Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Subjection to God

“Subjection” means that you bring your whole being under the authority and power of someone or something else.

As Christians, we should be in subjection to God. Notice, it says…”you bring yourself under the authority and power”.

This is an act of our will…..willing with God….willingly.

Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

A victorious Christian should not feel resentment. So, at any time we are feeling resentful, we are not victorious.

There is no such thing as effortless Christianity…..for we are called to a walk, and a work, for each of us.

We are called to:

Shelter under the Blood (Exodus 12:5-7, 13)

“Rise up and come away” with Christ (Song of Solomon 2:10)

To “follow Me (Jesus), and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

To “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue…knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. (2 Peter 1:5-8)

To “Stand, and having done all to stand”. (Ephesians 6:13)

To “finish my course” (Acts 20:24)

These are things which we are to follow Christ into….but there are things that hinder that following……and resentments is a big one.

(In Hebrews 13:15 it is called “root of bitterness”. Resentment means that you have been hurt or offended…..and kept it in your heart.)

In our everyday situations, there are so many things which come at us…….unexpectedly.

Sudden losses, or words said….which can not be unsaid, or flashes of anger for slights, or sadness.

Everyday there is a time in our walk with Christ, that we can have the victory,….or not.

(I know some people do not like to say “have the victory”, because they think it stresses that we are to “go out and gain the victory”.

No, Christ won the victory for us on Calvary….and in His resurrection He bore our names on His hands and stands before the Father, as Mediator for us.

But….we are to enter into that victory. He has it for us….but are we getting it into our day to day lives? Remember that victory is by faith, and faith always sees God in any situation.)

The way we enter into faith’s victory……is by subjection.

[Proverbs 21:29 “A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.”

What this means is:

the wicked man (those who will not consider and submit to God in their lives) will make their hearts as stones. They will not forgive, they will not show mercy, they write the wrongs done them in the stones of their hearts….and will not forget.

But the upright (those who seek God and His way) will direct their hearts to do what God wants about these things;…and not let their emotions rule.]

Subjection is taking our place in any given situation….before God, Who is there. When we do, joy and victory are offered…..will we enter into it?

Resentful thoughts must be “taken captive” to the obedience of Christ. This is not just doing, because we “have to”……but doing for Christ sake.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

If we are to remain quiet….we do so.

If we are to say something…we do so.

The Way we go in our lives, becomes simply obeying Christ….and leaving the results….and the consequences in His hands.

And how does this deal with resentment?

Simply, by removing the reason we have them.

If Christ is in control….and we are His servants, doing as He wills….then whatever other people say or do, is between them and God….not them and me.

If we keep resentments away from our thoughts, and hearts…..we have a great victory….and joy!

And if we already have resentments against someone or something;….we are to come in honesty…..telling God everything….our side and theirs….and about our hurt, and anger, and…..even about the fact we do not want to forgive.

We are not only to tell Him,…..but listen to what He says….asking for grace—great grace—to set these resentments, and bitterness, right.

That is right: in you…..with God…..with yourself….and with the situation and person, as the Lord requires.

We think of great acts of might, or power, in doing God’s Will…….when God thinks of our subjection to Him and His Will…..in love, yielding to His grace within…..and having the victory in our everyday lives….to His glory.

1 Thessalonians 5:18-19 “In everything give thanks: for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Quench not the Spirit.”

If we would be in subjection to God, we must obey Him…..and receive from His hand all that comes to us…..because we want to obey.

And we should thank Him…..in everything.

I have tried to make it a habit….that when I ask for something….I also praise Him for what He has already done.

It gives me balance….I am taking my eyes off of what I want, and onto Who He is, and what He has done.

Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

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