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Submission Releases God’s Favor Into Your Life

August 16, 2011

In our world today it is promoted and accepted to be your own person, to believe in yourself and to rebel against authority.  When you are your own person, when you rely and depend on yourself and when you rebel against authority in essence you are saying that you do not need God and therefore make the grace and blessings that are available for you unavailable.

In saying all of that people can also abuse power by abusing people.  Many people will have the facade that they are God-appointed when in reality they are not, they use God as a blanket but in reality they are abusing and using people.  This does not need to expanded upon and we all know people like this.  However, there are many many people in this world that are God-appointed and have a heart that is after God and seeking God and a heart that is after the best of intentions toward people.

Most us know the story of David and Goliath but most of us do not know the full story.  David was appointed by Israel to fight the soldier Goliath who was appointed by the Philistines.  There was not a huge battle, just a battle between two people that would decide the fate between the Israelites and Philistines.   We know that Goliath was a huge and mighty warrior and that David was just a small boy.  We know that David did not have weapons and had only a sling and stones from a brook.

What many do not know is David was not even a soldier in the army of Israel.  David was there just to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers who were in the army!  Yet, David found himself appointed by Israel to deliver the entire nation of Israel.  David was at the right place at the right time because he humbled himself and submitted to his father’s instructions to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers.

The bible says that we should not despise the day of humble beginnings.  There is nothing glamorous about delivering bread and cheese, but David did not despise it.  And that put him right in the Valley of Elah, the wind blowing in his hair — a young shepherd boy with no military experience representing the nation of Israel against a mighty giant who was a man of war from his youth.

This is what God loves to do.  He loves to take the foolish and weak things to shame the wise and mighty things of the world.  So, humble yourself and submit to the authorities that God has placed above you.  And when you are faithful to carry out small tasks assigned to you, His favor is released in your life and you might just find yourself doing great exploits for God!

When you are under the leadership of God-appointed people you will have to humble yourself and submit to them.  But, God will put you in the right place at the right time and that direction that you are getting can turn into directing others in the future!

Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers and ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp.  And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand…   —   1 Samuel 17:17-18

Submission to God-appointed leadership will always cause God’s favor to flow in your life.

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