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The Power of Submission - A Devotion

The Power of Submission
The Power of Submission
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Matthew 5:5 (AMP)
Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
Listening to the radio, the announcer shared a news story about Candace Cameron Bure who grew up before a watching world on the long-running sitcom “Full House”. She is has written a new book called, “Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.” Produced from a Christian perspective, she writes “I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work.” When questioned on such a stand she made this statement to the Huffington Post: “The definition I'm using with the word 'submissive' is the biblical definition of that," she said. “So, it is meekness, it is not weakness. It is strength under control, it is bridled strength." I love her definition of meekness. Meekness is not weakness but strength under control. The word submission is not welcome in the world in which we live that is controlled by power out of control. In a place dominated by sin which is defined as rebellion against God it is no wonder everyone has lost interest in meekness and humility as it is not the world’s purpose. As believers, it must be our own. Submission is a choice. What is it to submit? To give over or yield to the power and authority of another. Submission requires trust. The Bible has named the man as the authority and head of the household. Woman bustle at the concept and have removed such a statement from their wedding vows indicating that this will not be the case. But this does not change the ordination of God in the union that He established.

Ephesians 5:22-28 (AMP)
“Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the church, Himself the Savior of [His] body. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless]. Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.”

This is not a word about marriage but rather an example of submission to God. Many years ago, I had a friend tell me that I must learn to submit to my husband. I must admit today, probably ten years later, that at the time I was like “yeah right” but today I agree wholeheartedly. Submission is not about my husband but me. I benefit when I submit to those who are put in an authoritative position in my life. God ordained my husband to be the head of our home and authority in our marriage. He also commissioned this man to love me as Christ loved the church. If he does not fulfill his part of the obligation, it in no way releases me from the Promise that I made to the Lord when I decided to marry him. So I must live in submission to him which means to be meek and humble in my service to Him as unto the Lord. Now before you go nuts and think that my husband walks all over me, just hang on a second. Only those who know and understand meekness and humility as defined by the Word of God and demonstrated by Jesus Christ will understand such a concept as submission. I whisper to you as not to offend, if we cannot submit to our husbands or any other authority that God has placed in our life – we will never be able to fully submit our life to God. Candace Cameron Bure nailed it when she called meekness to be nothing more than power under control. As believers, we are given the keys to the Kingdom and are expected to use them wisely. Instead, we try to make our own will come to pass and get what we think we have coming rather than fully submitting to the Word, Way and Will of God which flings wide the windows of Heaven pouring all of His Blessings out into our life. The Word of God says that those who are meek inherit the earth and they are blessed. What an overused word “bless, blessing and blessed” has become labeling all the lesser things that we have chosen to have rather than the full measure that God has purposed in our life. If you are not happy, blithesome (lighthearted, merry and cheerful), joyous, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions, then you are not blessed…yet.

Psalm 37:3-11 (AMP)
Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday. Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found. But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

The mission of the meek is not a difficult journey except when our heart and mind lacks humility. The inner struggle between our flesh and the Spirit for control limits our ability to claim the inheritance of blessings and promises that God has for us. He will not allow hostile or adversarial spirits to come close to His Kingdom or takeover your inheritance even when that person is you. Righteousness is reserved for those who are meek and gentle. Our mission as believers is summed up nicely in Psalm 37 with a neat little bow. We must trust the Lord enough to do good in all situations, every day and all day. Our turn from evil and sin must be a full 180 degrees if our objective is to be blessed. God does not force us to accept His Gift of righteousness but it is by invitation only. You have the calling but acceptance is totally up to you. The meek will delight in the Lord enough to praise God in every situation, circumstance and trial knowing that He is withholding no good thing from those that He loves enables us to keep praising through the pain and problems that we face. Commitment of one’s life to the Lord requires submission to the Power of God in our life. It means that everything that we do and say should point back to our allegiance to Christ without every uttering His Name. In other words, we should not have to tell others that we are believers they should be able to distinguish the difference in our lifestyle. Meekness allows us to be still when all hell breaks loose in our life rather seeking the shelter of the world or hiding in the darkness that is waiting to engulf us. Wait on the Lord even after you feel that He is long past due because the meek will inherit the earth but we must endure to be saved. The meek will delight in an abundance of peace that flows from a complete trust in God and confident heart that He is in full authority over our life and worthy of having it. This is the mission of the meek but don’t worry Jesus didn’t leave us on our own to figure it out.

Proverbs 16:19-21 (AMP)
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord—happy, blessed, and fortunate is he. The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].

