Monday, April 29, 2013

Truth or Lie #16: The Greatest Freedom is Found through Submission

Truth:    The greatest freedom I can experience is found through submission to God-ordained authority.

Lie:        The greatest freedom I can experience is found through rejecting God-ordained authority.

I just spent time with a family with eight kids and a family with five.  Both parents of both families are the authority in those homes . . .not the children.

When the children were submitted to their God-ordained authority, there was freedom.

And they were a joy to be around.

Noah and Isaiah Small

Cassia and Micaiah Lang

Selahnna Lang

As adults, we find it harder to submit to God-ordained authority.

We want to choose, be in charge, have our way.

Live free.

But living free doesn’t mean we call all the shots, ignore wisdom, and carry burdens we’re way too small to carry.

Living free involves submission.

I had a professor in college who said he’d like to write a book, entitled “Why children laugh more than adults.”

Children live free.

                Free to let others decide.
                Free to let others be in charge.
                Free from the burdens that those in authority have been called by God to carry.

Sophia Lang

Sometimes it’s okay to be like a child.
                Children laugh.
                Children live free.
                Children inherently know there’s always someone more capable of being in charge.

No matter our position of authority or situation in life, there’s always Someone more capable of being in charge than we are.

Submit . . . and live free.

This is Part 16 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets them Free, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to Capacity Corner) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one.

Feel free to share your own thoughts below!

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