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Friday, July 1, 2022 - July 1st 2022 What about Corrupt Authority

(Acts 4:19) “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge”.

I am tired of listening to the talking heads on television debating and babbling on with their humanistic philosophies concerning the government and what should be, or shouldn't be done in our countries
of the USA and Canada.

I am greatly concerned about “the attitude of believers in Christ” and our lack of "spiritual self discipline" concerning our responsibility to regard our leaders with respect and honor.

It is not my place or your place to whine, complain, argue or denigrate those leaders in authority over us.
So what do we do about corrupt authority and what should the Christian response be to it?

Obviously, in the absence of Godly and moral values, there can and will be abuses of authority in government.
Such was the case when Peter and John were forbidden to preach the Gospel by the Jewish Sanhedrin.

They replied, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge” (Acts 4:19).

The only circumstance that disobedience to authority is justifiable by scripture, is if it conflicts with the laws of God.

Authority should always be cooperated with and respected, except in those situations where laws depart from the "basic moral and righteous principles" of God’s Word.
So what do we do when we are facing abusive authority, and corrupt leaders whom seem to be in it for the selves, and inconsiderate of the population at large.
The answer? It’s simple, we pray!
Paul tells us that as much as lies within us we should endeavor to “live in peace with all manner of men” (Romans 12:18)

Then he tells us “to pray for all those in authority”: “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”
(1st Timothy 2:1-2).

God can use our prayers and our submissiveness to those in authority, to either change their heart, or remove them from power entirely.

But it’s not up to you and it’s not up to me.
We are commanded to pray and God will deal with those in authority and leadership.

According to the scripture (See Daniel 2:21) He put them there, and He can also remove them.

That’s what happened in the 2016 United States "presidential election".
Do you remember how the press and liberal news castors all were amazed by the lead that President Donald Trump had through the election process that night?
They kept saying on the air "How did this happen"?
“Where did we go wrong with our pre polls and predictions”.
I believe that what happened, is that God heard the prayers of the usually silent majority!
His people!
The "Christian voice" of America and He moved sovereignly!
(2nd Chronicles 7:14-15) “and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayeroffered in this place”. 

In the scripture (Romans 14:4), & (1st Chronicles 16:21-22) God reserves the right of administering discipline and reproof to those who represent His authority with the administration of secular government/s.
Don’t like what’s happening in our country today, then pray!
Cry out to God and He will hear the prayers of His people, He said what He meant and meant what He said!
True some think that prayer is useless!
There were those that thought the same thing in the scriptures as well, and so they took matters into their own hands waging war and conflict and disrupting society around them as they caused calamity with those in authority, but what did they gain fighting in their own strength.
Not much of you read the historical archives!
But when the people prayed; now there was the answer!
(Exodus 2:23-25) “During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew”.
(Psalm 34:17) “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles”.
(Psalm 145:19) “He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears
their cry and saves them”.
(Psalm 145:18) “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”.
(Psalm 34:15) “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry”.
(Romans 12:12) “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”.
(Philippians 4:6-7) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
(1st Timothy 2:1-15) “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all
who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly
and dignified in every way.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires
all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.
Don’t like what’s happening on our world today, then pray!
 Good day!
Thursday, June 30, 2022 - June 30th 2022 Authority #2

(Matthew 28:18) “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me..."
Authority must be understood by every Christian since it is the entire basis of our relationship with Christ.
The definition of the word “authority” means “the right to command and enforce obedience.”

When we accept Jesus Christ as our “Lord,” this means that He is supposed to become our “boss” or “authority” over our whole life (Luke 6:46).

In addition, the Bible becomes the source of "authoritative instruction" for our Christian life.
(2nd Tim 3:16) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

Since submission to authority is basic to Christian life, it is important that we understand that all authority is a "God-given institution”, and all types of authority are related.

The Lordship of Christ is the "highest" source of authority that we must answer to (Matt. 28:18), “but Jesus came and spoke unto them saying, All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth”; but God has also ordained at least three other categories of subordinate authorities in the world that we are called to submit to as well:

(1) The Family – Children are to obey their parents (Eph. 6:10).
The wife is to "cooperate" with, or "obey" her husband whom is the head of the family (Eph. 5:22-24, (1st Tim. 2:12),
And the husband is to submit to Christ and love his wife (Eph. 5:23-25).

(2) The State – We are to cooperate with those authority figures and obey the local and federal laws of the land, within the boundaries of God’s laws (1 Pet. 2:13-14).

(3) The Church – Christians are to submit to the headship of Christ which is exercised through His Spirit (Rom. 8:14), His Word (2 Tim. 3:16), and Church leadership (Matthew 18:17-20, Hebrews 13:17).
God has established these authorities as the “delegated” extensions of His authority.

