June 8, 2021

God’s Gift of our Government

Romans 13:1

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

               It is very impressing to read and study the early American history of the lives and events that shaped and formed our country.  There was such a great level of faith and commitment in the men and women that took part in helping us to become an independent nation.  The very fact that we gained our freedom from England who might have been considered the greatest military strength and power of the world at that time is a miracle in itself.  It doesn’t take a genius to see the hand of God as this nation was formed and birthed to be a free nation under God.  I believe it was the acknowledgement, trust and faith in God that gave us this great nation.  It was more than that, it was the willingness to take action and stand on principle and conviction.  It was the willingness to put your life on the line for what you believed.

               In God’s word it commands men to be subject to their governments as ordained of God.  We are unique in that we are the government and we have each one been blessed to have a say in our government, the policies and values that our nation projects.  If our nation is immoral or is going in a wrong direction whom do we have to blame but ourselves.  We are the ones who place in office the values that we hold and feel are important to our daily lives. 

               I used to not believe in voting.  After all, God was sovereign and He would place in high places whom He would right?  The thing I have come to learn about God is that He has chosen to work in concert with man.  He will empower and help him if he will trust God, but He won’t take all of the responsibility away from us.  If I set on my couch and refuse to work, but I am spiritual so I’ll just pray that God is my provider and will supply all my needs.  While the theory is true in part, the other part the Word teaches is that if a man doesn’t work he shouldn’t eat and a man that doesn’t provide for his household is worse than an infidel and unbeliever.  The principles of God’s word say I need to be stepping out in faith and action and in turn the Lord will be my help.  We have that same mandate and responsibility as Christians to represent godly values through the leaders that we elect into office.  If no one ever told others about Christ how would they come to know him?  Just as we must be a witness for Christ through our sharing and the way we live our life, we must be the ones that speak our voice and our values through our God given vote.  Many a man and woman has risked or given their lives that we might have that privilege and freedom.  We are an insult to their sacrifice if we fail to exercise it.  God has given us a responsibility in the election process.  While He does sit upon the throne, we are the instruments of His hand to perform and work righteousness in the earth.  I have come to believe that by neglecting my responsibility as an American citizen to vote I am neglect a responsibility and a stewardship that the Lord has given me.  Do your part in making a difference in the moral fiber and direction of our country by voting your values and convictions.  It is your God given right and responsibility.

               All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Blessings,

#kent

The River of God

March 11, 2014

 

The River of God


Psalms 65:9

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.

 

Water is an essential element to life as we know it.  Without it this planet would be another dry desolate planet like most others that we are currently aware of.  In God’s kingdom that water is like Spirit Life.  As necessary as water is to us in our human state to live and produce life not just in us, but in plants, animals and other organisms, so the Spirit is the essential to the production of Spirit Life.  We find a description of this river of Life in Revelations 22:1-4, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.”  

Ephesians 1:11-14 tells us, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”  Here is the thing that God wants us to know as His people.  There is a river from the throne of God that is waiting till the fullness of time to be channeled through the earth.  As the scripture says the seal, the earnest, the foretaste of this has been given to us as believers to speak to us of whose we are, of what we have and to give us insight into the abundant flow of God’s Spirit that He is waiting to release in the earth.  

Guess who He has chosen to be the channel of this river of His grace and Spirit life?  Yes, it is His saints He is waiting to channel His divine Life and blessing through.  Romans 8:18-25 tells us, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that[i] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 

    22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  Many of us have known this inward groaning within us.  We have cried out in the midst of our pain and sufferings, “how long oh God?”  The Spirit of the Lord is saying “soon”.  Soon the Spirit of the Lord will no longer be just trickles and streams, but will be poured out so that no one vessel can contain it.  It will be the vessels of His people that will be filled to overflowing and spill out upon the nations so that the Spirit life of God will fill the earth. We have an anointing and an anointed One that lives within us.  It is a time to prepare our hearts and our lives for the release of His glory.  He is coming to be glorified in the earth in an unprecedented way and He desires holy and sanctified vessels to have expression through.  As John came saying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”, this is the day when message is coming forth, “Prepare ye for the glory of the Lord.”  Many of who have suffered much affliction and discouragement will be fully refreshed and delivered.  They will be like the lame man who leaps like a deer.  Prepare your hearts, set your lives in order for the River of God is soon to flow through the earth and carry with it healing for the nations. You are called to be His conduit and channel. 

 

Blessings,

kent

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