July 16, 2023
READ THE WORD
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed,
and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you
have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is
God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the
servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:1-4 ESV).
All government leaders are called to be a statesman, shepherd, and ultimately a servant of the Most High
King. They are also called ministers of God and will be used for His purposes.
In our culture, the role of public office has been greatly reduced by imposing a negative identity and a
lowering of this position to a mere politician. All too often, governing authorities live up to this identity which
is a lie from the devil and will only lead to destruction. Jesus modeled the behavior every authority should
emulate. He did not come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28).
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ” Matthew 6:33 NIV
“The humble will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him. May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. All the families of the nations will bow down before you.” Psalm 22:26-27 CSB
Take time to give reverence to God, to repent, to rejoice in the Lord, and to respond in faith to the Holy Spirit’s leading.