Written by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
It is with a joyful heart that I welcome you to another wonderful time in the study of God’s Word. May you encounter light from His Word that will shatter every form of darkness in your home, in Jesus name. Today, I shall be teaching on ‘The Truth About Submission’.
The word submission has been termed foolishness to the world, but to the believer it is wisdom. By this wisdom many women have won their husbands to the Lord and several have kept their homes from falling apart. Let us see the definition of submission.
What is Submission?
Submission means to willingly put oneself under the authority of another. The Bible clearly shows us God’s mind concerning this in Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. ‘As unto the Lord’ implies that wives are expected to treat their husbands with the same reverence with which they would treat God. Women, don’t wait for enforced submission. Willingly put yourself under your husband’s authority else that marriage may never work.
In God’s divine order, submission from a wife to her husband is a necessary requirement for making marriage work. It is a command from God and not an option. Pride has hindered so many women from submitting, but remember God’s word: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:8). That shall not be your portion, in Jesus’ name. Therefore, you need humility, obedience, respect and love to submit absolutely. Obedience and respect are principal requirements in submission, because a husband you don’t obey and respect, you cannot claim to be submissive to. Submission should also be done in love, not out of fear or threats. When it is rooted in love, it is perfect and brings God’s presence down in the home which will end in success for your family life.
Submission flows from the heart. Women who battle with submission do so because God’s Word has not gained entrance into their hearts. You may hear a message on submission and receive it with joy, but you need to let it sink into your heart. Until submission takes root in a heart, it does not last. You may submit for a while but later revert to your former rebellious ways. May God grant you understanding, in Jesus name.
You must understand that your state of heart determines the words of your mouth; rebellious thoughts leads to rebellious words. Therefore, submission must be in thoughts, words and actions. Submission can be reflected in the words you speak. How do you address your husband? Some women talk to their husband rudely, using derogatory words. No, it is very wrong! You can convey submission, rebellion or indifference by your choice of words; by speaking right and gracious words, you will draw your husband closer. Words can be correctly used to bring you favour with your spouse. The Bible says, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Proverbs 25:11). Without doubt, right words spoken at the right time are of great value.
Carefully read this testimony
‘I had always encountered difficulties in my home because I could not control my tongue. I was so sharp-tongued that anytime my husband wanted to speak or correct me, I would end up quarrelling with him. There was no humility in me and I knew it was the cause of so many problems in our home.
When I came for the women convention, I decided I needed a practical solution. As a woman of God ministered, I desired the same humility and submission at work in her. I then decided that like the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment and was made whole, I would touch the woman of God and receive my heart’s desire. After the ministration, I went forward to the altar and embraced Mummy Oyedepo, and she said to me, ‘It is well’. That was it! All became well with my life and my tongue received a touch. My husband noticed that a new life has emerged in me’.
Your submission should reflect in your actions too. Obedience is doing what you are told to do. Make sure you do what your husband tells you to do. In so doing, you are reflecting submission in your actions. Some women always have reasons why what they are asked to do will not work. But that is not submission in practice. Obedience is one cheap way to win your husband’s love; let your action reflect submission.
To be able to submit absolutely, you need Jesus Christ in your life. You need to be born again. This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are already born again, rejoice because your case is settled. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and 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).