The Power of Dependence, The Authority of Submission

Why are we so dull? Why do we insist on using the tactics and strategies of men and this world‘s cultural system to accomplish what needs the power and authority of God to do?

Have we not known? Have we not heard? Has Christ not been an example to us that every way of man is futile and that the way to everything we need is His way?

He has taught us that to lower ourselves in service is a promotion in the heavens. He has taught us that giving yields great profit. He has shown us that love, not self-advancement wins every battle. He has shown us that waiting is the fastest way to progress.

I want to focus on two powerful weapons we have that spawn great results in the Kingdom. Dependence and submission yield power and authority.

Your child has at his or her disposal an immense armory of tools and power in their father. They only need to come and ask for help or guidance or assistance. Will not the father spend his stores on the child’s welfare to help and guide and assist? Asking is depending.

Children (those who have not yet developed a sense of pride) do it all day. They are not thinking of themselves — what others will think or that they should be ashamed — they shamelessly ask for things repeatedly. Sadly as children grow older they begin to develop a self conscience (dwell on those two words for a minute) that will no longer allow them to operate in dependence. They fill their heart with the pride of that, “I did it all by myself”.

I, for one, would like to tap into my Father’s stores of resources as they are beyond anything I might think or imagine. I like the concept of dependence. It puts the expectation on Him and off me.

“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:10-13.

Dependence opens the floodgates of power — His powerhouse.

The other spiritual position that deserves a second look is submission. How many think that by asserting their own will and thereby their own authority they will accomplish more than if we submit to an authority over us. It just isn’t so, nor does it make sense to believe it would be.

When you submit to an authority you are adding what little strength you may have to the authority of one who is greater (in authority) than yourself, thus compounding your effectiveness. To strike out on your own is a weak position.

If you act under the authority of one in authority you gain the strength of the whole chain of authority right to the top of the chain.

When you submit to the authority of the policeman you are not only protected under him but also avoid the potential consequence of the policeman, the local court, the state court, the national judicial system and the government, and even God (for all authority is from God and he is at the top of every chain of authority).

The Roman centurion had this right and Jesus was amazed at his faith.

“The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matt. 8:8-10.

I think the centurion noticed something we do not, the evidence of things not seen. Submission is authority.

So when you find yourself in need, remember, there is power in dependence and authority in submission.