Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 27, 2017
“Submission is the door to victory.” – Pastor Joe Campbell
James 4:7-8, 10
“(7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded…(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
The word “submit” can be defined as the act of yielding your will to a superior force; to comply; to give over. The very definition of the word reveals that submission is a choice and an issue of the heart. An internal war is raging within each of us. Romans 7:15 & 19, “(15) For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. (19) For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” It’s our pride, the work of the devil that rebels and promotes disobedience. Pride says “There is no room for God when it comes to my decisions.” Psalms 10:4, “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.” If we resist and disobey, if we’re no longer submitted, if we’re confused or lack conviction in any area of our life, the demonic gains an advantage. However, wherever you surrender to God, there you become powerful. Humility is the key to submission. James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” God brings His strength and His ability into your life when you submit to His purpose and His plans. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God equips us and releases His divine strength, resources and ability into our lives when we submit and say, “Your word is my will.” Submission is the connection to divine enablement in our lives. Our past sin, insanity, and decisions that brought us to a cursed place can be broken through submission to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Where you surrender to God, you become powerful and a candidate for His authority. Your portion is blessing, fruitfulness, dominion and authority.
“A life submitted to God’s plan provides a greater vision that will drive decisions and bring longevity to your faith. What kind of life are you living?” – Pastor Joe Campbell