Rhapsody of Realities 9 June 2021 Daily Devotional — Civil Authorities Are For Good Works

Rhapsody of Realities 9 June 2021 Daily Devotional by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome — Civil Authorities Are For Good Works

(Wednesday 9 June 2021)

TOPIC: Civil Authorities Are For Good Works

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Key Verse:
For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation (Romans 13:3; AMPC).

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Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional 9 June 2021

MESSAGE:

God’s Word teaches that we obey civil authorities because they’re established by God (Romans 13:2). So, whether it’s the king, the prime minister, the president, the governor or mayor, etc., we’re to obey them, but only in the context of God’s Word.

Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional 9 June 2021

1 Peter 2:13-15says, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Peter, by the Spirit, shows us that these ordinances were set up for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional 9 June 2021

However, we’re in a world where some government leaders do the exact opposite of what the Word says. That’s why it can become a problem if you leave the definition of “right” or “wrong” to the government. The Word of God is what determines right and wrong. In Romans 13:1-4, the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul, admonishes everyone to obey state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission.
But He didn’t stop there; He went further to spell the responsibilities of the state: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:3-4).

Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional 9 June 2021

You may then ask, “Doesn’t it follow that whatever a leader does, therefore, is from God?” Absolutely not! You have to apply the right contextual understanding; otherwise, where would you place the likes of Stalin, Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler? Their actions were ungodly. So we understand that not all leaders please the Lord.

Civil authorities are to promote a righteous cause; they’re for good works not evil.
Proverbs 29:2 & 4 (AMPC) says, “When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh…The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it.”

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PRAYER:

Dear Father, I pray for those you’ve placed in positions of authority, that they’ll promote human rights and dignity, peace, fairness, righteousness, and a conducive atmosphere for the preaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Proverbs 29:2; Ezra 7:10; Proverbs 21:15

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 1:1-26 & 2 Chronicles 1-4

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 16:1-11 & Deuteronomy 7

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Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional was written by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the President of
LoveWorld Inc., a dynamic, multifaceted, global
ministry. He’s a dedicated minister of God’s
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