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Stand Down

Desperation God's Deliverance Submission

Source: "2 officers, 1 first responder killed responding to domestic violence call in Minnesota; shooter also dead" By Doha Madani and Rebecca Cohen, published NBC News 2/18/24

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Contributed By: Kikeh Anthony | Date Posted: 2024-02-28

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:19 ; James 4:7

Author: Kikeh Anthony


Two police officers and a first responder were killed in Burnsville, Minnesota, responding to “a call of a family in danger” Sunday morning, according Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. 

The two officers and a pardemic firefighter were killed during a domestic disturbance call. The shooter had barricaded himself inside his home with 7 children and his wife therein. During the standoff and attempted negotiations, the man opened fire, killing the 3 first responders before being hit by other officers who had arrived on the scence. The children and wife were safely escorted out after the man was found deceased at 8:00am. 

The officers and firefifghters were there to respond to a man clearly in crisis, perhaps assailed by his own pain, his own frustration, his own despair, his own internal turmoil, and perhaps the turmoil within his own home and life. Whatever was happening in his life, whatever was occruing or contributing to such a deadly response, the fatal blow to both himself and the responders was actually dealt the moment he refused to respond to the efforts of those who were ulitimately there to spare him, to save him, the woman, and the children.

Sure, he would have faced consequences. But maybe the family would have forgiven him, refusing to press charges. Maybe the state would have been understanding and lenient.

If only he had stood down, his life, and the lives of the others, could have been spared.


In our own times of trouble, of crisis, of despair, the Lord comes to us as a type of first responder. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  ... the Godhead comes to us ready to minister in any way necessary. Ready to talk us off our ledges. Ready to minister peace. Ready to save.

Stand down, believer!  

The situation may be dire. You may be as desperate as you have ever been. It may be difficult to simply receive the help. But stand down!

Stand down and receive the witness of the Heavenly Responders: Faither, Son, and Holy Spirit. They work in coordination and complete harmony with one another. Theirs is the only response that will spare your life, and eternally set you on the course toward repair.

Stand down, believer! They are not there to put you down but to pull you through. 

"Do not quench the Spirit" I Thessalonians 5:19, ESV).

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1, BSB).

Backseat Driver

Guidance Submission Trust (In God)

Contributed By: Roy Hyde | Date Posted: 2024-01-16

Scripture: Psalms 32:8

Author: Roy Hyde


Have you ever had the experience of travelling to a foreign destination, only to have the locals swamp you with offers to guide you to all the best attractions. It's a fairly common occurrance. Of course, you'll want to do your homework to be sure your local guide is honest and trustworthy. If so, you invite them into the vehicle to guide and direct your journey. In most cases, it's a win-win -- the local makes a little extra money, and you end up getting the tour of a lifetime.

Because of their intimate knowledge of the locale, they are able to guide you to all the best areas to visit, as well as warn you about which areas to avoid because of the danger to tourists.  It's tough, though, to follow the directions of a stranger. With a guide book in one hand, and GPS in the other, we are often confident that we could make as good or better decisions about how to proceed, especially when the local guide suggests you veer off the beaten path.

He might direct you to take an unmarked dirt road, or to push hard up the side of a steep hill. He might direct you to step out of the vehicle all together and into a dense forest or crowed plaza.

As the driver, of course, you have the last say of where to go. But if you've done your homework and have full confidence in your guide, you'll end up with some great pictures and great experiences in places you'd never find in your commercial tour book.


God is just such a trusted guide. He knows the way. When we put our trust in Him, He will take us to see things we wouldn't see otherwise. He will guide us from trouble and keep us on a path that is safe. When we choose to go our own way, who knows what trouble we could endure or what beauty we might miss along the way.

So lean into the ride. Resist the temptation to jerk the wheel in the opposite direction. 

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you" (Psalm 32:8, ESV).

Who Doesn't Love A Belly Rub?

Submission Humility Comfort

Source: “Expert reveals why dogs love belly rubs and what it actually means when they roll over” by Nia Dalton, published, retrieved 4/22/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:19 ; 1 Peter 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange


Almost every dog does it! At the first hint of a potential belly rub, they immediately roll over, splay their legs, and wait for the incoming pats of perfection leading to belly blissfulness.

But what is REALLY happening here? Do all dogs universally love belly rubs? Is this purely about gratification? Or is something else going on here?

Dog behaviourist and trainer, Adem Fehmi, explains that, at its core, this posture is actually not so much an invitation to affection, but rather an act of submission.

"Us humans often see this as an invitation to stroke a dog’s belly, as if the dog is 'asking' us by assuming this position.” But actually, he explains, "The behaviour of rolling over and exposing their belly often starts from submission, as this stance is a submissive position in dog body language.”

Now, that doesn’t mean most dogs don’t love a good belly rub. I mean, who doesn’t?!

Yet, what starts as an act of submission results in the reception of affection, affirmation, comfort, and consolation. Thus, the response becomes both an act of submission AND a learned response and reflexive action in anticipation of the comfort, affection, pleasure to come.



Dogs are man’s best friends on so many levels. We can learn so much from them. We can even learn what our relationship with our Heavenly Father should look like.

God’s desire is to reach down and touch us, to love on us, to affirm us, to comfort and console us. But before we can rightly receive any of those blessings, we must first posture ourselves into a position of submission. 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV).

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’” (James 4:6, NIV).

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud  but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-6, NIV).

“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification” (Romans 6:16-19, ESV).

Created to be Free

Love (Divine) Freedom Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: John 8:36 ; John 15:5

Author: Todd Pierce

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Real Success Is Always Attainable

Success Discouragement Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-01

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:8

Author: Mother Teresa / Illustration Exchange

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Getting Ahead of God

Guidance Patience Submission

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2020-05-10

Scripture: Psalms 139:24 ; Psalms 5:8

Author: James Augustine

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Rejecting Jesus' Authority

Jesus' Authority Submission Rebellion

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2019-10-12

Scripture: Proverbs 28:25 ; Jeremiah 17:7

Author: Shane Waldron

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"The Moscow Rules"

Satan Spiritual Warfare Submission

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: James 4:7 ; 2 Corinthians 2:11

Author: Neal Pollard

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The Church Is The People

Unity Church/Body of Christ Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Voluntary Suffering

Suffering Submission Worship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31

Author: C.S. Lewis / Mitchell Dillon

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