Summary: It is impossible to dominate in the natural realm if Jesus does not dominate in the spiritual realm!
Is Jesus King supreme in your life? Every child of God must allow the King to be supreme in order to exercise supremely the authority of the King!
You ask, “Pastor, where am I supposed to exercise this authority?” Over the world and its luring, over the flesh and its lusts and over the devil and his lies!
Last week we learned that authority was freely given to Adam in the garden, then it was legally lost to Satan, and then righteously regained by Christ!
But here’s the glitch…there can be no dominance or dominion until we submit to authority…The Lord Jesus Christ!
H.G. Wells said near the end of his life, “…Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history, but He does not dominate my heart.”
LifePoint: It is impossible to dominate in the natural realm if Jesus does not dominate in the spiritual realm!
Joseph Sung a Romanian Pastor who was tortured and beaten under Communist rule for 25 years. The communists despised his Christianity. After the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe Joseph became a spiritual leader in Romania until his death in 1998.
An American Pastor asked Joseph what he thought of Christianity in America. He hesitantly answered, “In America the key word is commitment.” The Pastor said, “That’s true, so what.” Then Joseph responded, “In Romania there is no word for “commitment” and we would use the word “Surrender” because it is a more accurate word to describe Christianity.”
Then the America Pastor was confused and asked, “But what’s the difference? Isn’t it the same word as commitment?” And Joseph said, “No because when you make a commitment you are still in control, but when you surrender you are no longer in control. You can commit to win souls, share your testimony, read your Bible, but suppose someone comes up to you with a gun and says ‘Stickem up’ what do you do?” then Joseph said, “You Americans like to be in control over everything even you spirituality!”
I think he’s on to something – don’t you?
Christ doesn’t become Lord until we surrender to His person, His presence and His power! How many of us here today would be better at what God has called us to do if we submitted better to Jesus Christ?
FACT: Jesus Christ is called “Lord” in the N.T. 740 times.
Whether or not you’ve surrendered to Jesus – He’s already Lord over all!
Acts 2:36 “…God has made Jesus, Lord and Christ.”
The most important question for all of us is – do we recognize that He is Lord and have we responded to His leadership?
Have We Surrendered To:
1. The Redeeming Claim of His Lordship. Vs. 9a
“For to this end Christ died”
He died wrenchingly in order to claim us regally to Him
1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” NIV