1 Timothy 2:1-2 How To Live Life

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

While the world is always talking about wanting peace, it is a peace that allows everyone to do whatever he wants to do. The world does not have a rock solid standard of how to live life, it is up to each individual and each situation.

When everyone is living by his own standards, there can be no real peace.

Paul encourages that all types of prayer be made for everyone, especially kings and those in authority. The purpose of the prayer is so that they may live peacefully in all godliness and holiness.

Most people in the church desire peace across the world and will pray for it on a regular basis. Some will pray for the leaders of their nations and lower level governmental officials.

However, just like the world, they pray for it so that they can live as they want, not necessarily as God wants them to live.

Many churches have peace with the world, because they are living as the world does–in sin. The standards of godliness and holiness are often put to the side, causing the church to look and act like the world does.

Jesus did not come to remove sins so that one could sin more, but so that he could live a godly and holy life as a witness to this dark and dying world. Every believer is to live a life that is separate from the world.

Prayer and thanksgiving must be made for every leader, so that the believer may be able to live a godly and holy life in peace.

Each and every day take time to pray and give thanks for those who are leaders over you from the workplace all the way up to national leaders. Pray that God will work in their lives in such a way that they allow you to live a godly and holy life.

Then, instead of living like the world in sin, live as Jesus did–in godliness and holiness in everything you think, say and do. Turn away from all sin to God. This is what will please God and why Jesus died and rose again for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will pray and give thanks to God for all leaders in authority above you; that you will live a holy and godly life like Jesus; and that you will be give peace to live for God.

John 19:11 No Real Self Power Over You

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Power is something that a lot of people think that they have in and of themselves. Controlling people is what they love to do. Many will use their positions to control people, while others will use physical force.

With both of these ways of controlling people, the feeling that they are the ones who have the authority and power to do so is true for both.

Pilate asked Jesus if He realized that he had the power to crucify Him. Jesus told him that the only power he has was given from God.

God is the Creator who created everything and every person on this planet and in this universe. Since He is the Creator of everything, then He is also the only one with real power.

In and of himself, man does not have any abilities or power at all, and neither do the demonic powers of this earth. Every ability, whether good or bad, is given by God.

It is common for many believers to have struggles with other people on this earth. Those who are in ‘authority’ make life difficult for believers, trying to tell them what they can and cannot do. Since this occurs, many believers get angry with God because of these people.

God uses every person and every situation for the building up of His people. This may mean that a difficult leader is in the life of a believer causing problems. God has allowed that person to do something to build His follower up.

Instead of fighting back, the believer must trust in God and do what He says. God used Pilate to crucify Jesus to save the world.

You have leaders in your life that are difficult to be around. They appear to make your life miserable. One thing to remember is that person in your life only has the power and authority that God has given him.

Seek to understand how God is using that person in your life. Also seek to know how you can be a witness to that person. Outside of the authority that God gave that person, he has no real power.

Do not fear that person, but trust God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the control God has in this world; that you will understand the authority God gives all people; and that God will help you remove all fear of people.

Revelation 13:4 The Wrong Perspective

People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” Revelation 13:4

In order to have the correct perspective in life, one must have the right foundation. He must be willing to look at things from the correct position.

When things are viewed from the wrong base position, everything will appear different from what they really are. Things can become distorted and appear much larger or much smaller than what they are in reality.

In John’s vision, he sees a dragon give a beast supernatural powers to heal itself. The people begin to worship the beast. They asked, “who is like the beast?” And “who can wage war against it?”

Throughout time there have been people of the world that have risen in power and authority. As they rise up, they are not followers of God and appear to have complete control of what they are doing and that God has not power to stop them.

Most people give up the fight against such a person, feeling as if there is no way to combat him. This becomes even more true about believers when the evil person appears to be doing things that only God can do.

