Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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Stop, and consider this for a moment.
Where are you on the photo above?
When you consider politics, are you:
Where are you?
Maybe a better question is, “Why Are You?”
You see, this is my concern in the church. I expect the world to act like the world, and so should you. But the church is what concerns me?
But, do you see it?
Regardless of the side of the aisle we prefer, we are all plagued with THE SAME DECEPTION, namely, the priority our political goals play in our life.
NOTE: We think that if we get more people who think like us in positions of power then we will live peaceful and quiet lives (1 Timothy 2:2m).
Have you ever considered that the promise of that verse is NOT THAT GOD gives us peace and tranquility by giving us the right leaders, but He gives you the peace and tranquility BECAUSE YOU’VE PRAYED, regardless of whether or not your circumstances change!
But, that’s a message for later.
I have a few friends that work in various positions in Washington D.C. One of them recently shared with me, “The only thing that will fix Washington D.C., is Jesus.”
Before you say, “Yah, yah, Mark, of course.” I want you to consider what winds you up more:
Depending on your answer, you might want to stop for just a moment and ask the Lord for forgiveness. Or, you may not want to, but you should.
You see, that’s the problem isn’t it? We’re more wrapped up in what we want, than what God wants.
Do you really believe that sataN packs his bags and runs away when more and more of your political party enters the city limits of Washington D.C.?
NOTE: I’m not speaking out of the other side of my mouth when I say that, if you are in politics, you are to work as if you are working unto the Lord and not man. Meaning, do what you do with excellence.
The evil one will not cease until Jesus throws him into the pit.
So what does sataN do now, if he doesn’t pack his bags and leave, when your guy/gal wins?
And we in the church are missing this. When we “win” at the ballot box, we think we’ve won in the spiritual realm.
Friends, to use a line from a completely different context, when we think this way, “We above all men are to be most pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)
So, be on guard, for the evil one roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
And be aware that he may fool you, when he comes to you as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Whatever else he does, expect him to return to you at an opportune time. (Luke 4:13)
Instead of telling God what you want, let His Word tell you what He wants.
We like to abide in His Son and in His Word so that we can ask whatever we want and get it, right?
STOP! That’s not what John 15:7 says!
NOTE: It really says, “If you abide in Me (Jesus) and [YOU LET] MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, then you will ask whatever you will and it will be given unto you.”
Do you see the focus? The focus is His Word/s abiding in you. The reason you will get what you pray for is because you will be asking for Christ’s will, Christ’s words, because YOUR words will change to match His words.
Why do I say, “Don’t read it?” Because you will be faced with an indisputable fact that the guy leading us in Washington D.C. is who God put there, and who God wants there.
And there’s another indisputable fact that you’ll be stuck with:
THE PASSAGE WAS TRUE THE PREVIOUS 8 YEARS ALSO.
Here’s the “So-what.” Are you blaspheming God, by the way you are praying for the current leadership?
Or, did you blaspheme God by the way you prayed for the previous leadership?
How you answer that, will tell you why you are, whichever face you are, from above.
But more than that, I hope that you will hit your knees and ask for forgiveness, either for the way you pray, or the way you prayed.
Further, I hope you will pray for all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity, regardless of political results.