The word submit is a military term that means “get into your proper rank.” When a buck private acts like the general, there is going to be trouble! Unconditional surrender is the only way to complete victory. If there is any area of the life kept back from God, there will always be battles. This explains why uncommitted Christians cannot live with themselves or with other people.
“Neither give place to the devil,” cautions Paul in Ephesians 4:27. Satan needs a foothold in our lives if he is going to fight against God; and we give him that foothold. The way to resist the devil is to submit to God.
After King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband, he hid his sins for almost a year. There was war between him and God, and David had declared it. When he finally submitted to God, David experienced peace and joy. Sub¬mission is an act of the will; it is saying, “Not my will but Thine be done.”
From the Book: “If you love Me, you will keep My command¬ments” (John 14:15, NASB).
Read: Psalms 32 and 51; Mark 14:32-36; 1 Peter 1:14.
Action assignment: Ask God to show you any area of your life that is not yielded to Him. Tell Him you want Him to be Lord of all today and every day.
WARREN W. WIERSBE