A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, October 31, 2013
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
I have never seen such a spirit of rebellion as rampant upon the earth today. Young people rebelling, old people rebelling, poor people rebelling, rich people rebelling, leaders of the nation rebelling; and dare I say it—people and pastors ‘of God’ rebelling.
When you rebel, you are refusing to submit. When you refuse to submit to God, you are removing Him from the throne of your heart, and you are submitting to the devil and placing Satan on this very throne. When you commit this act of exchanging God of this Universe for the god of this world, then you are giving place to the devil, and he rules over you and your life.
How can one expect others to submit to their authority when they themselves are out of order by refusing to submit to authority; and therefore, operating in the spirit of rebellion? Parents, how can you expect your children to obey you, when you are out of control and refuse to submit?
The Greek word for “submit” as used here is hupotasso (pr. hoop-ot-as-so), which means “to subordinate, obey, submit self unto” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster defines “subordinate” as “submissive to or controlled by authority.” Do not be deceived, family! You are either under the authority of a selfless, loving, and protective God; or you come under the authority of a selfish, ruthless, and oppressive devil—there is no in between. God is your hedge of protection, whereas Satan is your accuser, devourer, and destroyer.
Submitting to God doesn’t always mean that you completely agree or buy in to what He has spoken or is saying; but it does mean that you trust Him enough with your very life that regardless of whether you completely understand or completely buy in, you submit willingly and give the Lord complete rule over you and your life.
Even Peter didn’t completely get on board with what Jesus commanded him to do by going back out after he had been fishing all night, and cast his net in the same place (Luke 5:4-6). This truth is evidenced by Jesus telling Peter to let down his ‘nets’ (plural); but if you pay close attention to what Peter did, he let down his ‘net’ (singular). Peter was still skeptical. But even out of his skepticism, he was still obedient and submitted to the Word of God. Yes, he was too skeptical to take all the nets, but not skeptical enough where he still took one. It was in that one net of obedience that God honored him and filled his net to overflowing!
What about you, my brother? Who are you submitting to? And you, my sister? Whose authority are you choosing to come under? Is it the unconditional love of the Father, or the condemnation of the devil? Where are you casting your net, family? Why not give God a try? Psalm 34:8 invites us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Try Him, my brother. Taste Him, my sister. God is the best meal you will ever catch.
Father, thank You for giving us Your gift of submission. Help us, Oh God, to submit to You in a deeper way. Touch our hearts with Your hand of obedience. Teach us your ways, Oh Lord, and lead us on your smooth path (Psalm 27:11). We forsake the ways of the enemy and the ways of the world for Your ways. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we submit to You, Lord, and that we have freedom because we obey. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to submit to God, thereby resisting the devil. Choose to allow God to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you (Psalm 51). Choose to walk in obedience each and every day to your Lord. And continue to fight the good fight of submitting to your Father; for God, your Amazing Grace who laid His life down for you, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.