Romans 13:1-2 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
It is more evident today than ever. The Bible is true – even for today.
Romans 8:22 “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
That pain we are experiencing comes from much of the struggle we have with power. Power to lead our own lives. Power exerted by others to rule us. Power to subdue many to an idealogy; a political slant; governmental oppression or dictatorship.
Without a structure of power and administration of that power, there would be chaos. When good and right leadership is in place, there is peace.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Psalms 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
But splashed across our television screens and across our airwaves are story after story of unrest, violence and murder. We have taken up talking about this activity; we invite others to give their opinion about this activity. We question those we’ve elected to govern this activity and openly oppose when we disagree or see an injustice.
The fact that God chose human elements to fill the positions of leadership should tell us something. Not so much that He trusts us but that we should trust Him.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
In light of this verse, I have been challenged to keep my mouth shut and follow God’s receipe for submission to leadership. Truly, if I desire peace in my life – it comes through submission to my authority.
We are bombarded every day with those who seek to have their opinion heard. The mainstream media has so influenced the thoughts of people around the world with the way they present the news.
Talks shows and their facilitators take us down a slippery slope when opinion is lifted above fact. Influence can be swayed when only certain facts are presented and others left silent. We can win an argument when only the facts that support my case are presented. But again, the Bible messes up our way of thinking.
2 Corinthians 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”
God is telling us that I must have at least two or three witnesses – ones that actually saw firsthand what happened – they must be present before we can even open a matter for discussion. Then, and only then, can we begin to have a conversation that would lead to any good and right resolution. Much money is made in the media today not based on fact, but by opinion.
That is not how a saved child of God should operate.
Turn off the talk shows and the news of any kind and seek after what it is that God would have us to do today. So many of God’s children have their spirits corrupted before the day even begins because of who it is they decide to hear and influence their day.
The struggle of power is not in our government. It is not even so much in our own homes. It is for your heart. Every parent knows that if you have your child’s heart, you still have a chance to influence them for right. Proverbs tells us:
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
This can be taken historically as David to Solomon; Solomon to his son or spiritually as God telling his children. The Father-son or Parent-child relationship can only work when leadership and it’s power are given its place.
Submission to authority is the key.
We have given ourselves permission to criticize and openly complain about our authority over us. Just because the news and talk show hosts do, does not mean it is acceptable behavior for a child of God.
But what of those in leadership that falter, fail or even abuse their place of power?
Before one word should ever escape our mouth, our knees should bend and our lips lift their name to God for help. So many think it acceptable to criticize and openly complain about someone or something that they have given no time or thought in prayer.
I find that when you pray for someone, your thoughts are altered; your perspective begins to change and soon, intercession is made on their behalf for God to give them what they need to be the leader God called them to be.
Our enemy has declared himself and has set his forces in array against God’s children. He has openly defied the God of Heaven and already received his judgment. He knows that in the end, he will be cast into the lake of fire – forever. Nothing he can do will ever change that.
But you and I can change.
No matter who is in authority, we must recognize that it is God who put them there.
Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
According to the Word of God, we have, here in America, the President He wanted us to have to rule our country. You and I must take our place to support those in authority – whether we agree with them or not. I do not and will not support that which is ungodly, but, I will give them the respect due the office that they hold.
When each of us recognizes our roles and responsibilities, we can function properly. When rebellion rises up in our heart or we allow others to influence our heart for evil, we must return to God for forgiveness and repent of our rebellious ways.
We cry out – “What about my rights?”
As a child of God, I have none.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I have been bought with a precious price. As I choose to enjoy the fruits of salvation, I must recognize the transaction that took place for me to become a child of God.
Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is the price that was paid for my soul to be redeemed. To stand in opposition to the commands of God is to rebel against the One who bought me; who owns me – lock, stock and barrel.
To truly overcome or get victory, I must follow after the One who has true power. God alone is the only power from which all other power originates. When we yield to Him, we are given sweet and precious promises.
James 4:6-7 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
1 Peter 2:13-16 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”