Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Don't Stop With Your Vote

The time is drawing near that we as a nation will be electing a new president, a new leader of our country. We must all take our responsibility serious to vote. But if we stop with casting our vote then we have dropped the ball, we have let our country and our leader down. You would not send someone to a destination they had never heard of before, and then expect them to start out toward that destination without any direction as to which way to go would you? Or have you ever tried to put a puzzle together, that you have no picture to go by, you have no idea what the finished product is suppose to look like, much less what shape it will be? When we vote in our leaders, then we stop right there and we do not continue to lift them up in prayer, then we have done the same thing. We have given them a puzzle without the picture.

All authority is ordained by God, Himself, and will answer to God.

Romans 12 v 21....Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good......

Romans 13 v 1-10......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 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, 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. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.......

I know that is a mouthful, but let me break it down how God showed it to me this morning.

1. All authority is ordained by God

This means that whoever is in authority will answer to God, Himself for the actions they take while in authority. We need to pray for this person in authority

2. If you resist that authority, you are going against God, Himself

God will avenge this authority, He doesn't need your help in judging this person. We need to pray for this person in authority

3. For our own conscience sake, we are to obey the authority, and do what is right and legal.

We must pray for this person in authority, instead of complaining and whining and doing nothing

4. We must pay our taxes to whom our taxes are due.

And fear is given to whom fear is due, and honor to whom honor is due. We all know that we as children of God are not given a spirit of fear, so therefore this would be talking about the fear of God, and this person will fear God and honor God. We need to pray for this person in authority

5. God's commandments will not be overridden, They can take them out of the White House but they can not take them out of His people. We as Christians must make every effort to keep God's commandments alive by living them out ourselves. Just because someone takes them off a wall, or plaque does not mean they take them away from us. It is our responsibility as Christians to uphold God's law first and foremost.

When we do this, when we act with the love of God, we will be able to easily keep all of His commandments and serve the authority He has appointed.

So first we must Pray, then vote, then pray for who is appointed. The power of prayer from faithful children of God will be heard by God, and will be answered by God. So don't stop with your vote! AMEN!


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