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Exercise Submissions Power     1 Peter 3:1-12     April 01, 2007


Introduction

       It is interesting to watch a new Christian learn about submission. Not long ago I taught a class with some new Christians in it. The lessons talked about submission and I asked one of the ladies what she thought about the idea of a wife being submissive. She said, I think it’s a bunch of XXXXX (not a curse word, but one of slang). I am pleased to say she grew past that opinion, and continues to develop in her Christian walk. The idea of submission does not receive much respect in the Non Christian world. They do not understand how it can even be a powerful force in life. We need to live in such a way that we will Exercise Submissions Power.

 

1.   Exercise Submissions Power To . . Convince. 3:1-4

       A.   Submissions Power To Convince The . . Husband. 3:1-2

1 Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the

               [Christian] message, they may be won over without a message by the way their wives live,

               2 when they observe your pure, reverent lives.

 

       B.    Submissions Power To Convince The . . Hidden Person. 3:3-4

               3 Your beauty should not consist of outward things [like] elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold

               ornaments or fine clothes;

               4 instead, [it should consist of] the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle

               and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.


       A wife may submit and in so doing convince her unbelieving husband to become a believer. Most churches periodically see men converted through the submissive attitude of displayed by their wife. Most men like the qualities shown in the actions of a submissive wife. She becomes even more attractive to him, and in turn she gains a more receptive response from him. The Bible speaks about the hidden or inner person, and that represents the spiritual life. Our hidden person needs to receive more attention than the outer person. Men and women admire physical beauty, but when the hidden beauty shows forth the lady becomes more attractive. This occurs with the exercise of submission.

 

2.   Exercise Submissions Power To . . Copy. 3:5-6

       A.   Submissions Power To Copy The Beauty Of . . Hopeful Women. 3:5

               5 For in the past, the holy women who hoped in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting

               to their own husbands,

 

       B.    Submissions Power To Copy The Beauty Of . . Honorable Women. 3:6

6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do good and aren’t frightened by anything alarming.


       Ladies; have you ever thought you might gets a beauty treatment through a submissive lifestyle? The holy women of the Bible, “beautified themselves in this way, . . . .” Christian ladies need to copy this lifestyle illustrated by the holy women of the Bible. Sarah is used as an example of submission, and to get the total picture of Biblical Submission we need to read the words of where Sarah told Abraham to take Haggar. She acted as the boss in this passage, and Abraham submitted to his wife’s suggestion. Biblical submission is not one sided if the lady follows the Biblical pattern. Today a lady expresses wisdom when she submits to the example of these honorable women given in scripture.


 

3.   Exercise Submissions Power To . . Confirm. 3:7

       A.   Submissions Power To Confirm The Husband’s . . Appreciation 3:7a

7 Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives with understanding

 

       B.    Submissions Power To Confirm The Husband’s . . Affirmation. 3:7b

“. . . of their weaker nature yet showing them honor as co-heirs of the grace of life, . . .”


 

       C.   Submissions Power To Confirm The Husband’s . . Acknowledgment. 3:7b

“. . . so that your prayers will not be hindered.”


       Husband need to confirm in their lifestyles the benefits of submission. A Christian man may confirm submissions power through their appreciation, affirmation, and acknowledgments of their wives. When a Christian man does this his prayer life will be positively affected.

 

4.   Exercise Submissions Power To Be . . Compassionate. 3:8-12

       A.   Submissions Power To Be Compassionate Resulting In . . Inheritance.       3:8-9

8 Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, 9 not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.

 

       B.    Submissions Power To Be Compassionate Resulting In . . Integrity.            3:10-11

10 For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, 11 and he must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it,

 

       C.   Submissions Power To Be Compassionate Resulting In . . Intercession.              3:12

12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their request. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:1-12 (HCSB)

 

Now the text tells all of us to display submissions power; when this is done we inherit a blessing, show

forth integrity, and keep open the channel of prayer. Because a submissive life acts in the way of the Lord’s blessings we inherit the rewards provided by the Lord. Integrity must be earned through the actions seen in a person through the years. The kind of prayer we call intercession must maintain a relationship with God that is open. An intercessory must be in a relationship with the Lord so the prayer ways are open. A Submissive person is obedient, and therefore righteous, and God eyes and ears remain open toward them, therefore they may intercede. All of this challenges us to live in such a way that we will Exercise Submissions Power. Amen? Amen!