Tell Me Something Good Monday – Submit and Listen

 

“Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)?”
‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Monday!

I came across the scripture above taken from the Book of Romans that really spoke to me.  Depending upon what version of the Bible you are reading, the scripture changes a little.  What or whoever you are a slave to, you will continually serve that one’s slaves.  It’s an endless cycle that you can never win, if you are serving the wrong one.  Are you a slave to food?  Alcohol?  Drugs? Theft?  Depression?  Strife? Drama?  If so, how do you break this pattern?

The answer is very simple.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.  The more you study God’s word, the more you will hear the Holy Spirit.  For me it’s a voice inside that tells me to do or not do something.  Others tell me they hear a loud voice.  Listen and submit to His authority.  How do you know if it’s the Holy Spirit and not Satan?  Ask yourself EE2099B9-5F1D-4DF5-BC54-19F6182A69ACif what you are hearing is in line with God’s word.  It’s really that simple.

Yesterday, I was studying and I kept hearing this voice say “go cleanup your bedroom”.  At first I said, “okay, I will when I get through reading” but the voice would not leave me alone.  I had been putting off this chore for a few days, but I realize that this is an important role for me as a wife.  So, I did as requested and was able to sit down without the distraction and study.  Sometimes I also get the voice that says “don’t eat that” and I have actually said out loud “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I’m going to anyway”.  I’ve heard others say the same.  It’s important to stay healthy when we are doing God’s work, and we need to listen to the Holy Spirit.  The Tell Me Something Good Monday News is since I’ve been paying closer attention to the Holy Spirit, my life has been running smoother.

This is called submission to authority and works at home, work, church and with the law (See Romans 13:1,2).  People who are in rebellion like to argue and be arrogant.  According to 1 Samuel 15:23, since rebellion is an act of pulling against authority and manipulating people’s wills it is a sin similar to witchcraft.  If you are unable to submit to authority at work, you should find a new job.  The same holds true at church.  You should submit to the authority of the legal system too.  As a wife I submit to my spiritual leader at home, which is my husband.  I know that will probably upset a few people.  Most of the time there isn’t an issue to submit about, but when there is, I let my husband decide.  Ladies I tell you this works well.  My husband treats me wonderfully.

We can not become leaders, until we understand how to submit to authority and everyone has someone to be accountable to, but the good news is the Holy Spirit is here to guide you on your way.

Have a super Monday.  God bless you.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Usually, I would not go here but since you did, I will. It has to do with the issue of leadership and how it relates to your husband. Recently my wife and I did not agree regarding a decision that I made concerning our adult son. I don’t want to go into much detail, but I will say that he has rejected the Lord Jesus and is involved with an Indian Religion. Initially, he pursued us and almost demanded that we approve of this hurtful and sinful/wrong choice of his. Finally, after many tears and some anger, we agreed that we would not discuss it.
    He has something that he wears that is a symbol of his devotion to this religion. I have always considered our home our safe place. What I mean by that is that it is a place where as much as possible we are kept from the attacks we face when we go out and into the world. Therefore we do not allow certain things in our home as they are related to an attack from the enemy of our soul, Satan. I decided that when our son comes into our house or when he is with us he will not wear this symbol. At first, my wife did not understand why I made this decision, but she decided that she would honor the choice anyway. As a result, the storm clouds came down, and heavy rain and even lightning made its way towards us from our son due to this decision. Slowly, he started to calm down, and at this point in time, we do not suffer from any of the ill effects of this choice. We have watched him begin to move away from the threats and start to respect our decision. I believe, and so does my wife that because we were in agreement our son is slowly coming around. At this point, I want to remind you that my wife initially did not agree with this, but now we can both see the evidence of harmony between the two of us and how God honors our respect for submitting to authority. You see if a man is not under authority to God he will not be able to lead and will not make choices that a woman, his wife, can honor. So, this is as important for us guys as we walk by our wives sides before the Lord. Leadership is never about control but merely the wisdom to point in the right direction.

    1. Absolutely. Well said. I know it’s a touchy subject but when we follow what the Bible says in Ephesians, it helps us to know our role. It’s not a power struggle of who’s in charge.

      Our son has issues as well after going to the University. Sometimes love is tough. My husband and I don’t always agree. When we don’t, I submit to his authority. Together we study and seek out God’s will. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

  2. Hi, my friend, I was approached to begin this blog based on what I have experienced over the last fourteen years. My first chapter is titled Origins because it is like the introduction of a book. I am writing each chapter to follow as a devotional, but they will be the real-life experience and what God has done in my life as a part of that experience. Over the last fourteen years, I have had 32 surgeries, spent a countless number of days in the hospital, had more MRI, CT Scans, blood work and more physical therapy than any reasonable person could imagine. I live with chronic constant pain but some days are better than others. I know that there are others who suffer and need encouragement. I believe that God has called me to become a source of encouragement for others who face pain. My wife and I are members of a very large church, and there is a team of pastors who call on those of us like me who are facing surgery for a variety of issues. A common question that I receive from the pastors is how do I stay so positive through tough situations. The comment that they will often make is that others within the church facing surgery question why God would allow this to happen to them. Would you be willing to follow me and then ask God who you could offer my blog to as a source of encouragement and strength? I would be very grateful to you for this favor. Thank you and God Bless, Gary

  3. Amen! Very encouraging and enlightening post! Blessings to you always! Much love!

    1. Blessings to you Tammy.

  4. amen and amen

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