The Power of Submission! By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
With joy and gladness, I welcome you to another wonderful time on Family Success. Thank God it is December, the month of Christmas! I am sure you have every reason to be thankful to God for His goodness, mercy, protection, healing, provisions and all that He has done for you this year.
Things may not have worked the way you envisaged, but for the fact that you are still breathing, you owe God thanks!
This month, especially with so much enthusiasm from women, it is important that a key factor is considered while making all things ready and best for the season. This key factor is what I have titled: The Power Of Submission! I pray that you shall not just be a reader, but a doer of the Word in Jesus’ name.
What does the word “submit” mean? It means to put oneself under the control of another. Submission is essentially a matter of the heart, which will eventually find expression outwardly. The heart is where the foundation for submission is built. Hence, any submission that is not genuinely from the heart is mere hypocrisy.
What God did at creation clearly reflects the position of the woman in the home. He took a rib from the side of the man to make the woman. God’s Word says: And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof (Genesis 2:21).
The fact that the bone was not extracted from Adam’s head attests that the man’s position as head is incontestable. Also, the fact that the bone was not taken from Adam’s feet, proves that the wife is not to be trodden under foot or trampled upon as a slave.
After making the woman, God presented her to the man for government (Genesis 2:22). That is, the woman has a primary responsibility of submitting to the leadership of the man, as ordained by God from creation. God’s Word says: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). It is God’s command that the woman submits to her own husband. Thus, it is not an option, but an instruction!
Your words reveal whether you are genuinely submissive or not. Actions, they say, speak louder than words. True submission to the husband will definitely reflect in the woman’s behaviour. Notice that the submission is supposed to be “…in everything” (Ephesians 5:24). In essence, “everything” covers all areas of life.
When a woman allows her husband to fulfill his covenant role of headship, she has automatically given him the room to play his messianic role over her. According to my husband, sometime ago when my health was under attack, he went apart to inquire of the Lord on what to do. He said as he searched through the Scriptures, he discovered from Ephesians 5:23 that he is the saviour of my body, the same way Christ is of the Church. He, then, concluded that I did not require my faith to be healed, and that he could exercise his God-given authority over me, as head of our home.
When he returned home and learnt that I had been taken to the hospital, without much ado, he had his bath, drove down to the hospital. There, he ordered the doctor to remove all the medical gadgets that were on me, and discharge me. Amidst protests from the doctor, he took me home.
Later in the day, the doctor came to our home to visit his “patient”, only to be told that I had gone to the hairdresser! The patient was no longer a patient! That was the end of the bout with that sickness. Perhaps, if I wasn’t reciprocating my husband’s love with submission, he would have become weary of loving me. But by submitting to him in everything, I give him the co-operation he needs to fulfill his “messianic” role in my life.
Submission to one’s husband in everything is not put there by God to torment you, neither did He institute marriage to make life difficult and unbearable for you. Marriage is not a necessary evil like many think; it is instituted by God to be heaven on earth. From this time forward, whatever family you represent, it will begin to stand out in Jesus’ name!
Your submission must first be unto the Lord and then, submitting to your husband won’t be difficult. Being born again fosters your submission to the Lord. You can become born again by saying this prayer of faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).