Whomever you yield…

forbiddenThere was a movie back in the 80’s about a young girl who lived in the ocean who was fascinated with life above the water. This young girl also took a specific interest in a young man who was a prince. Now there was a seagull giving this young girl information that was incorrect about the life above the sea. See, the young girl is like most of us today, dissatisfied with what we have, and hoping for greener grass on the other side of the fence, and we will listen to others that will lure us in the wrong direction. Her father instructed her concerning the dangers of people who live above the water, and she was to have no contact with the land dwellers. This young girl can be a representation of us because we receive warning after warning concerning the dangers of dealing with people who do not share the same beliefs as we do, and yet we continue to go pass the barrier of safety and go after what we are not to have. 2 Corinthians 6:14

Now I will skip along to the main part I am desiring to focus on…yielding. Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” This young lady was so focused on being with the young prince until she yielded herself to the sea witch that was banned by the king of the sea. The sea witch made a deal with the young girl, to turn her into a human for three days in exchange for her voice. In order for her to stay a human she must receive “true love’s kiss.”deal-with-the-devil

What the girl did not know, just like some of us, the sea witch would use the gift against her. The young prince fell in love with the young girls voice because she saved him from drowning and sang to him before he came to himself. The sea witch knew this and saw this as another opportunity to enslave others that were in the kingdom, and to take a jab at the king. What we fail to see is each time we yield ourselves over to the devil, we become his servant. The young girl was the sea witch’s servant because she gave up her gift in order to have something she was banned from. The devil has been banned to the chains of hell by the KING of Kings, and yet we still yield ourselves to satan’s devices.

giftThe gift (the young girl’s voice) is what caused the young man to fall in love. It wasn’t the girl that he loved because he had never saw her, but it was the gift of her voice. The devil is coming after the gift that God has placed in each and every one of us. The gifts are without repentance, but when we yield ourselves over to the devil, we give him permission to use our gifts against us. The sea witch used the young girl’s gift against her because she surrendered it over to the sea witch in order to be a human for three days, and the sea witch used the young girl’s voice to hypnotize the young man into loving her instead of the young girl.

The deal falls through and the young girl does not get the kiss she so longed for. The king goes and vows for his daughter, but the sea witch reminds the king the deal is solid between her and his daughter. The king chooses to give up his authority in order to save his daughter. Doesn’t this sound familiar? God gave His Son to take our place even though we made a deal with the devil through the sin of Adam.stop-self-sabotage-behaviour

With the sea witch thinking she has full control over the kingdom, and using the kings power, she attempts to triumph over everyone, but it was short lived, and she was destroyed. The king receives his authority back, and all of those that were once enslaved by the sea witch are now free. Jesus has destroyed the workings of satan from all of our lives, and HE has set all of us free from the bondage of sin and death.

Our Heavenly Father loves each of us in a very special way. The chastisement that we receive is for our benefit, and never for our hurt. When the young girl was chastised earlier in the movie, she was offended and hurt behind it, and it caused her to make a deal that was destined to ruin her life forever. We must be careful to handle correction properly because it is in that time of correction that our character is tested.

12_jesus-breaks-chainsI know I talked more about the movie than scripture, but Jesus talked In parables to give people a meaning to spiritual things. This movie was used because so many of us have yielded ourselves over to the workings of darkness for a temporary relief from some sort of offense we have suffered, or because of a particular lust we wanted fulfilled. My brothers and my sisters, please be careful with the gift the Lord has blessed you with, and always strive to yield and submit yourself to the Lord, so HE can exalt you in due season.

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Submission

Submission is a word that make many people cringe at the very thought of it. It is a strong profane word (at least some think that it is) that is used in the body of Christ, and people that have pit bull, independent like mentalities (I will discuss these mentalities in the next addition) may consider this word to be a ploy for control. I do not believe that the Lord intended for His people to be controlled through the shallow insecurities of man that dwell among the Earth, but instead He intended for us to conform to His will through willful submission. This form of submission is a way of conforming to The Will of God first, and then everything else will fall in place. 2 Corinthians 8:5. According to the Webster’s 1913 Dictionary, the word submit, is another means of conforming. This type of conforming means to be in accord or harmony; to comply; to be obedient. The reason why this word is fought so much within the body of Christ is because the devil knows that when we learn how to walk in harmony, and agreement with the Will of God willfully, his kingdom will be destroyed. This is why the scripture says that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. Mark 3:23-26.

 In Acts 2 the Holy Ghost fell because those in the room were in agreement (accord) with one another, and this agreement was a result of many people coming to Christ. There are places in the scripture like Matthew 18:19 that mention the Lord showing up in the midst because the people are walking in agreement (accord) with each other. In order for us to walk together, there must be agreement, (Amos 3:3) and this form of agreement is a conforming (submission) to the will of God.

I can remember when the Lord allowed me to get married, and He told me that He was going to teach me how to submit through my marriage. Now this was a hard pill to swallow for me because I have been independent for a long time, and did not need anyone to do anything for me, but I soon found out how quick this would change. I had to learn patience (still letting this fruit work in me) and temperance. These are fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that will cause a person to conform to the Will of God, if we submit to God’s Word by focusing on Him, and not what we see in the Earth. Ephesians 5:22 is a scripture that many people get twisted. It says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” The thing that people miss in this part is that the writer mentioned…….as unto the Lord. If I am not willing to conform to the Will of God by conforming myself to His will, then I will never be able to respect and submit myself to the authority that the Lord has given me to provide, protect, and care for me. Remember 2 Corinthians 8:5 says, “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and then unto us by the will of God.” Please think about this scripture because “WE” have to give ourselves to the Lord willingly before we can give ourselves to someone else.

Submission must always start with a conforming through agreement, and walking in harmony. This is essential for the body of Christ because your advancement in the Lord is dictated by your submission to the Lord’s Word. He tells us in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Here the Lord is telling us not to walk in harmony with the world, nor to waive your privileges and authority that God has planted in you to the World, but submit to Him, so that we can know what is pleasing in His eyesight.

Submission is a good thing if we do it the way the Lord intended us to.  He did not say that we had to submit to people that we only like because if that was the case He would have never told us in 1 Peter 2:18 to submit not only to the good, but also to the bad. See 1 Peter 2:13-21; Romans 13:1-7. Submission is not just a way of following rules for a show or fashion (Colossians 3:22), but doing all things with a heart that is single and surrendered unto the Lord. Submission is the way and life of a believer, and the heart of a true believer. Submission is done with a heart of purity, a heart of no complaints, a heart of not being seen or magnified, a heart of harmony, a heart of obedience, a heart of agreement, and a heart of true love.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24