Sunday, December 09, 2018

Peace On Earth

Singing glory, glory let there be peace, let it start in me.


Video: Matt Maher - "Glory (Let There Be Peace)"

One star burns in the darkness
Shines with the promise, Emmanuel
One child born in the stillness
Living within us, Emmanuel

We're singing glory, glory
Let there be peace, let there be peace
Singing glory, glory
Let there be peace, let it is start in me

One voice speaks for the voiceless
Hope for the hopeless, Emmanuel
One love brings us together
Now and forever, Emmanuel

We're singing glory, glory
Let there be peace, let there be peace
Singing glory, glory
Let there be peace, let it is start in me

Do not be afraid His love is strong enough to save us
Nothing stands in the way His love is strong enough to lead us
Do not be afraid His love is strong enough to save us
Nothing stands in the way His love is strong enough to lead us

We sing glory, glory let there be peace, let there be peace
Singing glory, glory let there be peace, let it start in me
Singing glory, glory let there be peace, let there be peace
Singing glory, glory let there be peace, let it start in me
Let there be peace, let it start in me
Peace On Earth
Luke 1:78-79 Because of God's tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace."

Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Best Savior Ever

What an amazing Savior we have!


Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, let's settle this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

Isaiah 7:14 All right then, the Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a Child! She will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us').

It isn't difficult to realize that man will never be good enough to qualify to live eternally with God. We haven't gotten any better than the original sinners that were thrown out of their garden home. You would probably say that we have only gotten worse than Adam and Eve as their one sin has grown into a long list of sins. How can we possibly think we can be good enough to make it into Heaven without God?

All of the world religions are based on the idea that man can reach a better state but true Christ followers admit that they may become better people by man's standards but it isn't enough for God. We may become better citizens of this world but we will not be good enough to become citizens in God's kingdom.

Jesus Christ is the best Savior ever, the only real Savior, the only source of salvation that is good enough by God's holy standards. Since it is all about Jesus and his perfect goodness and it isn't about me, I can be sure that my eternal destiny is secure, without Jesus I will always fail to be good enough but with Jesus I don't have to be.
Hallelujah! What A Savior
✔ Almighty Saviour to liberate us (Psalm 106:21)
✔ Bruised Saviour to redeem us (Acts 5:30, 31)
✔ Comely Saviour to adorn us (2 Peter 1:1)
✔ Divine Saviour to bless us (Titus 3:4)
✔ Eternal Saviour to secure us (Jude 1:25)
✔ Faithful Saviour to keep us (Phil. 3:20)
✔ Great Saviour to deliver us (Isaiah 19:20)
✔ Holy Saviour to sanctify us (Isaiah 43:3)
See the rest of the list at: F. E. Marsh - Hallelujah! What A Savior

There must be a perfect Savior to meet the demands of a Holy God, the only answer was for God the perfect judge to also become God our perfect redeemer, there is no other way for us to measure up. We celebrate God with us on earth because it is the only way for us to be with him for eternity.

Have you met the best Savior ever?
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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Best Giver Ever

The best gift giver ever has a load of presents for his children.


John 1:16-17 From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 "For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

The original gift giver is still the best, he has a huge advantage, he is all knowing and all powerful. Since he made us he knows what we really need the most and he has the power to meet every one of our needs.

One of the greatest themes of the Bible is that God loves so much that he gives, God has a huge pile of gifts for his children, check out some of his best gifts.
God Has Given You:
✔ The gift of a Savior:
“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21

✔ The gift of the Holy Spirit:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” - Acts 1:8

✔ The gift of God’s love:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” - Jeremiah 31:3

✔ The gift of God’s grace:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9

✔ The gift of God’s peace:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” - John 14:27

✔ The gift of wisdom:
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." - James 1:5

✔ The gift of a brand new life:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

✔ The gift of an eternal inheritance:
"Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan." - Ephesians 1:11

✔ The gift of freedom from bondage and sin:
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” - Romans 8:1-2

✔ The gift of supernatural strength:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13

✔ The gift of help to overcome testing:
"Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested." - Hebrews 2:18

✔ The gift of purpose:
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11

✔ The gift of direct access to God:
“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” - 1 John 5:14-15

✔ The gift of hope:
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13

As you dig into God's word take note of the giving nature of God. Loving and giving are so closely related that you could easily come to the conclusion that if you don't give then you must not love.

We certainly cannot out give God but it won't hurt us to try and it will help make the world around us a better place.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Best Gift Ever

Because of God's best gift ever we should give our best gift.


Genesis 4:1-5  Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, "With the LORD's help, I have produced a man!"  2  Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground.

3  When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD.  4  Abel also brought a gift--the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift,  5  but He did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

Imagine living in paradise and then having it taken from you, then imagine having to explain that to your children, they will probably have a difficult time understanding why you were not content with what you had.

