Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 207
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We are only 20 days away from the 2016 Presidential election in America. And all are thinking a new President is going to make things better for them. At least that is why most cast a vote one way or another. And most don’t understand they are actually acting out Philippians 3:18-19. Michael gives us some outstanding insights into how this has played out around the world he traveled.
Give Us a Government
“Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. --I Samuel 8:6
I must admit that one of my greatest struggles has been to see God in government. As I ministered in so many countries, I could not help but see the abuse of government when carnal man takes control. I have often been asked how I can believe in a God who permits suffering. My response is consistent: “How can you believe in man, who causes the suffering?” The amazing thing is that we the people have yielded to these carnal men the authority over us. In man’s carnality he cannot even settle an argument with a neighbor. He believes himself to be right and cries, “Give us a king to judge us!” Well, we have all gotten our kings, our judges, and we got more than we reckoned for. Justice has a price, freedom! In the end every man would have been better off to give the neighbor whatever he had taken, to forego the king and judge, and to trust God to fix the whole thing. We can see that governments come into existence because of man’s lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and boastful pride of life. It was man’s carnality that put a king in charge; now the king counts on man’s carnality in order for him to stay in power. The carnal liberal and the carnal conservative both want to impose their wishes on the other. The carnal king (government) listens so intently because, after all, he is needed. All the while this friction is used to keep the king in power, and while in power, what does he do? He placates both sides while oppressing, stealing, appropriating, and financing every deed of the flesh. “Give us a king!” What a mistake. The founding fathers of the United States saw it and tried to stop it. Their solution was a government under God. The carnal are like mushrooms, hidden until the fullness of time when a simple afternoon storm reveals that they surround us. Kings do not want God to stand in the way of their greed. Therefore, God is pushed out in favor of injustice upon injustice and more injustice. And the wars! The cement that holds kingdoms together is a mixture of the blood of so many sons. Enough! My point is that the flesh of man cannot change, and neither can the nature of a government. Zipping a pig up in a horse suit makes him no less of a pig. The fact is that Jesus is coming, so what do we expect governments to look like before He comes? Does the Bible teach that all nations will forsake Him, except the United States will stand fast with Him? No! The flesh is flesh and hostile to God; all governments are an outgrowth of flesh. What, then, are we to do? We are aliens and sojourners; the affairs of government are not our affairs. In the meantime, we pray for those in authority, for with the position they sought will come judgment.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
Is it not crazy that never before has it been so evident that those already elected to a position (either “side”) could really care less who gets elected President. All that matters to them is that they get reelected to their position.
America, one nation UNDER God…really? Paul said check folks out according to vs.14-17, 20.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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