If we resist cooperation in and with any of these above categories, we are in effect, resisting God’s own authority and Lordship.

As believers, we must understand that rebellion to any degree dis-respects all authority!

Just as all authority is related to other authority, all rebellion is also interrelated.

Rebellion does not regard any class of authority.

Rebellion is “the unwillingness to be ruled by any source other than self.”

It is an "indiscriminate contempt" toward all authority.

Our attitude toward Christ as our Lord, is directly associated with our attitude toward other authority.

Jesus Christ cannot be fully “Lord” over the person who harbors rebellion toward authority figures.

The Bible says, “Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2).

Just as God is the source of all authority, Satan is source of all rebellion.
We may recall that the Devil (Lucifer), a former archangel, was originally cast out of Heaven because he led an insurrection against God (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Rebellion is the very spirit of Satan’s attitude (Ephesians 2:2), and if we permit it to dominate us, it will infect and taint our attitude toward all authority, including God and His Word.

The prophet Samuel said, “…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).

The Apostle Peter said (2nd Peter 2:10), that those who are corrupt “despise authority” and the Proverbs say, “An evil man seeks only rebellion…” (Proverbs 17:11)

So again today I challenge all of you whom are reading this blog/post this morning to consider your attitude towards all authority, in every category.

And to stop questioning/rebelling against authority.
The scripture records (Psalm 66:8) "if I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me".

Your continued questioning of authority is akin to the question Satan put before Eve just before the down fall of man in the Garden of Eden when He said (Genesis 3:1) "Hath God really said".

Good Day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - June 29th 2022 The Subject of Authority

(Matthews 8:5-13) For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.

In (Matthews Gospel, Chapter 8:5-13), the writer shares a story with the readers us of a meeting between a Centurion soldier, whom was a “man in authority” and Jesus.

As a man under authority with superiors in authority above himself and as a man with authority over soldiers below his command, this man understand what could happen when authority was used in the right manner.

He realized, believed, and understood that Jesus had an authority that no mere “mortal man” could have.

And with that realization, he approached the Master with his request for healing for his daughter.
When Jesus offered to “honour the mans request” and come to his house and heal his daughter, the Centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof but only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.”
In response to the Centurions comment the scriptures record "when Jesus heard these words, He marvelled, and said to those who followed, assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith…”
What impressed Jesus so much!

The fact that the man understood the “power of authority” and believed Jesus to have it!
So much so, that he knew Jesus did not even have to come to his house to facilitate the healing or act of authority but He (Jesus) could “speak the word only” from where ever Jesus was at. (Matthew 8:8).

I believe if you and I could understand the concept of authority as this centurion soldier did, we would see God move in our lives in away that would truly be life changing and miraculous no doubt.
But the truth is, we all rebel and get our backs against the wall when ever we are faced with the choice of "submitting" to  authority.
The subject of “authority” is one of those sensitive issues that is often viewed with controversy or cynicism in today’s society.
The “nonconformist revolution” of the 1960’s, together with widely publicized scandals in government, have helped to promote a trendy, stylish disregard toward ethics, laws and authority figures.
However, despite these popular “secular attitudes”, authority remains as a very important institution to God, one which is critical for Christians to understand, in order to properly relate to Him and His system of values.
To begin with, God places a high value on authority because He is the One who created it.

The Bible teaches that all authority comes from and originates with God.

He is the “absolute” source of authority in the universe, and has delegated His principle of authority to Jesus who passed it on to His followers and mankind to maintain order in the world.
Paul writes to the believers of his day whom were suffering under abusive authority at that time from the Roman government, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, “and the authorities that exist are appointed by God”.
Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves” (Rom. 13:1-2).
God’s Word says that followers of Christ should be obedient to secular laws and government, because according to scripture, secular authority is intended to be a “minister of God for our good” (Rom. 13:4), and serves His purpose of keeping law and order on the earth (1 Pet. 2:14-15).
The Apostle Paul wrote, “…submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good” (1 Pet. 2:13-14).
So today maybe its time to check our "attitude" towards those in authority over us, stop our griping and complaining, and start trusting the word of God and His leadership in our lives to bring about the promises He gave us.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again because it is a truth that must not overlook in our faith walk here in this world; “God meant what He said and said what He meant”.

“He is not a liar, nor is He slack concerning His promises as some are”, (2nd Peter 3:9).
So here is my challenge for all of us today, wherever you are faced with someone in authority over you.
Make a commitment to submit to that authority with out question and trust God to begin to lead you where He wants to take you, even if it is under the direction of what ever authority it is that you are struggling with.
Cause here is the truth. We either trust God or we don’t!

