by Miles Seaborn



I Peter 5:5

“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves
to the elder. Yea, all of you be subject
one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace
to the humble.”

INTRODUCTION: Christians who care submit themselves to
one another.

We are living in an era of self-expression and
independence. The slogan of most people today seems
to be "I'm going to do things my way." Yet the Word
of God tells us that the way to fulfillment is not
simply through self-attainment but through submission.
This submission is the result of the fullness of the
Holy Spirit.

Listen to what the Scripture says:

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit." Eph. 5:18

Now, how can you tell if someone is filled with
the Holy Spirit; an individual, a husband/wife, a
fellow Christian? Is he going to perform miracles?
Will there be some strange glow about his face?

According to Paul, there are three evidences of the
fullness of the Holy Spirit. FIRST, We are joyful. The
Scripture says:

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody
in your heart to the Lord." Eph. 5:19

SECOND, we are thankful.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto
God and the Father in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:20

THIRD, we are to submit one to another.

“Submitting yourselves one to another in
the fear of the Lord.” Vs. 21

This whole matter of submission then relates to the fullness
of the Holy Spirit.

Now if you and I are walking in the power of the flesh
we will not submit. The flesh is proud and the flesh always
wants to assert itself. This is the spawning ground of an
independent spirit. The New Testament has nothing good to
say about the flesh:

“The flesh profiteth nothing.” John 6:63

If we are walking in the Holy Spirit's power, t ...

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