Satan tries to masquerade himself as an angel, a worker of God. The world will often speak the very words of God, but taking them out of context and twisting them up. Many believers cower in fear, forgetting the authority that God gave them. Forgetting that God said He would make the believer more than a conqueror.

In answer the questions about the beast, God and His followers are able to wage war against the beast. Believers are to wage war against the demonic forces and influences in this world by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You may see some worldly, demonic authority rising up in power, maybe even doing miracles as Jesus did. Rather than fearing and worshiping the authority, stand on God’s side and be willing to fight the battle.

Do not allow fear of the authority to overcome your trust and faith in God. God is greater than any thing or any person on this earth. He has given you all authority and power to overcome the world and all that is in the world.

Keep your eyes on who God is, not who the demonic forces appear to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power and authority of God; that God will help you recognize the demonic forces in this world; and that you will worship God alone.

Revelation 11:17 Give Thanks–He Reigns

saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelation 11:17

Over time there have been many different people rise in power to reign as leaders over a nation. Some of those leaders were good leaders that the people enjoyed having. Others were tyrants that the majority of people feared.

Although there have been many different leaders, none have lasted forever and none have complete absolute control. Nor have any of them been able to control the entire world at once.

In John’s vision he sees the elders bowing down and worshiping God. As they did this, they were giving thanks because God had taken His great power and began to reign.

Looking around the world, a believer may wonder sometimes if God is really in control. The amount of sin that is rampant and being promoted makes it appear as though God has left the earth and the believers on their own. Evil appears to have the upper hand in all the nations.

God is patient and allowing the world to run its course. There is coming a day when He will end His patience and begin to judge the world. At that time there will come destruction greater than has ever been seen upon the earth. Every person, believer or non-believer will know and see the hand of God working it all.

Until that day, every believer needs to allow God to reign in his own life. Then he can give God thanks that He is reigning in his own life.

As God reigns in the personal life, one will see that He is reigning in the world also. This can give a peace that passes understanding and strength for the days to come.

God has a plan for your life, but He must be given absolute control. He has to be the reigning authority in your life, not your boss, yourself or anyone else. Do not fear the temporary powers that appear to be in control but are not.

When God reigns, you will see Him do great and mighty things in and through you for His kingdom.

As you see God reigning in your life, give Him thanks. Thank Him for knowing what to do and how to do it. Thank Him for the control and power that He has.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will allow God complete control over all that you say, think and do; that you will give God thanks for His reigning power; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life and this world.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 How Do You Receive God’s Word?

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Every day people all over the world hear many different things. They hear things physically and by seeing or reading different sources.

Depending upon the source, a person will choose as to how much he accepts what he is hearing as truth or of importance. Some things are ignored, while great attention is given to other bits of information.

Paul thanked God for the people had heard and accepted God’s word as God’s word, not just some made-up human invention.

Hearing the word of God is easy to do in America and some other countries around the world. There is freedom to have a Bible or to talk about God’s word. But there is much more than just reading the Bible or hearing it mentioned.

There are many different secular universities that accept God’s word as a great piece of literature, but nothing more than that. Many people, including many in the church, have taken on that same viewpoint, that it is just a good piece of literature and not God’s word.

Every week people hear God’s word in churches, but never apply it to their lives. It is ignored as just some more needless information.

The person who truly believes in God will accept the Bible as God’s actual word. When he hears or reads the Bible, he will accept it as coming directly from God and will obey it immediately. It is not just some good stories to be read, but a life changing book that is alive and powerful.

As a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to read and hear God’s word to you each and every day. When you take time to read God’s word you must be willing to ask yourself how you are supposed to obey it. To obey the Bible is to obey God, it is His written word.

Do not allow yourself to ignore reading the Bible or doing what it says. Take it as the authority, that was given by God, upon how you live your life.

The more you obey God’s word, the closer to God you will come and the more like Jesus you will be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will apply God’s word to your life; that you will not be ashamed of God’s word to you; and that you will be a witness of the power of God’s word in your life.