When Adam and Eve told their children about the good old days there wasn't any chance that they could exaggerate or stretch the truth. Their home in the garden with daily visits from God was the best but contentment wasn't their greatest attribute.

It is difficult for us to understand how good it was to live in a world without the terrible effects of sin, Cain would have to struggle with the weeds that would grow in the middle of his crops and Abel would have to protect his livestock from the wild animals.

The boys learned that because of sin God required an offering as a part of their worship. They were required to sacrifice the best gift that they had earned from their labor. One of them brought the perfect gift and the other offered a gift that was less than the best.

Just like their parents, Cain and Abel both knew the right thing to do, but there was still the opportunity to exercise their will and do the wrong thing. The condition of their heart and their attitude toward God was reflected in their gift giving.

If God gives you a chance to fix something wouldn't you just do it?

Genesis 4:6-7  "Why are you so angry?" the LORD asked Cain. "Why do you look so dejected?  You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master." 
God let Cain know that he needed to change his attitude and he gave him the opportunity to do so but Cain ignored God's advice. Cain didn't offer God a satisfactory gift and he didn't appreciate the undeserved grace from God to make things right.

Cain decided that he loved his sin more than God and instead of being grateful for grace he complained about the severity of his punishment. Cain thought that he should be the one that gets to make the rules. (Genesis 4:13)

Back to my question: If God talks to you and gives you a chance to fix something wouldn't you just do it? Don't answer too quick, the Bible is full of examples of God giving and man rejecting, it is the underlying theme of God's word. Over and over again God gives his best and we don't appreciate it.

The good news is that God has told us what is wrong and how to fix it!

Romans 3:21-23 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. 
God didn't remain silent, just as he let Cain know how to make things right, he has let us know as well. God spoke to Cain and he was ignored, he spoke to Israel through the Old Testament prophets and he was ignored, and he still speaks to us today and we ignore him the same as the rest of mankind before us. (1 Samuel 8:7 / Isaiah 66:4 / John 12:48 / 1 Thessalonians 4:8)

The gospel is the answer for everything that is wrong with this world. God cared enough to send his very best but just like Cain we get to decide to accept the gift or reject it. God has made it crystal clear and extremely easy to make things right and enjoy a peaceful relationship with him but we refuse to accept his gift of grace and mercy.

What kind of gift do I give? Too often it isn't my best gift.

Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.
I need to learn from the best how to be a better gift giver. I am just like Cain, I don't like to admit that I am a terrible gift giver, I tend to give God less than the best gift even though I know how to please him.

Sometimes I give him my time but it is only after everything else is done and I am too tired. Sometimes I give him my spare change instead of giving financially with generosity. Sometimes I use my talents for ministry but often my abilities are used to serve myself.

 I need to follow God's example and give myself completely to him. How can I dare give him anything less? I need to show God how much he means to me by what I give back to him.

Have you accepted what God says is wrong with your relationship with him? Have you done what he requires to repair your relationship?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Best Baby Ever

The Christmas story according to kids.



Luke 2:9-18 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them.

"Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior--yes, the Messiah, the Lord--has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others--the armies of heaven--praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

17 After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished,

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Don't Toss The Gift

We need to appreciate how valuable the gift is.


Galatians 4:4-7  But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.

6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Most people would agree that children and Christmas go together, it is probably the perfect combination, after-all the main person in the Christmas story is a baby. But not just any baby, this is the best baby ever, this baby is the Son of God.

A lot of times when Christmas gets out of control it involves the kids, there are plenty of opportunities for disagreements, from what to get the kids to how much to spend, we do a lot this time of year to provide great presents for our kids.

It is too bad that we don't learn from our past experiences, we see it happen over and over again, we know in the back of our head that they are going to toss the gift aside way too soon, and yet we still put so much energy and emotions into buying their happiness.

Your kids are so much like God's kids. 


Jesus came a long way to give us the most awesome gift that has ever been given and God watches us as we quickly toss the gift to the side and enjoy the box. Instead of being thankful for and treasuring the gift we settle for the worldly idea of Christmas and become fascinated with the wrapping paper and the lights.

Maybe we think that we deserve the gift because we think we aren't that bad or maybe we discount the gift and try to minimize the cost. The Bible makes it clear that I am way too bad to deserve any kindness from God and it also tells us that the price tag for this gift was outrageous.

Nobody should ever spend that much on me but even if it was less expensive I still would not deserve to have the gift. My goodness won't get me very far and neither will yours. There has to be a different way or else nobody will ever get the gift of eternal life with God.
John 1:12  But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Romans 5:17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one Man, Jesus Christ.
The gift has been provided to all of us that are willing to accept it. I have been adopted into the family based on Jesus goodness, because I believe and accept that he lived a sinless life and died as my passover lamb, I have become God's child.

