The Dirty Little Word

We hear the word and we cringe.

 

It evokes feelings of loss of control, being weak, giving up or giving in.

 

Poor thing, it has a bad rep.

 

But truth be told, it’s the road to redemption, the pathway to freedom, the lane to liberty.

 

SUBMISSION

 

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We dove into this topic with Part I of this series The Way Of The Master. You can read that by CLICKING HERE. So here I’m picking up where I left off with the HOW. I am a person that is open to learning. But I need to know HOW to do what you’re suggesting. So here’s my take on how we can submit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ.

 

Humble Crucifixion

 In order to submit, we have to acknowledge that our way isn’t the only way. We have to acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers. Our minds tend to think we know a lot and pretty much have it together.

 

The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God;

it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:7-8

 

But true humility knows and recognizes that we have nothing and are nothing apart from God. And as a Believer, my life is not my own anyway because I was bought at a price so I ought to just take up cross and follow Him. When we humble ourselves, He exalts us in due time. When we submit to one another, we demonstrate the love of Christ and He is glorified.

 

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Consider The Source

Recognize the authority, HIS authority in your life. When you respect a person and consider them credible, you listen to them and take their advice. My former co-worker, Mrs. Delia, patiently, lovingly spoke into my life. I considered her credible as an authority on parenting as she had successfully raised several children. I knew her to be a credible source of information on marriage as she had navigated the highs and lows of married after having been wed to her beau for nearly 50 years. And I also listened as she shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her love for the Lord was evident in her love, patience and compassion for others, including myself. She truly modeled Christ’s love and when I was ready to taste and see, it was she who walked Roman’s Road with me. She indeed was a credible source to whom I listened and acted on her advice.

 

Consider your standing with Jesus and His track record. A ruler divine from the beginning of time. All knowing, all-powerful and everywhere all at the same time. He kept you from disease when you were promiscuous. He kept you from hurting yourself or others when you thought you could take no more. He kept you alive when you were driving in unsafe conditions. He answered your prayers for salvation, healing, provision and protection.

 

I would say He’s more than credible.

 

Have Ears To Hear

Since we’ve already established that we don’t know everything, we don’t have all the answer and there is ONE who is credible that does, let us hear what He has to say. Hearing from God requires us to be still, minimizing internal and external distractions.

 

Be Quick To Obey

I tell my children, “Delayed obedience is disobedience. Slow Obey = No Obey.” Then the Lord gently reminded me that I had to take my own words to heart. As a journalism student I was taught to always gather the 5 W’s & the H. And I try to execute that same strategy with God…It doesn’t work that way friends.

We are not only to be hearers but doers of the Word. And that doesn’t mean DO only after you have all the answers. Besides, you’ll never have all the info upfront so get to moving. When you plan a vacation a year or more in advance, do you have every bit of information upfront? Do you know the exact weather forecast for the second day of your trip? Do you know exactly what you’ll eat on the 4th day? Do you know who will fly your airplane? NO! But you book your flight, your hotel, and your ground transportation and may even buy new clothes not knowing exactly what’s to come. So why do we demand so many answers from our Heavenly Father who knows all, sees all and loves us with an ALL-consuming love? Mmm…

Let’s learn to trust and obey friends. Here’s a little nugget on obedience.

 

 

If you’ve turned over the reins and Christ is guiding your steps, kudos friend. I’m praying for your continued obedience to take Him at His word. For those on the fence, what’s standing in the way of your total submission to Christ? Let me know so I can pray for you.

 

Submission is not actually the dirty little word after all but a means of experiencing Christ in a deep, meaningful, transformative way.

 

Take a knee and submit today.

 

As always, it is my prayer that you’ve been Inspired To Live Fully!

 

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9 replies
  1. Ifeoma Samuel
    Ifeoma Samuel says:

    Nice Video Tyra
    I like this “Delayed obedience is disobedience. Slow Obey = No Obey.”
    May God Grant that our hearts may fully yield to His instructions.
    Thanks for this post friend.

    Blessings to you and your family

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    • Tyra Lane-Kingsland
      Tyra Lane-Kingsland says:

      Ifeoma,
      I have found that obedience has accelerated my spiritual growth. Though it is not easy it yields great rewards, most of which is greater relationship with Christ. Praying you experience vibrancy in your relationship with Christ as you delightfully, quickly obey.

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  2. Melanie Redd
    Melanie Redd says:

    Hey Tyra,

    I stopped by today on Dance with Jesus, and I’m glad to find your site!

    What a great challenge for today! To trust and obey, to radically obey!

    I was just thinking about the words to that song today, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…”

    Love the video – you look good in that color! And, I was walking right with you in the snow…

    Your penned and spoken words have encouraged me today!

    Hope you have a blessed weekend~
    Melanie

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  3. Liz
    Liz says:

    To submit to the King is to truly be free from the burdens of having to choose for ourselves! Such great words from you. So glad I popped over from Susan Mead’s Dance With Jesus beach party!

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  4. Candace
    Candace says:

    LOVE the video, Tyra! It’s so wonderful to feel like I’m sitting and chatting with you :). I completely agree with what you learned from the man at the conference. As believers, we should let God make those choices. He does it so much better than we do. Mrs. Delia sounds like a wonderful mentor. I’m glad you had such a beautiful influence speaking truth into your life. I’m always encouraged here, my friend.

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