Be Subject to Government~

3 Oct

Be Subject to Government~

Be Subject to GovernmentPsalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.

We are not always going to agree with our government but the Lord is concerned with the character of His children and how we act. A great example is the behavior of David. King Saul rejected God’s will and made up excuses for his motives, blaming others and never repenting. King Saul became very jealous of David and wanted him killed. David knew King Saul’s actions did not deserve respect, yet David honored Saul as his king and refused to kill him. David said, “The LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed” 1 Samuel 26:11.

Romans 13
Be Subject to Government
1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
1 Peter 2:13-17
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
With all that said we are still to keep the Lord first and not let anything (including the government) or everyone stop us from sharing the Good News!
Acts 5:27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. 31 “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
The greatest thing we can do is PRAY for our leaders.
A Call to Prayer
1 Timothy 2
1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
God Bless Each and Everyone of You!
Lord Jesus Saves
5-15-2011

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4 Responses to “Be Subject to Government~”

  1. lordjesussaves 05/15/2011 at 10:02 AM #

    Psalm 22:28
    For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.

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  2. Lord Jesus Saves † 10/05/2012 at 2:44 PM #

    David is a great example for us today. King Saul had turned away from God and he wanted David killed. David’s men urged him to to Kill King Saul but David refused, remembering that it was the LORD who had made Saul king — and anyone who attacked the LORD’s king was attacking the LORD. David was determined to use this as an opportunity to show his faith in God, and to display that faith in front of everyone present.
    So David went to where Saul had left his robe, and quietly cut off the hem. Then he waited until Saul left the cave.
    As Saul was returning to his men, David came to the mouth of the cave, and bowed to the ground, as people in his culture did to show deep respect for someone. With great charisma, he told his story — he had just passed up a chanced to kill Saul, out of respect for the LORD, and he displayed the hem of Saul’s robe as evidence. He furthermore promised he would never harm the king the LORD had chosen. 1 Samuel 23:19 – 24:22

    After King Saul’s death David continued to show respect.

    [After King Saul, his son and Israel’s army were defeated:] 2 Samuel 1:11–12
    11 Therefore David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

    So whoever is our President or leader as individuals we are still to show respect.

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  3. Paul Williams 11/17/2012 at 12:34 PM #

    and if you had been alive in Germany in the 1930s would you have obeyed Paul’s teaching then?

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