subMISSION – Interview with Author Zeke Lam

What do you think your true mission is from God? Do you struggle to submit to His call? I’ve just finished reading an eye-opening book by Zeke Lam called subMISSION. This book really made me stop and think. His book is a wake-up call for Christians. Zeke has honored us with an interview today.

Welcome Zeke!

1) Tell us more about yourself. (maybe one paragraph)

I am 27 years old and have been married to my beautiful wife, Kathleen, for 6 years. We have three children (4, 2, and 2 months) that we love very much. I have ministered since the age of 18 as a youth minister and evangelist. In addition to this, I operate a small business which constructs ornamental concrete such as flower pots, bird baths, etc. I also help out with the family furniture when time permits. We are passionate to see Christ glorified through our lives, and constantly remain seek to use our lives to share the Gospel. This has led our family all over the world.  Our most recent “adventure” involved us literally driving to a town in Texas, renting an apartment, and seeking the Lord. Although we knew nobody or anything about the place, God gave us an entire church fellowship in 2 days! This turned into an incredible 7 month stay that is surely not finished yet.

 2) What motivated you to write this book?

Compromise is way too commonplace today. I have seen it in the church, in families, and in my own life. If revival is to take place in or society, God’s people must be willing to operate with the level of obedience and submission God requires. Mixing our opinions with God’s commands or desires is the very recipe for disaster. If we will fully release ourselves to Jesus Christ, and be willing to follow Him the way He commands, a shift will take place in our society! Ultimately, shortcomings in my own life with regards to submissions sparked this fire.

3) What do you hope this book accomplishes?

My hope and prayer is that Christians nationwide will be challenged to step into a realm of Scriptural obedience that will spark revival!

4) Did you learn anything (or did God show you anything) as you were writing?

I certainly experienced moments where I was convicted about the level of submission I lived under. God revealed to me the importance of denying any and all voices that seek to lure us from His presence. Submission to Him will position us for spiritual greatness!

5) Do you believe people struggle with the idea of “submission”? If so, why?

Yes, we all struggle with the idea of full submission. It means releasing our control and desires to the Lord. When we do not feel in control, it creates an emotion of insecurity. This insecurity is what makes us resists submission on many levels. When it comes to submitting to our Lord Jesus, we must reject these emotions, and faithfully surrender our lives.

6) Your subtitle mentions obeying only God’s voice. What are some ways people can hear God’s voice?

God desires to interact with us in ways we could never imagine. The Holy Spirit is very much alive and active, but the question is, will we allow ourselves to get in position to hear Him. He speaks through the Scriptures, His written word. He speaks to our hearts as we intimately seek Him daily through prayer and fasting. He can speak through people and situations around us. God is not limited to anything and can therefore speak any way He chooses. The only real issue is that which restricts and hinders us from hearing.

Friends, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of Zeke’s book and ask yourself what is God calling you to do? Here is some more information about Zeke and where you can order a copy of subMISSION.

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What is the greatest challenge that the Church is facing today? Zeke Lam suggests that one word is the greatest challenge:  submission, or the lack thereof. It is not external forces that nullify the testimony of a Christ-centered believer, but rather the failure to humbly submit to the voice of the Lord. This book will help you to live a surrendered life abiding in Christ.

–  Is the approval of God more important to you than the approval of man?

–  Is the presence of God evident in your life?

–  Do you fiercely protect your intimacy with Christ?

–  Do you desire to live a life of truth, free from the lies of the devil?

–  Is God’s divine character visible to those around you?

Learn how to submit your life wholeheartedly to the Lord so that you can dwell continually in the secret place—a place of intimacy, surrender and joy.

ZEKE LAM is the founder of SUBMISSION Ministries—a ministry devoted to seeing lost souls encounter God and live lives fully surrendered to the risen Christ. A graduate of Liberty University, Zeke’s deep passion for following Christ’s will has led him through many years of youth ministry and itinerant evangelism. Both of these experiences have enriched and fueled his desire to hand others the keys to a Christ-centered life. Zeke resides in Virginia with his beautiful wife, Kathleen, and a growing family of future world-changers.

To order a copy of the book or connect with Zeke, visit submissionministries.org

Carol

When Your Quiet Time is Not So Quiet – DOUBLE FEATURE

It wasn’t like I turned my back on God.

I just couldn’t fit Him in my schedule. The birth of our third child pushed me over the edge – the pages of my carefully crafted day planner fluttering in the breeze. Normally, I spent time in Bible study and prayer in the morning after the kids left for school. But nothing was normal…

Join me today at 5 Minutes for Faith. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion.

 

“Thank you for being my eyes.”