That is what amazed Jesus in this story with the Centurion soldier.
He understood Jesus authority and he submitted to it, no questions asked.
Just simple obedience to the word spoken; but what about you?

Good Day!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - June 28th 2022 Do It Now

(Ephesians 4:22-23) "Put off...your former conduct...and be renewed in the spirit of your mind."

Lets be truthful with ourselves.

We all have issues and inconsistencies in our lives that we don't like and would like to see change.
That’s why so many "New Year Resolutions" are made each year at New Years.
Our intentions are good, but by the end of January most of them have gone out the door.

The problem is that many of us have not "purposed in our hearts", the need to change, so we fail to take steps to do any thing about it.

(James 1:22) says, "be ye doers of the word, not hearers only”

The fact of the matter is that in order to change, or see change happen in our lives, we have to "renew our minds daily".
Proverbs tells us, “as a man (or woman) thinketh in his (or her) heart, so is he (or she) (Proverbs 23:7)
We need to “renew our minds” concerning the things that need to change; and then we need to “purpose in our hearts”, to “start doing” those things which bring about the desired change.

Mindsets are "patterns" and or “habits” that can be re programed by the word of God.

But if you don't start working at it, your mind will soon resort to the old memories and the old habits and the old ways of doing things that got you into the rut, the fix, the problem your in, in the first place.
An old cliché says “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”
That means you can set yourself up for misery by reacting to the same people and circumstances, in the same way you’ve always done, even though you hope or wish for different results.
Maybe you are saying, “After all these years I thought he’d change…No matter how hard I try, my family doesn’t appreciate me…How come I’m the only one who makes an effort to stay in touch?”

It’s easy to blame your problems on others—“Look what he’s doing. Look how long I’ve waited. Why doesn’t she call?”

We think the answer lies in getting the "other person" to do what we want, but that kind of thinking is self-defeating; it gives control over your life to others.

Your happiness isn’t determined by "other people", even though you’ve convinced yourself it is.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that “If you don’t like the same results…try doing something different!

Look at your relationships.
Is there a situation that’s going downhill despite your best efforts?

Have you been "waiting" for something to change instead of "doing" things different?

Stop pushing the same buttons and ask God for clarity, to see the situation honestly, and to act with wisdom and responsibility.

You’re not a victim of circumstances; you don’t have to stay stuck or keep going round in circles.
Paul says, “Put off…your former conduct…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
The word for you today is: “You can change!”

But you can't change when you keep doing "the same old same old"!
You won't change, when you keep thinking the same things with the same mindset.
Its time to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) “do not be conformed to this world but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”.

And its time to start now by getting up off your butt and start doing new things (James 1:22)
You’ll never lose weight until you start doing something about it!
You’ll never grow spiritually until you start doing something about it!
You’ll never gain new skill sets until you start doing something about!
I recall to many people saying to me, “I wish I could have a second chance at life, I’d do things different”!
Well would you, really?
Then if that is true, start doing something about it!
If you will, God will be right there to strengthen you, walk with you, carry you and help you.

You can't wait till you get a round to it!
Life does not give us enough "round to its".

The time is now.

Like the old cliche says, "Why wait for spring, do it now"

You, need to do it now!
And with Gods help you can!
Jesus said, (John 10:10) “I come that they might have life and that more abundantly”!
It’s available for you today if you want it, but you’ve got to start!
And you start by “purposing “in your heart to change!
Good Day!

Monday, June 27, 2022 - June 27th 2022 Pray Until Something Happens

(Hebrews 10:35) "Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward."

I used to wear a ball cap for several years (until it wore out) that had the acronym “P.U.S.H” on it.

It created a lot of dialogue for when I would wear it in the marketplace or just visiting people.
People would comment, “what does that mean”? And I would reply "pray until something happens"!

So perhaps the question on your mind today is, “how long should you keep praying and believing God, for the answers you seek”?

My answer?
Continually! Or until "He", tells you differently.

When I was first saved as a young believer there was a phrase I would hear the "elder saints" use occasionally when talking about prayer.
They would "hold on to the horns of the alter".

In other words they did not let go of their prayers or place of prayer until they heard form God.

They "held on".
(Hebrews 10:35-36) tells us, “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” 

The word "endurance", pictures a runner determined to reach the finish line. 
Many of God’s promises have timelines, and sometimes you need "long-distance faith", to receive them.

But what If your not sure what God’s will is?

"His will" is revealed in "His Word", and that’s what you must believe and speak over your situation.
To say otherwise is to contradict God.

Abraham stood on God’s promise that he would be the father of many nations, when there wasn’t a shred of evidence to prove it.

