Devo What if I don’t like him?
Romans 13:1-7 (NIV)
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Want a quick way to bring God’s judgment on yourself? Just rebel against authority. God put them there for a reason. You may say “but Pastor they are so different how could this be”? God clearly tells us that some governing officials are there for good and some are there because He gives us what we ask for and allows us to be punished. For example when Israel asks for a King and gets Saul. Obey and God will give us a better ruler. Rebel and get what you ask for. What’s in your Capitol? Daniel and his friends were told to obey their new king even though he destroyed Israel. They did and God promoted them.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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