Over the years, I have heard the word "submission," used from one extreme to the next. I have also seen this word used in a manipulative form to establish fear and control in its victim. One of the synonym definitions for the word submission is obedience. In this generation, there seems to be outright rebellious attitudes towards the word obey. Have you ever heard someone say, "You don't tell me what to do; I do what I want to do?" Yes, I too have heard that statement, and have also said it, in one way or another.

It is true that some of the reasons people are rebellious, angry, wrathful, and in rage is because of abusive authority. However, how long do you let what a person did or didn't do, control your life? Are you forever the victim? There are many people in prison today, casting blame for their behavior, refusing to be accountable or responsible. This level of monarchy is dangerous psychologically, and can be physically. The word of the Lord declares, "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience" (Ephesians 5:6).

What are vain words? These are words that are futile, and full of reasoning. There are many people that have made an art form of justifying and explaining away sin in their lives. One excuse after the next is the back log for the statement "I want to do what I want to do!"

Unfortunately, the results for this disposition can be catastrophic. When Godly submission is not in place; envy, strife, confusion, and every evil work can be released in an atmosphere (James 3:16).

In the book of Ephesians, chapter 5 and part of 6; The Apostle Paul gives us an outline to follow for proper submission. This outline includes submission to God first and foremost. Then he takes it further and reveals the proper submission for husband and wife, parents and children, employer and employee.

The Apostle Paul leaves no stones unturned…Keep in mind; if a person does not submit/obey God, they will not be submitting to you. The Bible speaks of this person as a fool, and the Bible does not give much hope for a fool. Also keep in mind, if you are the authority figure in whatever capacity, and you abuse your authority through manipulation, the wrath of God can come upon you as well. No One is left out of the equation of justice.

The reason why we submit to one another in the fear of God is so he would be glorified, and the devil would be defeated. Submit yourself therefore to God, then you can resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).

Unto the pure, all things are pure. If you truly mean to serve the Lord from a pure heart, you will recognize this blog as an affirmation for your spiritual growth.

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