There is no authority except that which God has established. Romans 13:1

We continue our study of the Book of Romans.  We pick up at the first verse of Chapter 13.  It says:

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment upon themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.  Do you want to be free from fear of the one of authority?  Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.  They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Therefore it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.   This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants who give their full time to governing.  Give to everyone what you owe them:  If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor then honor.” (Romans 13: 1-7)
This is sometimes a very hard thing to accept. Being subject to rules of authorities that you do not agree with, or that seem to be causing more harm than good is obviously a very difficult thing.  However, the Word says they are in authority because God has put them there.  He has established them, therefore we are to submit to them.  We must believe they are in that position to bring something God wants us to see, or do.  If we follow Him in faith, we will see.  It may be something that we do not feel is right, but our God of Love does not make mistakes.  Let us believe the Word, and follow Him.  He will lead us where we need to go.  He has a reason for every action, and everything He asks us to do.  The Word says, “There is no authority except that which God has established.”  Let us follow the rules, do things the right way, and see what we need to see.  Our God always has a purpose in everything He allows.
Let us live our lives in the way Paul describes.  Let us follow the rules to the best of our ability.  If they need to be changed, the Lord will let us know, and provide what needs to be provided to do so.  Let us always try to do the things He asks us to do in faith, and He shall show us what we need to see.  Let us honor our Most High Father, and our King of Kings Jesus, and our Beautiful Holy Spirit, with respect and Love as we do.  Let us remember He always has a purpose.
Abundant Blessings and unconditional Love upon each of you, Beloveds of God.?


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