Beth Eden Baptist Church
Submit to God in Love
Lesson 7 - January 13, 2019
For a Christian, there are just two sides of the fence of life-the sinful side and the godly side. Many of us have naively convinced ourselves that a third option exists: to walk on top of the fence; not being on the sinful side or the godly side.
By attending church, we can hear sermon after sermon which tells us the right thing to do. When we go to Sunday school or Bible Study we discuss topic after topic designed to inspire us to submit to the Lord. But when we are outside the church many of us find ourselves back on the sinful side or trying to walk on top of the fence.
Submitting to God is not easy for many, if not most, of us. In fact, submitting to anything which requires discipline and dedication can be a great challenge in this day of instant gratification. Even when we do our best to do the right thing, that doesn’t mean we won’t slip up and sin occasionally, but to submit to God means we have declared ourselves t be on the godly side of the fence and not the sinful side...or on the top.
To truly submit to the Lord, we must realize the corrupt nature of our sins and how those sins harm and hurt us as Christians. Many times we may half-heartedly try to confess sorrow for our sins, but we should hope for the day when this sorrow will cause us to grieve, mourn, and wail (James 4:8-9). When we do this, we are humbling ourselves before God and He will remove the burden of these sins from our shoulders and lift us up (James 4:10).
Based on First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN
Submitted by Donna Reed
Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor