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YWAM DTS Notes on Authority and Submission based on lectures by
The problem is never authority; the problem is the use of or abuse of
authority. We should have no hang ups with authority. Don’t throw the baby out
with the bath water. Two wrong extreme responses to authority: doormats –
slaves or rebels. The ultimate authority is God and authority comes from God.
The battle is won or lost
in the heart.
Steve refers to the
Trinity as the trinity brothers or trinity boys, quite disrespectful, but
emphasizes the equality between the persons of the Godhead.
Your opinion matters to
God, what you think is important.
Prayer is the switch that
kick starts change. Persistence in prayer is taught in
Steve taught extensively
on big G little g, saying we can change our environment and co-create with God,
which I disagree with. He says, “stuff doesn’t happen because the little g’s
don’t cooperate.” Without God man cannot, without man God will not.
God plans things but we
still make choices. God and His relationship to creation is not static but
What is the difference
between submission and obedience, are they synonymous?
God is the Father of my
2:41-52 tells of
Jesus at age 12 going to the Temple. He was there legitimately to learn. He
continued to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.
If Jesus had to grow in
wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man, so do we.
What God plans for us is
an unfolding revelation.
The parable of the sower,
Steve says, is not about salvation but rather discovering the will of God. He
says that if you can overcome the Enemy, the world, and yourself, you can do the
will of God. Your worst enemy is you.
There are five circles of
authority: individual, family, church, work, and government.
… be subject to one another in the fear of
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an
opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole
Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
YOURSELF." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not
consumed by one another.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard
one another as more important than yourselves;
Freedom can be used two ways: biting,
devouring and consuming one another or in loving and serving one another. How
do you spend your freedom? Do you make others feel special and important?
Build self esteem in your wife, lay down your
life and minister to her. Just as I am aware of, and respond to, symptoms in my
body, I am to be that sensitive and responsive to my wife. The number one need
for women is affection. In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own
husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be
won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste
and respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding
the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the
hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet
spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times
the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being
submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him
lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being
frightened by any fear. 7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in
an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her
honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be
hindered. 1 Peter
Don’t focus on your rights but rather on your
responsibilities in your role.
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as
your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also
of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you,
exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the
will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording
it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of
glory. 5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you,
clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE
PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
1 Peter 5:1-6
Servants, be submissive to your masters with
all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who
are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward
God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit
is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?
But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this
finds favor with God. 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ
also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps
1 Peter 2:18-21
All work for the
Christian should be sacred work, because:
Your Heavenly Father gave it to
You take the Father with you.
You do whatever you do, for His
You practice His presence
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is
the Lord Christ whom you serve
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every
human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors
as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do
right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the
ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a
covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love
the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 1
Peter 2:13-17 Every
person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2
Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they
who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not
a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of
authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a
minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it
does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who
brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in
subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. 6 For
because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting
themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax
is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
Church is the authority
which offers mercy, government is the authority providing justice and punishing
guidance for the Christian, like a seesaw with the Bible as the fulcrum
submission to the various circles of authority are on the one side and words we
believe to be from the Lord are on the other, thus providing guidance.
Submitting to authorities is saying this is not decided, what do you think?
What is God saying to you?
Sometimes your family
will think you are crazy. You have an attitude of submission but do what you
believe God wants you to do. And He came home , and the crowd gathered again,
to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. 21 When His own people
heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, "He
has lost His senses." Mark
The book of Daniel offers
four stories of submission and authority. The story of the king’s food, the
lion’s den, the statue, and the dream interpretation.
Steve spoke on what he
called essence relating to the Holy Spirit infilling us and the oneness we have
with the Trinity. The phrase "Essence of God" is a theological term used to
refer to God's personal characteristics, or to the facets of His personality.
Sometimes the term "Attributes of God" is used to refer to God's essence. The
"attributes", or the "essence", of God are His primary characteristics.
The love of God is
unconditional, the favor of God is conditional.
"Our deepest fear is not
that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who
am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you
not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel
insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to
make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us,
it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our
presence automatically liberates others." (Nelson Mandela)
Taking an absolute and
making it a relative is liberalism. Taking a relative and making it an absolute
The five circles of
authority, the stories from the book of Daniel are very familiar to me. I have
used this model for guidance that I learned from Bill Gothard of Basic Youth
Conflicts, based on sound biblical principles.
What God is saying to
I was reminded to submit
to authority in attitude and honor the position even at times when I cannot
honor the person’s behavior or character. A good example Steve gave was in
honoring President Bill Clinton.