November 27, 2018 CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITIES
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
TOPIC – SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITIES
Read: Romans 13:1-7
MEMORISE: 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 (Romans 13:1).
In our days, there seems to exist three basic authorities–spiritual political/administrative and traditional/cultural authorities. Authority is the right to exercise certain powers over the subordinates. If a governor of a state declares a particular day as work-free for known and unknown reasons, there will be compliance. Why he is able to use such power, is the authority given to him by the Constitution. True children of God set the pace in complying strictly with all scriptural directives given by the government. You don’t portray the church of God well, if you are fond of flouting orders indiscriminately. What about your dues to the government? Render what Caesar’s to Caesar’s (Matt. 22:21).
Our spiritual heads are God-ordained just like the political ones. They are to be reverenced, honoured, obeyed and respected. The fact that some clergymen are derailing from the right path, is not a sufficient excuse to treat them with disdain. Remember David. He remains a classic example of follower who didn’t disdain the leader despite knowing that such was fumbling. He refused to pay King Saul back in his own coins, though Saul had already backslidden. He respected God’s anointed, even in death. What an example! Don’t judge them. Instead, help them in your prayers.
You cannot say you are right with God when you keep kicking and working against godly orders of the authorities. Their swords (of the God-ordained, God-instituted leaders) are not raised in vain when you keep not their instructions (Rom. 13:4). You can become a political/spiritual leader someday. How would you like your subjects to treat you? Treat your leaders in all ramifications, likewise, God enabling you.
1. Lord, I refuse to join the crowd to do evil.
2. Lord, give me the right humility to submit to the authorities You constitute in the Church, at home, and the society.
3. Lord, help the citizenry of this nation to be truly committed to nation building in all respect.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 27 -28
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE