Read: Luke 10:17-20
When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to Him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” 18 “Yes,” He told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”
Reflect: Submission and authority are very difficult issues for all of us. Most of us would agree we need authority to function in our society with order, but few of us would agree that submission is a good thing. When we think of submission we often confuse it with subjugation, or the use of brute force to control people or situations.
Fortunately for those of us who love Jesus, biblical submission is literally a world apart from brute force or subjugation. It is at its core lifegiving. While it may seem to be only a good suggestion, it is actually a clear directive in the Bible. Ephesians 5:21 NLT tells us that putting people ahead of ourselves is a large part of our journey with others, “And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
As hard as it is for some of us to fathom submitting to one another it is one of the greatest acts of love we can demonstrate to others. It is a fundamental part of being a Jesus follower. Putting others ahead of ourselves encompasses the very heart of Jesus. It was the one thing that marked His life and love for people. Putting them ahead of Himself, serving and imparting life to them. Philippians chapter 2 tells us that Jesus’ life was empowered by submission first to the Father then to the people He served.
Friends for each of us to grow deep in our love for Jesus we must recognize that spiritual submission and authority lie at the very heart of all of God’s creative order. And for us to effectively engage in spiritual warfare prayer we must understand His purpose in setting submission and authority in such a crucial place.
That little word submit, hupotasso, has such huge implications for each of us. It is a military term that means to be in order. The entire spiritual realm was created by God with order and when things line up they go well. But, we are all creatures of rebellion. We love to rebel and not submit and when we rebel we quickly get out of order. Our hearts and thoughts get out of order and our world spins out of order.
This is not accidental, but a very intentional tool Satan uses on our flesh to undermine God’s influence in our journey. Satan’s whole makeup is rebellious and if he can convince us to operate in the same spirit then he knows he can render us totally ineffective in our daily living and our warfare prayer for others.
It is only when our lives are found submitted to the cross that the Holy Spirit can flow freely in us and through each of us. Make it your goal today to bow low before your Father and allow Him to lift you up in ways that will both surprise you and bless you deeply.
Father, teach me the value of surrendering to you in all things. I know it is there that I find life and order not in doing my thing but in doing yours. I want to learn to live in submission to you so that I can operate in your authority to heal and restore others.