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Series: Luis Palau | Submission

Many people cringe at the word “submission.” But this week on “Reaching your World with Luis Palau,” Luis points out that submission, as taught in the Bible, is not a negative thing.

Be Found in Submission to the Lord Friday, February 8, 2019

One of my favorite memories is from last Christmas, when I was in China and I was preparing to speak at a church.  I planned to meet with Reverend Chang, an amazing woman who had been wanting us to come to China for three years to preach the Gospel in her church. It took that long to get the details worked out but finally, we were there.

On the day I was supposed to preach, our team got lost trying to find the room we needed to be in. When we thought we had found the room, we peeked in. Nobody was there – or so we thought. It took me a few seconds to realize that actually the room was full with all the elders, including Reverend Chang. The reason we didn’t see them is because they were bowed low in prayer, on their faces. It was so beautiful and humbling. It was incredible to witness. The Christians of China for years have inspired our team by their faithfulness and steadfast commitment to spreading the Good News. And in that moment, their posture and prayerful hearts for the message that morning and for the people of their communities was such a beautiful picture for all of us.

May we be consistently found low in prayer, submitted to the work of God in our hearts and the hearts of those around us. Only then can He use us to reach our world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Exercise Trust Thursday, February 7, 2019

Everything good in life requires degrees of well-placed, well-earned trust. We can’t simply say, “Trust me.” Trust has prerequisites. We all have very active trust processors. When we get hurt by others, our trust meter’s sensitivity goes way up.  It’s easy to end up at the mercy of our trust processor, trusting no one, not even God. If that happens, however, we end up forfeiting everything good in life [James 1:16-21].

Live in isolation long enough and, yes, you can develop phenomenal talents and skills. But in isolation you can’t develop character, or integrity, or leadership skills. Those are developed only within authentic relationships built on humility, trust, and submission.

Keep in mind that submission isn’t about power. It’s not even about recognizing and following the leadership of those over us, although that’s very important. Instead, submission involves actively listening to and heeding the counsel of others.

Whenever we tune out what God and trusted friends have to say, we’re nothing more than rugged individualists—bound to lose our way and get needlessly hurt. Don’t do it, my friend. But rather, remember that word that says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”

This is Luis Palau.

Reject Three Misconceptions Wednesday, February 6, 2019

​Let’s look at what the Bible does—and doesn’t—say about submitting. Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The broader context leading up to this verse builds a strong case for true, Christ-like humility and for authentic, grace-filled relationships of trust. So, I want to clear up several misconceptions about submission.

First, submission isn’t possible unless someone rejects the American ideal of rugged individualism. Otherwise, we’ll know nothing of submitting to others’ strengths, and pay a dear price.

Second, Scripture doesn’t give us the authority to command others to submit to us. That would be as ludicrous as commanding someone to love or respect us. Submission must be earned. It builds upon the positive aspects of true humility and grace-filled trust. Only when those two things are in place is healthy, Christ-like submission even possible.

Third, submission doesn’t mean taking orders. Instead, it means being willing to yield or defer to the strengths of others. This is true not only in marriage, but also in every other major relationship of life, including our relationship with God.

Together, let’s reject the misconceptions about submission, and embrace what the Bible actually teaches.

This is Luis Palau.

Embrace Humility, Trust, and Submission Tuesday, February 5, 2019

It’s probably an exaggeration to say most people hate the word “submit.” The fact, however, is the word “submission” isn’t even in the vocabulary of the average person.

You’re free to disagree, but I believe there’s nothing the devil would like better than for us to have no idea what it means to submit—in humility—to God, and to a small handful of pre-selected, highly trusted individuals who know and love us.

True submission is built on humility and trust. None of the three are natural for us. Instead, we’re mostly good at trying to be self-reliant and sometimes reckless.  When we embrace humility, however, the transforming power of God’s grace begins to be released in and through our lives. If we come to others in humility, God’s grace is poured out through us, making it possible to build relationships of trust. Of course, we can’t trust everybody. Then again, as my friend David reminded me, “Conversely, we can’t trust nobody.”

So, today, ask the Holy Spirit to use Ephesians 5:21, which commands us to “submit to one another,” and other Scripture passages to teach you important, life-changing truths about humility, trust, and submitting to others.

This is Luis Palau.

Don't Repeat van Gogh's Tragic Mistakes Monday, February 4, 2019

In every major sphere of life you’ll find stories about the tragic results when someone had no clue what it meant to submit to God, let alone humbly yield to others he or she could trust.

One of the most tragic figures in the art world is Vincent van Gogh. He thought he could have a relationship with God while neglecting or avoiding meaningful relationships with others here on earth. He constantly rebuffed the encouragement, counsel and advice of his older brother, Theo, and others who loved him.

Ultimately, van Gogh’s despair brought him to the point of abandoning faith in God. Apparently, he never considered that God, rather than failing him, had been trying to speak to him and care for him through those who deeply loved him. What a difference if van Gogh had only listened to his friends. He could have fulfilled his destiny as an artist to the glory of God. Instead, van Gogh ended his own life with a bullet. 

Why such needless tragedy? Because van Gogh had no clue what it means to submit or yield to God, let alone humbly defer to the wisdom and counsel of others he could trust.

What about in your life so far? Who do you trust the most? Yourself? If so, don’t repeat van Gogh’s tragic mistakes. “Today is the day of salvation” [2 Corinthians 6:2].

This is Luis Palau. 

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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