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God has placed a system of authority in our world that requires faith to operate under its boundaries: fathers responsible for sons and daughters, employers responsible for employees, government leaders responsible for the people, church leaders responsible for church members. These are authority structures God has placed in our lives to protect and guide us to His will. Some confuse position with worthiness or qualifications of that position. It is the position that God works through. The fact that an authority may not be a Christian may have no bearing on whether God can work through him as your authority. It is only when that authority counsels against a biblical mandate that we should not follow that person's guidance. The hand of the king is in the hand of God.

Prov 21:1
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Today, we find few who understand this system of authority God has ordained. It requires great faith to operate in this realm. Yet Jesus said that when we understand this, we demonstrate the kind of faith that He rarely sees. Be a person of rare faith! See the authorities placed in your life as those God is using to protect you.

13 Let every person pbe subject to the governing authorities. For qthere is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 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 rwill receive his approval, 4 for she 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, tan avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also ufor the sake of conscience. p Tit. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13 q [John 19:11]; See Dan. 2:21 r 1 Pet. 2:14 s 2 Chr. 19:6 t 1 Thess. 4:6 u 1 Pet. 2:19; [Eccles. 8:2] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 13:1-5).

God help us to see and understand this great truth through the perspective of faith, hope and love.

Grace and Peace,

Ed

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