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Honey, I Shrunk The Bible!

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Honey, I Shrunk The Bible

The Bible is a story of submission. Although the word ‘submit’ and it’s variations occur less than 20 times, the point is still very well made.

If the whole Bible was shrunk or reduced to one word, it would be submission.

Obedience is about submission…

  • God, You’re right and I’m wrong.
  • God, You’re Word is right and I yield to You.

Worship is about submission…

  • God, You’re everything and I’m nothing.
  • God, You’re holy and I’m unholy.
  • God, You’re strong and I’m weak.
  • God, You’re wise and I’m unwise.
  • God, You’re high and I’m low.
  • God, You’re good and I’m evil.

Tithing is about submission…

  • God, You’ve blessed me, I honor you with my finances.
  • God, You’ve given to me, so that I might give back to you.

Holiness is about submission…

  • God, You’re holy and ask me to be holy.
  • God, You’re clean and ask me to be clean.
  • God, You’re pure and ask me to be pure.
  • God, You’re righteous and ask me to be righteous.

The Will of God is about submission…

  • God, You’re ways are above my ways.
  • God, You’re thoughts are higher than my thoughts.
  • God, You’re right and I’m not.
  • God, You’re right and I won’t do anything until you tell me.
  • God, Your will and not mine.

Trust is about submission…

  • God, You’re faithful and ask me to depend on you.
  • God, You’re working for me even when I can’t see You and ask me to believe.
  • God, You’re going to come through for me.

Leaning on the Lord is about submission…

  • God, You’re the answer to my problems. I can’t solve them.
  • God, You’re the one holding me up. I can’t stand by myself.

Repentance is about submission…

  • God, You’re holy and I’m a sinner. Forgive me.
  • God, You’re perfect and I have failed. I’m sorry.

Baptism is about submission…

  • God, You’re the only one that can wash away my sins.
  • God, Your name is the only name that washes away my sin. Wash me.

Receiving the Holy Ghost is about submission…

  • God, You’re the one I wish to take control of my spirit and my tongue.
  • God, You’re the one I want more than anyone in the world.
  • God, You’re the only one that can change my life, I open the door of my heart.

Do you have a problem with submission? I pray not. You don’t want God to have a problem with you.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Submission

11 Responses

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  1. Could I reprint this in our bulletin? Thank you for your consideration.

    Tammi

    March 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  2. Wow! That really did “shrink” the Bible! Incredible post!

    Nila Marxer

    March 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  3. Now now, when God got ready to shrink it all down into one word….He picked LOVE.

    ALL the law and the prophets hang on love. I dont care that the charismatics have turned these precepts about love into licentiousness, its still Gods heart that we LOVE. Still the MOST important commandment.

    Submission is important and necessary but remember the Pharisees and how they tried to tie heavy burdens, straining at gnats and swallowing camels…all in the name of submission.

    Submission has to come from a bowed heart that loves God. If we submit out of fear, condemnation, guilt, duty, or just because the preacher said so we are just a bunch of good lookin coffins.

    Deana

    March 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    • Deana,
      I almost sounds like you are having a problem with Submission, while hoping the Love of God will still cover you.
      I disagree about the ‘law and prophets hang on love’. Psalms 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth:

      The Pharisees were self righteous, not submissive.

      John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
      John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;

      That’s submission… Keeping His commandments.

      Disobedience then, keeps us from abiding in His love.

      Finally,

      Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

      Two things God will ask your Pastor about you in the Judgment. 1. Did you obey? 2. Did you Submit?

      If you will submit to God’s Word, you will also submit to the man of God in your life. You will also spare yourself a lot of heartache.

      Humble folks have no problem submitting.

      mballestero

      March 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  4. I want you to know this blesses my soul and thank you. I don’t post every time, but I am thankful for what you share with us!

    Linda

    March 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  5. Outstanding!

    Kenneth bow

    March 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

  6. Thank you Elder for this great word.

    Michel Heimoz

    March 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

  7. That’s the last thought I remember—telling God that He was the most important thing in my life—and the next thing I remember is waking up from experiencing UNSPEAKABLE JOY!!—when I got the Holy Ghost! And He DID change my life! Thank you Lord for your wonderful gift!!

    Bonney Thompson

    March 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  8. That is good!

    Sammy June

    March 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

  9. Love

    H

    March 21, 2011 at 3:35 am


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