Day 17 – 2017 Fasting (Wednesday)

On January 24th, 2017, posted in: 21 Day Fast 2017, Devotionals by | 1 Comment

Definition:

au·ton·o·mous (ô-tn-ms)adj.

1. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent: an autonomous judiciary; an autonomous division of a corporate conglomerate.
2. Independent in mind or judgment; self-directed.
The word of the Lord says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). However, in a culture where it seems like “self” is king, many have misconstrued this freedom with an abuse of autonomy (defined above). Let’s not forget that the Word of God also says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you”(Romans 13:1-3).
By setting up someone as an authority over us, God is not saying that someone is more important to Him than another. But authority is required in order to maintain order and discipline. Authority is also required to guide people in the right path for their own good.
I can’t help but think of King David in the Old Testament. David had been persecuted by King Saul (primarily due to jealousy). However, when the opportunity presented itself for David to kill Saul, he didn’t. Instead he said, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” Wow.
God has placed people in authority all around us; just as he has placed you in authority over others. From parents to principals, pastors to police men; from the President to those in our city government – to name a few – God has called us to respect and obey authority. He didn’t call is to break His moral laws in the name of authority, but to respect authority.
Let us fast and pray for those in authority; whether we agree we them or not. Let us pray that we can demonstrate respect, civility, and submission to those that God has place in authority over us. Let us fast and pray that God would guide them and lead them to govern and lead with principals and values that would build up and not tear down. Let us pray that they would be open to God’s leading.
Think about anyone and everyone that is in a place of authority and take time to pray and fast for them.
Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).
In submission with you,
Pastor Charles
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One Response to “Day 17 – 2017 Fasting (Wednesday)”

  • Pastor Reina says:

    This is a great devotional given the discontent of many given the outcome of the most recent Presidential Election. As Christians, we must understand if some in authority appear corrupt, or if we disagree with their politics or decisions, we should still demonstrate respect and cooperation toward their authority… as long as their demands don’t cross over the boundaries of God’s laws. We have a responsibility as Christians to “be light” in the demonstration of mutual respect and obedience in the midst of great uncertainty.

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