I need to remember that I do not deserve anything good from God yet he spent so much on me to give me the best gift ever. I need to see the value of this gift and treasure it so that I won't toss it aside and settle for lesser joy that can never satisfy. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Challenge Of The Eternal City

Heaven is my destination for eternity and it is my motivation for this life.


Revelation 22:3-5 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship Him. 4 And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there--no need for lamps or sun--for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

Titus 2:12-14 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

At the end of the book of Revelation we see the ultimate end of our existence. We don't have to speculate or search Google to find the answer to the demise of humanity and our planet. Because we do know how it will end and we know that we will be answerable to God for this life we need to consider a few things.

First we looked at the idea that we should be excited to celebrate our final victory in Jesus and feel comfort in knowing that Heaven is in our future. We need to be encouraged to live joyfully so that other people will see the incredible hope and comfort that the world desperately needs.

Second we looked at the cause or the purpose of the eternal city and we learned that Heaven isn't supposed to be our great desire because we will get a more comfortable existence with a lot of great perks. My greatest desire should be to know God in a much more personal way.

Today I am looking at the third way that the reality of Heaven should affect our existence today. I should live a very different lifestyle with a new mindset because of wat has been done for me. I love to travel to other countries but it is always a tiny bit of anxiety while you wait to get through immigration. That anxiety is something that you don't need to have when you arrive at the eternal city.

I know that Heaven is a country where I could never get a visa without some serious help from somebody much better than myself. Since I have received such an awesome gift I should show my gratitude instead of acting like this life is all about me.

The king of the eternal city has a best selling book that tells us how to get through immigration and what is expected of the citizens of the eternal city. He wrote this book for our benefit yet there are many that have purchased the book and have never seriously thought about the author and what his intentions were for writing the book.

God's book makes it clear that the people that are looking forward to a better country are supposed to be patriotic representatives of the better country and it's King. These special people should live differently to promote our homeland and it's interest.
Romans 7:21-25 I have discovered this principle of life--that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God's law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
The challenge to live to please the king of our new country should create a tension between the new country and the country of birth. The new creation that I am in Jesus demands my loyalty but the fact that I am still stuck in this fallen world in my old carnal body is a conflict that I must deal with for now.
Titus 3:5-8 He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of His grace He declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life."

8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
Thankfully I do not have to master this conflict alone! Besides the best selling book that the king wrote I also have unbelievable power to live above the standards of this world because he also gave me the Holy Spirit. When I utilize the power found in the Bible and the Holy Spirit's power I can rise up to the challenge and live in victory.

Jesus knows that the citizens of his eternal city that take his instructions seriously will struggle against the culture and it's attitudes. That is why he gives us good news at the end of the book: “My reward is with Me.”

Will you be ready for great gain or will you suffer great loss? (! Corinthians 3:13-17)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Cause Of The Eternal City

How exciting does being with God for eternity sound to you?


Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship Him. 4 And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there--no need for lamps or sun--for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

Psalms 68:3-4 But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God's presence. Let them be filled with joy. 4 Sing praises to God and to His name! Sing loud praises to Him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD--rejoice in His presence!

There are many reasons to take comfort in knowing that you are going to Heaven when you die. Most of us would list reasons such as seeing a loved one, getting a new body that isn't worn out and everybody's favorite, escaping Hell.

Heaven is going to be amazing. The eternal city won't have a temple, no more night (yet there won't be any lighting from the sun and no light bulbs) no disease or death and no more closed gates to keep our enemies out. Paradise lost has been restored!

But it is wise to see Heaven as more than just our destination. If you are just looking for a better place to live with a prosperous lifestyle then you are missing the point of going to heaven. My desire to go to Heaven should be much more than escaping Hell, enjoying the abundant life or desiring to be rid of the troubles that we have here on earth.

Jesus promised us that the pure in heart will be blessed to see God but how much do we really long to see God? I see how much some of the characters in the Bible desired to see God and be with him and I see a huge difference in my life. The lack of passion for him on my part is embarrassing to admit. (Matthew 5:8, Romans 8:18-30)
Exodus 33:16-18 How will anyone know that You look favorably on me--on me and on Your people--if You don't go with us? For Your presence among us sets Your people and me apart from all other people on the earth."

17 The LORD replied to Moses, "I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name." 18 Moses responded, "Then show me Your glorious presence."
God has promised Moses that he would be with him and take his people to an awesome land full of many wonderful things but that isn't what Moses longs for the most. Moses used to live in the household of the richest man around but he already gave up all of that stuff. Moses wasn't looking for the abundant life here on earth.

All of this stuff excites most of us more than spending time in God's presence and knowing him intimately. It is so wrong that the idea of spending eternity with God doesn't excite me as much as it should.