I remember my grandmother relaying her gratitude when I pointed out the layer of mold on top of the preserves she was about to spread on her toast. She lost most of her eyesight due to macular degeneration, so in her nineties, she was completely dependent on others…

I’m doing double duty today. I’m also posting at the Internet Cafe. Click HERE to read the rest of my devotion there.

Carol

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It

I didn’t think anyone would notice.

I felt like a schoolgirl putting it on. I squirted it carefully on my fingertip and smoothed it across my lids, the ones half covering eyes that spent the day bouncing from kitchen countertops to laundry basins. Eyes that searched for missing pacifiers and scanned the pantry for dinner ideas.

It sparkled – or rather, once it was applied, I sparkled. This tiny tube of eye gel with glitter was a gift from a friend. A friend who understands me. A friend who knows what makes me tick. And glittery eyes do just that. In my faded tee and jeans, I glanced down at my slippered feet and back to the mirror wondering if I needed lipstick. Can one have uptown eyes and naked lips?

I was ready for my grand outing of the day – a trip to the bus stop. I put my glasses on in order to see the kids hop off the bus from a distance but wondered if they hid my pizzazz.

My dark-haired beauty was the second arrival in our family but the first off the bus.

I found myself grinning before she even reached me, thinking of my newfound beauty secret.

Seeing me, she ran up the hill and showered me with love to make up for the hours we were apart. Her arms around me, she looked up and tilted her head with a grin.

“Mommy, why do you have glitter on your eyes?”

I’m not sure if I giggled because she noticed or because I felt young and hip, but I draped my arm across her shoulders, guided her towards the house and told her my reason.

“I just do.”

Blink.

Thank you God for the simplicity of every day. Thank you for friends that know me to the core. Thank you that my children notice me. And thank you Lord for glittery eye gel.

 

Carol

Don’t Let Your Past Define You

“It’s the Easter bunny pirate!” I heard called from a table of prisoners behind me. I turned to see exactly that – the Easter bunny pirate, and I moved to greet him.

Let me explain. From time to time, I’m called to teach at Phillips State Prison to a seminary class of inmates who are working on their degrees in Christian ministry. In the first group of students, one had a gold tooth with a spade on it. I decided it looked more like a Christmas tree, and told the men it represented the birth of our Lord. They laughed at my interpretation.

Recently, a new class of inmates began the seminary program. As I went around introducing myself to them, one smiled and his gold tooth sparkled at me. “Oh, you have a gold tooth!” I gushed. “What’s on it?”

He grinned sheepishly. So, I leaned in closer and immediately recognized the Playboy bunny outline on his tooth. “This is from my former life,” he felt the need to explain. For a second I’d wondered what I’d gotten myself into and questioned whether the men would accept me. But I was determined to make that tooth, the one that exemplified this prisoner’s past life, into something new.

I explained to my new friend, whose name I discovered was Shante, about the golden spade tooth and how I decided it was a Christmas tree. Then it hit me. “It’s the Easter bunny!” I called out and the men around me burst into laughter.

“You have the Easter bunny on your tooth since Easter is your favorite holiday. It represents the birth of your risen Lord,” I explained to Shante. “Isn’t that right?” I tried to keep a straight face as if having an Easter bunny on your tooth in prison was the norm.

He smiled and laughed, nodding with approval. His one eye twinkled; the other covered with a black patch. Intrigued by this man who looked like a character from a novel, I wanted to ask about his eye patch, but decided I was pushing my luck with the bunny.

 

A week later, as I taught the inmates how writing can be a ministry, I jokingly referred to Shante as the Easter bunny pirate, and the name stuck. One glance at Shante and you’ll see the gold tooth and the eye patch, but spend even a few minutes talking to him and you’ll see what’s underneath. He is a man who desires to serve the Lord.

Once a drug dealer, Shante actually had his eye shot out in a deal gone bad. He was shot eight times and left for dead. But God had other plans. He planned for Shante to go to prison, because it was in prison this inmate found Christ. But that wasn’t all God had planned.

This former drug peddler never finished high school and dreamed of getting his GED. Through God’s perfect timing in May of 2011, Shante earned his GED and in August started seminary.

Just four months later, at the prison Christmas party, I learned all of this about Shante’s life over a table full of pizza. There was more to this man than a bunny and an eye patch. He shared how his wife was released from prison the month before after serving five years. They were sentenced together and he plea-bargained, taking fifteen years to lessen her time to five. She was preparing to spend her first Christmas in five years with their kids. “I even have a ministry.” Shante proudly told me how he irons other inmates’ shirts and pants for one soup. Many of the inmates trade goods and services in prison. But this convicted felon’s service is a little different. As he irons, he prays for the person, and then slips a small piece of paper with scripture in the pocket of his fellow prisoner.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Think God can’t use you because of your past? Think again. God can make all things new. If you don’t believe me, ask my friend the Easter bunny pirate.

Carol