?!” Then he started laughing and said, “No, the social security have your income listed incorrectly. You need to go to the SS office and take your W2 form and your taxes and show them.” I did that the next day and the lady at the desk typed some figures from my W2 form. Then she said I should get another letter from social security with the correction.
My point is this: When dealing with certain people you need help! I was over my head when it came to dealing with social security administration. I didn’t know what to say or what to do. I needed help beyond myself. I need a professional, so to speak.
We have professional on our side when it comes to dealing with Satan. Who’s that? GOD!
ILL.- Christian author, C. S. Lewis wrote: “There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.”
It could be that we don’t give the devil enough credit for the evil that takes place in this world. HE IS BEHIND ALL EVIL, DON’T YOU KNOW? Murder, crimes, violence, abuse, wickedness, etc.
Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
I Peter 5:8-9 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Brothers and sisters, we are war! The devil is out to slay you and me! He wants to trick us and trip us up anyway he can in order to get us off track and away from the Lord. And our only hope and help is in the strength of the Lord. WE GET OUR STRENGTH FROM HIM.
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