THEME: SUBMIT TO THE AUTHORITIES
“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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
-We observe that disobedience and disrespect to the authorities is a cause for judgement. 1 Peter 2:13-14 reveals that, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” The Lord has given the authorities power to either punish or reward each one according to the laws of the land. Jesus demonstrated submission to the authorities through His life. When He was arrested, He was first taken to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled (Matthew 26:57), then to Pilate, to Herod and back to Pilate, but He submit. Having much greater authority and power, He was focused on His mission and love for mankind. When Pilate boasted that he had the power to either set Jesus free or crucify Him, Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of a greater sin” (John 19:11). Jesus could not defile His word but submitted to the authorities as He instructs us. We are called to submit to the authorities that rule the nations, government officers, authorities at home, in the work place, churches and other areas. When we submit, we gain access to promotion, protection, provision, peace and God’s blessings.
Almighty and Everlasting Father, we come before You this morning thanking You for everything You have done unto us. Thank You for the gift of life and everything that You have done unto us. Thank You for we have began this new week in perfect peace. Heal all those who are sick in hospital and at home, and among our family members and friends merciful Father. Comfort all those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones and grant them peace. Be with all who are jobless and open new opportunities for them. Remember all those who are unmarried, separated and divorced and elevate them to the next level in loving unions. Be with all the street families and children living in the street, that You may give them better lives according to their books in heaven. We submit our hearts to You Jesus, heal all our wounds. We submit all our prayers to You loving Savior, answer them and all our hearts desires according to Your will. Lord You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. Fill our hearts with humility that we may always submit to the authorities as You instruct us. Forgive us Jesus for the many times we have gone against the authorities and thus gone against You. Forgive us all our sins and cover us with Your precious blood. Align us and all those in political positions to Your will. Help us to submit to You according to Your will. All glory, honor, power, authority and victory belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
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