Read His Words Before Ours!
For as long I can remember I’ve fantasied about meeting ‘the one’.
In my fantasy, I would be in a crowded café. A breathtaking man would walk in and catch my eye. He would be tall and handsome with piercing blue eyes. On seeing me, he’d make eye contact and suddenly, it would feel as if we knew each other.
Entirely enamored, he would stop everything to make his way towards me.
He would introduce himself and then we’d spend the next few hours talking, forgetting all our plans for the day. We’d then agree to go out on a date, a date that would be incredible and unforgettable. We would laugh and talk the evening away, getting to know each other. We would quickly decide to begin a relationship and have many more dates just like the first. I would be so excited to introduce him to my family and friends and they would quickly fall in love with him. Soon, we would get married and start a family happily ever after……
…..but that’s not what happened
When he met my friends and family, they said they didn’t like him and that I didn’t know him.
I couldn’t believe it! He was the man of my dreams!
Why was this going horribly wrong?
To make it worse, my family began advising me to break things off.
But I simply couldn’t get away from the hold he had on me.
Like a spider casting his web, this man had entangled his prey: me.
I was stuck in his web, and every time I pulled to get away, the closer to death I felt.
This is exactly what it’s like when we flirt with the enemy of our souls.
He preys on our dreams and desires and instead of fulfillment, he takes us down a path we never wanted to go, a pathway to death.
On paper, these paths are obviously dangerous, yet our feet are often quick to walk them.
In Proverbs 6:27-28 we see how not only is flirting with the enemy and his lies not beneficial, but also exceedingly harmful,
“Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?”
The scheming lies of the enemy’s enticements are subtle and sweet.
It’s the slow process of believing small lies until, before you know it,
you find yourself living a life you never wanted.
Small, seemingly harmless decisions that lead towards enemy territory,
are nothing more than sugar-coated sins
causing us to break unity with God and His people.
The good news?!
With God’s divine wisdom, we can avoid the traps so well placed by the enemy.
The answer is submission.
Submission happens when we willing choose to place ourselves
under the authority of another person.
To me, submission is like peroxide.
When applied it to a cut, peroxide burns and stings, leaving me afraid to use it, but I still pour it on my wound because it brings healing. Just the same, submitting to the Lord brings healing and does the Body of Christ (the Church) good.
Submission to the Lord……
brings unity among believers, (Ephesians 2)
opens the pathway for us to be made new in Christ, and (Ephesians 4)
is done in reverence to God from hearts that have been awakened by Him. (Ephesians 5:15-21)
When we submit to the Lord, we are effectively saying,
“I’m willing to stop listening to the enemy’s lies about my happiness.
Instead, I’m choosing Your (God’s) wisdom over mine.”
When we choose to submit our lives to the Lord, we have the ability through the Holy Spirit, to engage in the lifestyle of mutual submission with others around us as we actively walk away from the enemy and onto the solid ground of wisely reflecting God’s heart.
What does this wisdom look like practically?
It’s a wife respecting and honoring her husband,
even when her husband isn’t loving her the way she wants or even needs.
It’s a parent taking time to care for a child,
even when their own wants and needs are needing attention.
It’s an employee showing up and working to the best of their ability,
even when their boss isn’t kind or reasonable.
It’s children obeying a parent,
even when that parent doesn’t perfectly emulate the parent God has designed them to be.
It’s a husband taking time to learn and love his wife like Christ loves the church,
even when he struggles to understand her and feels disrespected and not heard.
Walking wisely as we mutually submit to one another is not choosing the easy path.
But it is choosing the path that honors God, others, and reflects God’s heart of radical love.
Don’t flirt with death, becoming entangled in lies, instead purpose to walk wisely by choosing God’s path for life!
How are you engaging in mutual submission?
What areas can you improve in submission?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!