True spiritual authority should operate in an environment of godly wisdom and mutual support that releases individuals to fulfill their callings in every area of their lives. God’s Word directs us to humbly submit our lives to Him, and in so doing, find lasting freedom.
Submission to God or to His delegated authority is not to be feared, but embraced. God promises to reward us richly when we surrender our right to carve out our own destinies in order for His will to be done in and through us.
READ: Matt. 26:36-39; Rom. 6:12-14; Heb. 13:17; James 4:7-17; 1 Pet. 2:13-20; 1 Pet. 5:5-7.
HEART ISSUE: Submitting to the requirements of less than perfect people can be problematic. How would God have us respond when facing unreasonable demands?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, may we be led by Your Spirit to respond appropriately to authority at all times. We ask for greater sensitivity and discernment, esepcially for those occasions when we are confronted with questionable or ungodly superiors. In assuming leadership roles, may we exercise our God-given authority in humility, always looking to release the potential You’ve placed in the lives of those we lead. Amen.
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