1. Introduction

Look at these pictures – what do you notice about them, what do they have in common?

When things are out of alignment they can cause damage, and in some cases, huge destruction. At the very least, and will never run efficiently or accomplish its purpose effectively.

We also need to be aligned spiritually to receive the full blessing that God has in store for us:

We need to be aligned in the area of:

1.     Authority and submission

The story about my experience while working as a young project engineer in the oil company:

Worked under a boss that was unfair – away for various reasons whenever a large and difficult project came along but when my colleague and I had worked out all the difficult details and nearly completed the design, he would reappear taking all the credit and the best part of the project – the site supervision. This became a pattern. He was also a freemason and an alcoholic. Very anti-Christianity not allowing me to take leave for church conferences. I never submitted to him (in my heart). One day I reported to his boss what was actually going on in our department. He was immediately called in and reprimanded. Life became very difficult for me after that. I was given a very bad rating at my assessment and as a result had to forfeit a merit increase.

The Lord spoke at that time about “submitting to ones earthly boss”. I changed my attitude towards him, serving him as best as I could, and 6 months later I got a big increase in salary and a year later I was promoted to Regional Engineer with a company car.

      a)      What is submission?

Greek word translated submission:

Hypotassō

1) to arrange under, to subordinate

2) to subject, put in subjection

3) to subject one's self, obey

4) to submit to one's control

5) to yield to one's admonition or advice

6) to obey, be subject

This word was a Greek military term meaning "to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader". In non-military use, it was "a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden".

1.      The Principle of submission and authority.

Matt 8:

And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 8:6 and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented." 8:7 Jesus *said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8:8 But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another, 'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it.8:10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 

The Centurion understood that you only truly HAVE authority when you are under authority. He did not say “I too am a man IN authority”, he said: I too am a man UNDER authority.

We must place ourselves UNDER authority willingly!

2.      Submit to earthly “masters”

Eph 6:5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;

(Titus 3:1 NKJV) - "(1) Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,"

3.      Government

(Romans 13:1, 5 NKJV) - "(1) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. ... (5) Therefore [you] must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake."

So what if the government is evil?

“Remember the context — Paul has just written several verses about how we should respond to evil, and he concludes, “Overcome evil with good” (12:21). Although government authority is established by God, and is good in itself, it is sometimes used in an evil way. Christians should not fight against the government, repaying evil for evil, but are to respond with good behavior.

Paul is giving a general principle, not writing about specific rulers. We do not subject ourselves to specific people, or pay taxes to specific people — rather, we submit to the office, and when a new person is in office, we submit to the new person, not the old one. Once a person is out of office, we do not owe that person any allegiance or payments. The “authorities” that Paul writes about are roles, not specific people.

“Submit” does not always mean “obey,” but it usually does, and Christians should be willing to obey civil authority. If the government commands a sin, then we have to disobey (Acts 5:29) — but that does not mean that we can fight against the government on other issues. We do not conform to the world (12:2), but neither do we try to overthrow it.” - http://www.gci.org/bible/rom13

  (Titus 3:1 NKJV) - "(1) Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,"
Remember when Peter & John were thrown into prison for preaching the Gospel, they said:
 Acts 4:19
 But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 4:20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." 

4.      The Home – submission to one another

Col 3:

3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord3:21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 3:25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

Eph 5:

5:21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

5:22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 5:24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

5.      Submission to God & Christ – Through the Spirit

Romans 8

8:7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

8:9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- 8:13for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

  • The key here is sonship: if you truly a son, you will be able to be fully submitted to God, if you are not a son, you will not be able to submit.

  • The Spirit of God that dwells inside of you helps you to fully submit to God and to the people he has put in authority over you.

6.     Conclusion

Are you fully submitted to God? If not, you will never be able to be submitted to anyone else – you will be out of alignment and heading for disaster.

Examine carefully if you are aligned in the area of submission. If not, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to fully submit to the father.

Take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to fully reveal to you all the areas where you are in rebellion than offer it to the Father and become a true son.
 


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