Don’t forget the 4 previously taught spiritual disciplines – meditation, prayer, fasting, study. They are SO important for this discussion and others in understanding God. The heart of our Father will help us to choose submission.
Nothing keeps us in bondage like religion. No spiritual discipline has been more abused and misused than submission.
Slave Vs. Free
Slave — being without choices, every decision leads to the same outcome
Freedom — choices with different outcomes
Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit, and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 TPT
What does this have to do with submission?
Submission is freedom for everyone
Many of us are crushed under the weight of having to make everything our way. We are slaves to “my way”.
Scripture is incredible!
Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
ALL CHRISTIANS! Submit to one another.
Ephesians 5:21 NLT And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ready for the revolution?
Colossians 3:18-22, 4:1 NLT 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. 20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 4:1 Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.
Submission is freedom! Freedom from being a slave to “my way”, and to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him and submit to Him, daily.