by Eddie Snipes

Submission to all Authority - A Command with a Promise
Eddie Snipes
Genesis 16:8-11

I will state right up front that I don't expect this to be a popular message. Submission is in direct conflict with the human pride that we all struggle with. As Ben Franklin once said, "Humility is such a hard virtue to attain that if I should attain it, I would be proud of myself". The Biblical principle of submission, as with every other New Testament principle, finds its origin in Genesis. The book of Genesis is the foundation that the entire Bible is built upon. Not surprisingly, this principle taught by the Angel of the Lord is identical to what the New Testament teaches in 1 Peter 2:18-20 {read text}

Lets look at the biblical principles of submission.

Submit to God
{read James 4:6-8}

The first principle of submission is to submit to God. Without first submitting to God, we cannot submit to others. Humanly speaking, we are not submissive by nature. Most people can submit when everything is going in their favor, but it takes a spiritual focus to submit at all times. There must first be a transition from the flesh to the spirit. My flesh only looks at my own will and self-interest. "Is this going to fulfill what I want?" My flesh looks at the person in authority and asks, "Does this person measure up to my expectations?" When I become spiritually focused, I am not looking at the person that I am submitting to, but to God. I submit to God through those He has put over me. If I am looking at the worthiness of those in authority, I will always find fault.

An example of this can be found in the military. When a soldier approaches an officer, he salutes the officer. There is no question about worthiness, only about rank. As a soldier, I did not have to judge the officer, only his rank or position. An officer stands on the authority that was determined by the military. In the same way, everyone in authority does not stand on their own claims or by their own strength, ...

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