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by ezekiel olukolajo
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Nothing in life can be more dangerous than freedom without control! Unfortunately many people do not like to be controlled or tamed, they always want to do whatever they feel like doing without restrictions or hindrance from anyone. Attempting to enjoy freedom without control is like driving around in a vehicle that has no break, itís most certain the journey will end up in total destruction! No one in his or her right senses will ever agree to ride in a car that has no break, but ironically thatís the situation of many people who do not like to submit themselves to control of legitimate authority, and this explains why a lot of people end up as casualties in life!
It was never part of Godís intention that man should live his life without control, this was demonstrated when man was created. At creation God gave Adam authority and dominion over the whole earth and all other creatures, but he himself was expected to submit to Godís control. Genesis 2:16-17 says ĎAnd the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely dieí. The whole essence of Godís instruction to Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil had nothing to do with whether the tree was poisonous or not, but was particularly meant to bring into him the consciousness that he was expected to submit himself under the control of the Almighty God. The danger really was not about the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which was just like any other tree in the garden, but manís failure to submit to Godís legitimate control. Itís sad man failed the control test woefully, and this was what brought humanity into state of condemnation.
Anytime a man attempts to live without control, destruction is unavoidable! When the devil wants to destroy a man, he simply encourages him to stay out of control and legitimate authority! This appears to be his approach and style right from the beginning. Genesis 3:4-5 says ĎAnd the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. With the statement Ďye shall be as godsí, the devil made man to believe that he didnít have to submit to the control of the Almighty God and that he would be a god to himself! Adam fell from grace because he was not willing to submit to Godís control, and this still is the situation with a natural man, he will always attempt to resist Godís control over his life!
As much as God wants you to enjoy freedom, your liberty will not lead to destruction only if you remain under His control. What has brought our world to its present deplorable state is the fact that everyone wants to enjoy liberty without control. Itís sad that the situation is not different even in the Church! There are so much divisions, hostilities and breakups all around us because people find it difficult to submit themselves to normal control and legitimate authorities placed over them. We may be surprised that so many works and ministries have no records with God, because they evolved from altars of rebellious hearts of individuals who cannot submit themselves to the control of legitimate authorities and leadership placed over them by God! Many people feel that those who stay under control are fools, but in actual fact itís those who submit themselves under control without resistance that are the wise ones! Submission is Godís way!
Itís dangerous for you to live your life without staying under control. They that will fulfill their God-given purpose in life are only those who have passed control and submission tests along the journey of their lives, God has no need for freelance, rebellious and arrogant people who feel too big to submit themselves to constituted authorities and leadership! In Luke 19:30-36, Jesus Christ was set to ride in His majesty into the city of Jerusalem and needed a colt, but only the one that was tied was good enough for this divine purpose. Other freelance colts which had no yokes or ropes on their necks but had all the freedom on earth to graze wherever they chose and walked in any direction they wanted, were not found eligible for the most noble assignment of carrying the Master into Jerusalem! Staying within the limits may indeed be difficult sometimes, but itís the wisest thing to do for anyone who will be found eligible for Godís divine purpose on earth.
The safest thing for you as a believer is to stay under the control and authority of those God has placed over you. Whether it is convenient or not, never fail to recognize all constituted authorities God has placed over your life and do not hesitate to submit to their controls, all authorities are from God! Even the Lord Jesus Christ, who came as God in human flesh, did not attempt to stay out of control of His earthly parents and constituted authorities in the days of His flesh. He submitted Himself to the control of the Almighty God throughout as a result of which God highly exalted Him above all. With life of total submission, the Lord Jesus has provided us example of how weíre expected to live as His disciples. Freedom is good and godly, but it must be stated that liberty without control is bound to lead to destruction! Those who find it difficult to subject themselves under control of those God placed over them can hardly have a place in with God!
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