TODAY'S MANNA for Sunday, May 2, 2021
Government Authorities?
 
    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.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.   For he is God’s minister(servant) to you for good.  But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister(servant), an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.   Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
Romans 13:1-5               New King James Version
 
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
God said everyone was to be subject to the government authorities.
  Do you struggle with what your government or what your president is doing?  Do you find it hard to follow all of the rules and laws of society today?   Just remember what is says in Romans 13:1 above, "For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God."  The authority is appointed by God not the man or woman in the office, they are there usually through your votes.  But, once they are in office the authority they wield comes from God.  If you don't like what they are doing vote them out next election, don't keep voting them in for longer terms!  Remember, God's Word says we are to pray for them who are in authority.  And it didn't say only if you want to!  Be careful though, that how and what you pray is in line with God's Word also, anything else is witchcraft or sorcery praying.  God didn’t say you had to like them, He just said pray for them. We need order and structure in our society, where would we be without it?   But, more importantly we need what God has set forth for us, and we need to be obedient to His Word.  If those in office are not doing God's will -VOTE them OUT!  If you resist authority of any kind, then you are resisting God.  If you are resisting God then you are in rebellion and are subject to the governing authority's sword of justice.  You are also subject to the same punishment given to Lucifer for his rebellion unless you change your ways. He fell (was thrown out of) from heaven like lightning and became Satan for his rebellion against God.
 
 
MY PRAYER...
   Holy Father God, please help us to understand the true origin of authority, even natural authority.  Help us Lord, to walk within the bounds of that authority just as if it were You yourself laying it down before us.  Because in effect you are.   Help us Lord, to not resist the authorities You have placed over us, but to learn to flow with them.  In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen

 

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