We don't really appreciate what we have! In our sin filled minds we cannot love him, worship him or desire to be with him as much as we should. This song by Natalie Grant comes to mind and helps me question my motivation for desiring Heaven:
More Than Anything - Natalie Grant
Help me want the Healer more than the healing
Help me want the Savior more than the saving
Help me want the Giver more than the giving
Help me want you Jesus more than anything
If I desire the things that Jesus can do for me more than I desire to know him then something is wrong with my desires. Jesus doesn't want to be accepted because of all of the things that he can do for me.

There are a lot of perks that come with going to Heaven but being with God and enjoying his presence for eternity should be our ultimate goal and our greatest satisfaction. It is absurd that we don't react to this awesome news and desire God more than we do.

My desires need to be checked regularly. It is too easy to begin to lose my first love and become more passionate for the things of this world. None of those other things are going to satisfy my deepest longings.

Lord help me to long for and keep my focus on you!

Friday, November 09, 2018

The Comfort Of The Eternal City

There is no greater comfort than knowing that Heaven is in your future.


Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship Him. 4 And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there--no need for lamps or sun--for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

The book of Revelation is such an encouragement for God's children, that may be a very surprising statement to you, very few people look at the book from that point of view but God's children really should. It is the greatest story ever told that should affect our lives for today and for eternity.

Instead we get too busy analyzing the culture that we live in and the characters that can be found in the news stories from around the world and we attempt to make our times be the end times. We study everything in the book and try to make a literal interpretation of it all that is based on current world events so that we can figure out God's timetable.

We fail to acknowledge that the writer was severely hindered in trying to describe things that are too great to communicate to humans so that they can comprehend and we forget that God didn't allow John to write down everything. (Revelation 10:4)
God didn’t give us the book of Revelation so that we could analyze our culture, so that we could pinpoint social and political analyses of current events. He wrote it so that we might catch the spirit of the coming of Jesus Christ and live in the light of it.
-John MacArthur
How can we think that we are so well informed that we can piece all of this together and figure out the details of Jesus return?

Satan likes us for us to look at the negative aspects of the book of Revelation, he will use anything to get us down, even the best news that God has ever revealed can be used against us.
Reasons to see this book as a source of comfort and encouragement:
✔ Revelation gives us an awesome view of Jesus that you don't get to see very often in scripture. Seeing the glorified Savior as he is today should give me great hope.

✔ Revelation shows me that God is on the throne and Jesus is at his side. The picture of God on the throne throughout the book of Revelation should be reassuring to us as we witness the chaos of this world around us everyday. (Revelation 4:2-10, 5:1-13, 6:16)

✔ I get to witness the final defeat of Satan, God's kingdom comes and the prayers of the saints throughout the ages has been answered. Jesus assures us three times in the last chapter of Revelation that he is coming back to take us to this glorious scene. (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20)
Satan loves for God's children to be deceived into worrying about future events and focusing on bad news. The bad news that you see in today's world will only get worse, don't fret about it, today's bad news is a part of God's timetable.

I need to celebrate the eternal city and my victory in Jesus! I need to be encouraged to live joyfully and let my light shine so that other people will see the incredible hope and comfort that the world cannot explain apart from Jesus.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Election Results

God works in all things (even in bad government).


1 Peter 2:13 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

Romans 13:1-2 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

You think your government is bad? Most of the people that have the opportunity to read this will be in a country that gives them a better situation in life than the people that are mentioned in the Bible.

Remember the favor that the Israelite's enjoyed when they first arrived in Egypt? It didn't take long for it to disappear after Joseph's death. God allowed an oppressive government to rule his people and bring them great harm even though there isn't any indication that God's people deserved any of it. God allowed a paranoid leader to oppress his people as a part of a bigger plan.

The New Testament scriptures listed above are easy for Americans to read but application is not going to happen most of the time. We are pretty sure that it is the end of the world if our candidates do not win.

We forget that Peter and Paul wrote the scriptures to respect and pray for the Roman government that was so harsh to them. What the government meant for evil was a part of God's plan for good to spread the gospel as his people scattered further away from Jerusalem.

We forget who is in control and whose purposes will ultimately prevail. God allows good and bad governments for his purpose and plan for human history.
Daniel 2:20-21 “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.
We forget that this world must get much worse off before the end of time. I am not predicting that the end of the world is here if my candidate doesn't win but at some point the badness of our world will never turn around and improve.
Jeremiah 29:7 And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
We forget that we are ambassadors in a foreign land, we are here to persuade the government and the people of this land but ultimately we cannot force them to behave a certain way or make them view our country as a better place than their own.
2 Timothy 4:18 Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.
We forget that we will arrive safely in Heaven no matter how much we are truly persecuted or even put to death! Injustice will be a part of this broken world, some will face more of it than others and it will always seem unfair when it happens to you.

It is too easy to get overly involved in the cares of this world and lose our perspective. We should try to have a positive affect on the things of this world and be an influence for good but we shouldn't be too upset when things don't go our way.