Friday, July 29, 2011

Submission and Obedience Comes First

There are times that God asks us to submit ourselves to him in a particular area. For me this step into the land of submission, usually arrives first of all through the form of prayer and the word. Then if the submission requires change in my life, God will bring along a person. The amazing thing is that because of the time in prayer and the word, I immediately realize I am to listen to this person. The opposite is also true, when someone is not for me. It does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with a person. Instead it means that God has someone else for me.

Why all of this submission talk? This week the Holy Spirit began to lead me to a place that is an answer to my prayers. The surprise to this organized woman named Nancy J. is that it is necessary for me to begin implementing changes immediately.  God is faithful and he brought material and a mentor into my life to implement the changes.

One of the changes is in the areas of people I am mentoring, teaching and where I spend my time. This focus is one more step into submitting to God and all he has for me. The difficult part is this submission and first change deals with people. What do I mean by this? It means I can no longer spend time with people, mainly women who desire to discuss the same issue they struggle with, again, again and again. They talk, but there is no action and they have no intention to change. The topic of struggle is only one to chat about. God is now sending me women who desire to change, they are looking for a mentor/teacher and they take responsibility for the change and their relationship with God. There is sadness in this decision, in submitting to God's requirements of me, but there is also freedom. I realize there are women who are hurting, but I also realize that we all are given 24 hours in a day. God holds me accountable for my time and he speaks into my heart who the women are to be.

It does not mean that I do not love all of my sisters in Christ, instead it is about submission and obedience to the God I serve. It is about understanding that if I spread myself to thin, I am not helping other women or myself.

Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he WILL obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and he will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me WILL NOT obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:23-24.

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