Sub · mit (verb) to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.
I teach an online class. As I was preparing the instructions for the upcoming assignments I gave directions about a test. The instructions for the test read: “You may complete this assignment over time. However, in order to receive credit, you must click SUBMIT before the deadline.” Wowzers! I’m sure I’ve typed this same set of instructions about one hundred times but it never rang as it did this time.
Often times God gives us tests to complete. He even gives us a lifetime to complete it. The difference with His test and mine is that I provide the deadline, so my students can actually drag their feet until the last minute but with God it’s different. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13: 32-33 NIV
I think the statement “submit before the deadline” is what struck me the most. This Empowermoment is not to scare you, but honestly we need to hold ourselves accountable for what God has instructed us to do. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21-23. Just because I pray, write Empowermoments, tithe, and go to church does not mean I will go to heaven. I must “submit” to the will of God. This means I have to check myself when a judgmental thought comes through my mind. When I am provoked by the Holy Spirit to call my most irritating friend to check on her, I need to call her and speak the Word God gave me to share with her. When God tells me to shut my mouth I have to heed to that. When God tells me to control myself by checking my attitude, my selfish desires, and my actions toward other people, I have to be obedient. Basically, “Am I submitting to His will?” Am I walking by faith opposed to the nagging conscience of worry? Do I love my neighbor as opposed to silently attacking their bad decisions with judgment? Are my prayers sincere or are they out of habit?
I don’t know about you but I want to get full credit for completing the task God has for me, before the deadline. And I know in order to do that, I have to click SUBMIT.
This journey of Christianity is really uncovering my sinful nature. I am comforted to know that even though I have sinful desires You have encouraged me to renew my mind, be obedient to Your Word and to love my brothers and sisters. Lord, I want to be ready when my deadline comes. I want to be a woman that hears Your voice, understands Your words, and imitates Your actions. Help me to submit to You in all areas of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you to 1) Find out the will of God for your life through prayer and humility. 2) Seek God daily and hide His Word in your heart. 3) Realize that you are different. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 2:12. 4) Make your actions pleasing to God and delight yourself in Him. “and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 NIV
For more study about God’s will read Ephesians 5.
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.