The meek will gain wisdom from God’s Word that allows them to have a humble spirit. God’s Word and counsel are essential to understand meekness. If you look up the word meekness in the dictionary, it is defined as patient, longsuffering, and submissive nature which comes with the disclosure “an obsolete word no longer in use.” Ain’t that the truth! Even professing Christians do not spend much time reading, studying and praying God’s Word. No wonder nobody trusts the Lord anymore, the do not know Him. No wonder meekness is obsolete in the world we live, believers have stopped promoting it. Happy, blessed, and fortunate is He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord. You will never submit to an authority that you do not trust. It is difficult to trust someone who is untried. Marriage usually comes after a period of time called courtship. As the relationship develops, the couple decides if this is someone who they love and trust enough to share their entire life with. Your relationship with the Lord demands the same attention beginning with the knowledge found only in His Word.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (AMP)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

The Spirit of God brings good tidings to the meek! God sent His Spirit to encourage us in our submission to the Lord and explain God’s Secret Thoughts with us through a thriving relationship. He is the consummation of our relationship to God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son. When the Spirit of God comes to you, He immediately brings all of God’s Blessings with Him. He is the guarantee that it all will come to pass in our life as we submit to the Lord. (Ephesians 1:14) But the Spirit is not only a gift bearer but a fruit producer in our life. The Spirit cultivates the seeds of faith in our heart to be our offering to the Lord and to share with the world. “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” (Galatians 5:22-23) What relationship does not benefit from reciprocal gift giving? Submission is yielding our life to the Power of God which gives us Eternal Life that comes from His Kingdom along with every other blessing and promise associated with our new life in Christ. In exchange, we begin to produce the fruit of the Spirit which is not anything that we can make happen but everything God makes happen in and through us. Let me explain. I have amazing children that I would love to take full credit for but it took two people in a relationship to create them. When we partner with Jesus Christ, He gives us His Spirit which comes to live inside of us. Spiritual fruit is the reproductive result of our interaction with God’s Spirit and the seed of faith that we have been given to produce Kingdom results. God’s Power now lives inside of you and is ready to multiply and prosper you from the inside out. Are you willing to submit to Him? Will you become meek and humble to produce such goodness in your life?

Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

Jesus Christ came to demonstrate meekness to all mankind. He laid aside His Power and Authority to subject Himself to mankind to honor God. He knows our weakness. He knows our shame. He knows every single sin that we have committed and every one that we have yet to. He love us anyway. My role as wife does not give me the responsibility of Holy Spirit in my husband’s life. I am to be his helper. I am to honor him with my life as I have promised. Jesus Christ is all that my spouse needs to properly lead our home. When he makes an error or omission, I cannot insure his right standing but Jesus Christ will. He will be my husband’s example. I am to love and support my husband as Christ does me. I am to protect and shield him with my life. I am to give him the grace that I desire and the mercy as well. I can take my life from him. Divorces happen every day labeled with irreconcilable differences but since I have fully surrendered my life to Christ this is not an option for any relationship in my life especially my marriage as we are all reconciled to Christ who has shown us that we are to lay down our life (submit, humble) for others. In Psalm 37, we are encouraged to roll and repose each care on to Jesus. But our mission of meekness does not stop there. As we take the yoke of Christ upon us, in doing so we are to shoulder one another’s burdens uniting the Body of Christ in selfless love and commitment. (Galatians 6:1-3)

Ephesians 4:1-6 (AMP)
I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.

Submission is a choice. If you do not want to submit to others, you do not have to. If you want to live a life fully submitting to the Lord, you will have to submit. Meekness is definitely power under control. Salvation has given you the Spirit which is God’s Power living inside of you. But like with any power, it only allows the heart to fully demonstrate its objective and intention. Those who are on a mission to inherit the earth and have eternal life will live in humility today fully confident that God is able to do more than they think or ask as they commit their life fully to Him. We are called to live lives of complete lowliness of mind or humility and meekness which is unselfishness, gentleness, mildness with patience bearing one another’s burdens and making allowances for one another’s faults as magnification and multiplication of the Grace that we have been given. You do not have to. You have the power to choose. To pursue righteousness and live in right standing with God, we must learn to fully submit maintaining a gentle heart given to love in all situations. (I Timothy 6:11) Even when those we are trying to love prove quite unlovable – we choose to love them anyway just like Jesus loves us. Humility is to act in compliance with His Revealed Will (His Word) and keep His Commandments (His Way). (Zephaniah 2:3) Anything else is considered rebellion and oppositional to His Kingdom. Do you want to be blessed? Do you desire to be “happy, blithesome (lighthearted, merry and cheerful), joyous, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions”? Submit your life to Jesus and all those placed in authority in your life (yes, even your husband). Live in meekness possessing a gentle heart ready to fall in love with others. Be humble for the reward of humility is riches, honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4) The world will never understand a concept but as you do – you will be blessed!

Philippians 2:2-8 (AMP)
Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!