Everyone cheered wildly at the close of the wedding. The couple had just spoken their covenant vows to one another as we heard the pastor say: “By the authority invested in me; I now pronounce you; husband and wife.”
It does not matter who you are; we all have people in authority over us. Some are able to submit to authority figures; while others are always challenging the one God has placed in authority over them. Pastors are given the authority by God and the state; to marry, to perform funerals and to shepherd the flock God has placed under them.
Jesus said He came to do the will of His Father. Although He knew His sole purpose was to die on a cruel cross for your sins and mine; He begged; “Father if it be Your will, let this cup pass from me. The Son of God concluded; “Not my will but Yours be done.” He also stated in the Lord’s prayer: “…Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
We live in an age that does not promote submission to anybody. Many hate authority figures of any kind. Narcissistic behavior is at an all time high. Few people respect the offices of those placed in authority over them. In fact the Bible proclaims; that in the latter days:
2 Timothy 3:2 “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,”
There is but One Person who truly does have all the authority in heaven and earth. In this present day; many refuse to acknowledge His power and authority. A day is soon coming; when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
According to Revelation 13:2; there will come a day when the dragon (Satan); will give the beast his “power, his throne, and great authority.” There are times it looks as if Satan has already “taken over” this world; however, he can never have the authority given to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! All authority has been given to Him. Satan’s days are numbered. His authority is limited. He will be defeated by the authority of our Jesus, once and for all!
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, I submit to Your authority today and everyday going forward. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in my life. I bow in submission to You both now and forever. I love You Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen