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.

Joshua 10:42 All Because Of God

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All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Joshua 10:42 

Battles are fought all the time by people everywhere in the world. Some battles are small with just person to person, while others are larger. The levels of the battles can go from individual battles to whole nations or even continents. These battles can also be just words of fighting to thousands of people getting killed.

In each of these battles there is always someone or a group who is leading the fighting. They are giving the directions and guidance as to how to fight and win the battle.

Joshua had been leading the people into the various battles to take over the land of Canaan as God had promised to the Israelites. God had given the direction to go in and destroy every city and everyone in those cities.

As the Israelites were fighting, they were also winning all of the battles. At one point five different kings came up together against the Israelites. In a single campaign, Joshua was able to defeat each of those kings. However, he did not take the credit for winning the battles. He knew that they had won the battles because God had fought for them.

Without God on their side, they would not have won the battles.

Every day believers are also in various battles. They are battling against sin in their own lives, they are battling for the souls of family members, friends, neighbors, and enemies. While the battles may seem personal and the believer is the leader of the battle, it is not the person who wins the battle, it is God.

God is the one who goes with the believer into battle. It is God who gives the strength to win and overcome the enemy.

In your life you will go through some battles. Some will be physical, while the majority will be spiritual. Allow God to guide you in these battles. Allow God to be the one to win the battle with and for you.

Then understand as a battle is won, it was not you had won the battle on your own, but it was God who won the battle. It is God who gives you strength and ability to overcome the enemy.

God is on your side, in that He wants only the best for you–to be like Jesus. This is why He will fight for you. Trust God to win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s strength in your life; that you will give God credit for winning battles; that you will allow God to guide you in the battles in your life; and that you will see God’s victory in your life.

Matthew 21:5 A Humble King

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“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Matthew 21:5

Jesus was getting near the end of His ministry. He had been telling the disciples that He would be killed. Now He comes riding into the city, sitting on donkey’s foal. This was to fulfill a prophecy made by Zechariah.

Kings, leaders, presidents and others in high authority are known for arriving with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There is always a lot of fanfare going on to bring in someone of high leadership.

When the President of the United States arrives at a building where he is going to speak, he arrives with a great fanfare and group of people. There are multiple vehicles in front and behind him. When he walks out into a room, there is always some music playing, people rise up for him, and He is announced.

The same goes for famous celebrities. There is a lot of pictures being taken. They arrive in a large limousine. There is flashing of jewelry and expensive clothing. It is a show of pride and luxury, with no sign of humility.

In many countries, when their leader arrives, there is also a great show of their military power. Soldiers, weapons, and military equipment go before the leader to show who is in control and has the power.

Jesus did not do any of this. He came in riding on a baby donkey. In the biblical times, a king would arrive on a horse showing great power. Jesus did not show any of that, even though He had more power than all the kings on the earth combined. He created the earth and all who are in it.

The purpose of His riding in that way, was to show love and compassion. He is a king who can understand where people are, so He comes in humility. Most people do not have the grand horse to ride on, but just have the donkey.

Even today, Jesus comes to you in love and compassion. He does have the power, but will not show a force of threat to get you to follow Him. Jesus wants you to want to follow Him. He understands where you are and is there for you. He is not untouchable.

Do not fear your king. He is gentle.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your king; that you will know Jesus is gentle and loving; that you will seek to find Jesus in your life; and that you will show His love and humility in your life.