Well, we’ve made to the beginning of a new year. Isn’t it interesting how a new Calendar year begins when nature is pin hibernation? The trees are dead of life. The ground is bare and frozen. Yet man is celebrating a do over in a new year. Hmmm.

Last year I began the practice of seeking the Lord for “One Word” for the year. I asked Him what did I need to work on? What are You wanting to work in me or out of me? I heard “fearless”. I shared on my previous blog how that worked out.

Now I could decide that seeking “One Word” is useless since I failed last year. But I know that that is what my enemy would want me to believe. If he can keep me from being focused or mindful, he has a better chance of distracting me from recognizing how God is moving in me. No sir re bob. I’m not falling for it.

I’ve asked the Lord again, “Is there one word that You want me to grab a hold of? A word that describes what You want to do in me or through me in 2017?” I heard a word. I know it’s the correct word because I’ve already had to make a decision to give in to it or resist it. Confirmation!

My “One Word” for 2017 is SUBMIT. Now in my opinion submit is different than obey. Submit requires more of the heart than obedience. We know that God is more concerned about our heart than our acts.

I believe the children of Israel’s struggle was because they preferred to obey the Commandments rather than submit to God. Because they would not allow their hearts to be involved with their obedience they opened themselves up to fall back to what had their heart. Idolatry.

The Lord is wanting me to learn to submit to my husband. Not to become a doormat. My husband loves too much to allow me to do that. I need to submit to his position as my husband. The head, leader, of our family. Honor him. Respect him. Consider him.

I need to submit to my pastor. His assignment is to look after my soul. To protect me as a shepherd does with his sheep. According to Ephesians 4:11-12 apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. God requires me to submit to them. Obey with my heart, with a spirit of love.

Hebrews 13:17 (KJV) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

I also need to submit to the laws of the land. Not just when someone’s watching. At al times because it’s in my heart. No texting while driving. No speeding. Return shopping carts to their carousels. Yes, I went there. That’s where submit is different than obey. It goes a step further.

1 Peter 2:13 (KJV) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, or as supreme.

So, this year I’m committed to choose to submit when my flesh fights for it’s own way. Not just obey, but give my heart to submit because I know it will please the Lord.

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