The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
-Submission is a symbol of humility and pride parallels self exultation. Satan the leader of all demons exulted himself and fell like lightning from heaven. As Jesus gave the seventy-two disciples authority, He has given us the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy in His name. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus and He has given us the mandate to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to obey His commandments (Mat 28:18-20). Jesus sovereign grace and salvation is completely from God and He has written our names in heaven for His divine purposes. This according to Jesus; should be our main cause for rejoicing and not other worldly things that are fleeting. Our mission is therefore evangelism as God has called each of us in various capacities, leading many to repentance causing rejoicing in heaven among the angels (Lk 15:7-10).
Submission is the act of meekness and the meek will inherit the earth (Mat 5:5). It is in Gods’ will that His Kingdom comes and His will accomplished on earth as it in heaven. Through submission to God in repentance; He grants us the gift of salvation and writes our names in the book of life, so that no one may snatch us away from Him. In the call to humility; Jesus did not consider Himself equal to God but humbled Himself like a servant and became obedient to death; even death on cross and God exulted Him, so that in His name every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord for the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:5-11). Pride is therefore the root of all vices and humility is the mother of all virtues. Before the crown came the cross, before honor comes humility and before favour comes submission. When we submit to God, demons submit to us in His name and we walk in dominion. God also calls us to submit to those in authority, submit to each other as brethren and each married couple to their own spouses in reverence to Christ. Most importantly, to submit to God and we will find peace and prosperity, and walk in His light. Since the just shall live by his faith (Habak 2:4), we are called to trust in the Lord in our thoughts, intentions, heart desires, businesses, careers, education, health, projects, churches, challenges, nation, world and all things, and He will make all the crooked paths straight. When we trust in God, He increases our faith and justifies us for eternal life with Him.
We exalt You our God and King; and tell of Your wonderful splendor in all the earth. We celebrate Your abundant goodness and rejoice of Your salvation in our lives. Every knee in heaven and on earth shall bow before You and everything tongue confess that You are the Lord of lords for the glory of God the Father. May Your salvation reach all tongues, people and nations we pray; for the glory of Your name. We submit our intentions, plans, heart desires, families, children, marriages, churches, businesses, careers, education, leadership, nation, the whole world and all things unto You Jesus, for You care for us. Increase our faith and shepherd us every day Jesus. You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love, have mercy on us. When we are weak then we are strong for You are always with us Jesus, we thank You. Great are You Lord and most worthy of our praises, all power and salvation belongs to You; forever and ever. Amen
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