Sunday, April 12, 2015

RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

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Romans 13:1-2

1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

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Daniel lived in a village ruled by an unbelieving king; Daniel did everything right but would conspicuously disregard instructions from the King's palace, claiming he is not subject to the king because the king is not a Christian.

One Sunday, when service was ending, the King's servant rushed into the Church asking everyone to gather immediately at the palace because a group of invaders had entered the village; the king had summoned the community to his palace to keep them away from the invaders. Daniel didn’t even wait to hear the message from the palace as usual. Unfortunately, he fell into the hands of the invaders and was killed.

The Bible clearly states that Christians are to be subject to constituted authorities. These authorities could be political, religious, organizational or within the family. When your heart is submitted to God’s authority, it would be easy for you to submit to constituted authority anywhere because your heart already has the right disposition for that. If a man constantly rebels against any constituted authority, chances are that his heart will develop a disposition that will make it practically impossible for him to submit to any authority, not even God’s.

Go into today knowing that, “anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished." -Romans 13:2. NLT.

Prayer: father, please forgive every past rebellion and help me to be obedient to you and to authorities, in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

By James Emmanuel & SD Abraham

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