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Well the election season is upon us once more and what a ride it will be for the next several months! For many there will be victory and for others there will be defeat. No matter how you feel about the upcoming elections or whether you choose to get involved or not, we all have to continue in living our lives. As believers, we are always inspired by scriptures, which remind us that all rulers are established (and removed) by God. We are also encouraged to pray for our leaders, no matter who they are or what they may stand for. Therefore, I hope that you, like me, have been praying and will continue to pray for our country’s leadership, after all they need it as much as anyone else.
Remember too that we are to show respect and obedience to our leaders, as is fit in the Lord. The key phrase here is – as is fit in the Lord. For me, that means as long as leadership does not ask of us things that are in direct opposition to God and His word, we are to follow. However, should leadership ask of us things that are clearly against God and His word, we are to stand up for God like the Hebrew boys who stood up to King Nebuchadnezzar and as a result had to face the furnace. When we stand up for the things of God, things may get hot for us as well. Who knows if the nation’s leadership will provide us a hot or a cool spiritual atmosphere but none-the-less, we know who controls the thermostat. King Jesus!
That’s right – Jesus – is the one in ultimate control and as long as we remember that, the results of any election really are not that important. What is truly important is our attitude and our response. If we want to adjust our own climate, we can influence the temperature through prayer. Therefore, in all things, I encourage everyone to remain faithful in praying for our leadership here on earth – all the while remembering that we live by a heavenly theocracy not just an earthly democracy.
God Bless! - Rick
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