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What is submitting to God?

(Psalms 37:23-29; Matthew 6:32-34)

Why should we submit?

As children of God, we live in complete dependence upon the promise of the Scriptures that God will be for us. The Scriptures is our swords and our faith in that word is our shield to fend off the attacks of Lucifer. God has many ways of providing for his people. They can be depended upon at all times. In order for us to be able or qualified to use any of the weapons that God has provided for our defense, we must be willing to submit to the Will of God. We must be willing to submit our mind, body, and soul to doing His will.

Submission is obedience to and compliance with the will of God. The Scriptures says that obedience is better than sacrifice. When we come to God, we must remember that He is Lord of the heavens and earth. This means that we must come to him with respect as the sovereign Lord. Yet, we must also have confidence in his capability to defend us from evil and supply us with all of our needs.

The Scriptures declares that God has given to Jesus all power, authority, and judgment. Jesus invites us that labor and are heavy-laden, to come to him. Each of us must pay attention to the call of Jesus because our lives are filled with the useless pursuits of material goods, recognition, and enjoyment. We are heavy-laden with guilt and sin. Nevertheless, Christ invites us to come to Him for help. Whosoever will let him come.

However, when we come to Jesus, we must submit to his authority. We must be obedient to him in all things. He will help us even if we are imperfect. Submission is self-denial. God told Solomon in 2nd Chronicles that if we would humble ourselves. Humble is a state of thinking. It simply means not to think too highly of oneself. This was the reason that Lucifer was thrown out of heaven. He thought that he was more than he actually was. When we think too highly of ourselves, we tend to miss the mark of God. When we think too highly of ourselves, we become filled with self-pride. The Scriptures state that pride comes before a fall.

Our pride traps so many of us in our sins and addictions. Although we know that we are stuck on stupid and left standing on Crack Street, our pride will not let us come to someone for help. Although we know that we have offended someone, pride convinces us that we did nothing wrong. Although, we know that we have messed up, but our pride will not let us admit it.

Our submission to the will of God is important because it permits us to see ourselves as God sees us. In our own eyes, we are always right, even if that is not the case. When caught red handed in the wrong, we can come up with various reasons why we were right for doing the wrong thing. On the other hand, when we look at ourselves according to the Laws of God, we will see that many of our actions are more than just mere sins. We shall see them as atrocities toward God.

The Laws of God reveal the sinful side of man. They permit us to become aware of our sins, and think humbly of ourselves. The battle for our recovery from our assorted dependencies and failings is a spiritual conflict with spiritual opponents, and with spiritual intentions. The weapons of our warfare are very powerful and convincing. However, we cannot use these weapons for our defense if we have not cleared ourselves with God. In order to clear ourselves with God, we must approach the throne of God. In order to approach the throne of God, we must first submit to the will of God and Scriptures.


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