For 20 years, he looked up into the night sky believing, “Lord, You said my children would be as numerous as the stars. I don’t know how Your going to do it for I’m 100 years old and my wife, Sarah, is 90? But I’m going to believe You anyway.”

When you pray that way, you risk looking foolish in the eyes of others.

But receiving the miraculous often involves looking ridiculous, like Jesus telling the disciples to fill wine pots with water or rubbing clay in a blind man’s eyes.

But the guests at the wedding in Cana drank the finest wine, and the blind man went home seeing.

Because they obeyed the word Jesus gave them.

So the word for you today is: P.U.S.H.!
Pray until something happens!

Good Day!
Sunday, June 26, 2022 - June 26th 2022 Committed Till The Answer Comes

(Genesis 32:26) "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

When Jacob realized he was wrestling with the angel of the Lord, he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26)

That’s what it takes—commitment, determination, and a “never let go attitude” if you truly want to succeed in your relationship with God.

Jacob was committed and persistent; he stuck with it until he worked his way through it.

He didn’t like where he was any more than we do.

It was frustrating, and it was getting him down.

But he was totally committed to sticking with it until God turned it around for his good.

When God gets our attention through a crisis, He doesn’t always solve it immediately; sometimes He waits to see whether we really mean business.

In this fast paced world we live in, we are so used to and conditioned to instant everything—instant food, instant internet access, instant success—that when we don’t get an immediate answer to our prayer, or an instant turn around in the circumstances, we often forsake God in our impatience and say forget it!
Often times we also start criticizing God, and we dishonor His holiness. 
It was that, which caused Moses to be barred from going into the Promised Land, when he got mad at God and criticized God because of Gods willingness to forgive a stiff necked people that were constantly complaining and rebelling against God. (Deuteronomy 32:51–52)
The fact is you didn’t get into your mess overnight, and you won’t get out of it overnight.

Sometimes God has to remove our weaknesses layer by layer.

Experts tell us it takes six weeks of doing the same thing every day before it becomes a habit.

Think of that in terms of developing the habit of praying and reading your Bible each day, or relearning to love your spouse.

That’s six weeks…forty-two days…over a thousand hours…and Satan will fight you at every turn.

So what should you do?

The answer? Spend time with God!

(Isaiah 40:31) “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.

Paul Overstreet gave us a song that says "Till the Answer Comes, You Gotta Keep Praying"

(Romans 12:12) "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer".

(James 1:12) "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him".

(Philippians 4:13) "I can do all things through him who strengthens me".
There is no victory without commitment!
So today, stand in the midst of the storm and stay committed to your course!
Sailors of old always new how to keep their course by keeping their eyes on the North Star.
According to (Revelation 22:1-15), Jesus is “the bright and morning star”.

Lets keep our eyes fixed on Him as Jacob did with the angel of the Lord.
Do that and blessing will indeed follow.
Good Day!

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - June 25th 2022 Pursue Peace

(Psalm 34:14) "Search for peace, and work to maintain it."
You can maintain a peaceful state of mind wherever you go and whatever you do even in the midst of the most confusing and stressful times. 
“How is that possible?” you ask.
The Bible says, “Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”
First of all the scripture says “He will keep in perfect peace who's mind is set on thee” (Isaiah 26:3)
To enjoy a life of peace, you must first recognize what’s stealing your peace.

Satan uses many of the same tactics on everyone, but we each have particular issues.

For example, one person may be disturbed by having to do two or three things at a time, while another may be “energized” by fielding several projects at once.
We’re all different, and we must learn to “know” ourselves; “understand what makes us tick” as it were.

Satan studies you carefully and knows which buttons to push in your life to distract you!

One Bible teacher wrote, “I can endure things better when I’m not tired…so [Satan] waits to attack until I am worn out.
I learned “by pursuing peace”, what Satan already knew about me; now I try not to get overly tired, because I know I’m opening a door for him when I do”.

It will be virtually impossible to enjoy a life of peace if you don’t study yourself, and know what your “peace stealers” are.

Keep a list of each time you get upset.

Ask yourself what caused the problem, and write it down.

Be honest with yourself, or you’ll never break free.

In the middle of life’s storms, you can be anchored by God’s peace.
Another thought about “keeping peace” in your life is to ask yourself, “do I really trust God or not”.
And if you really do trust God and His power to keep you in all things and to bring you out as more than a conqueror (Romans 8:32), then begin to discipline you self to study remember memorize His promises to you then hide them deep in your heart.

But it doesn't just drop into your lap; you have a part to play.

The amplified bible puts it this way, You must “seek, inquire for…crave peace and pursue (go after) it" (Psalm 34:14)
Good Day!

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