Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Staying Under Authority

My Morning Devotions

Trusting God:

The early church was told to trust God and honor the Emperor (Matt. 17:25-27, Mark 12:14-17 Rom. 13 : 1-7).   God's grace empowers us to honor the unhonorable because of their positions, not their personality or worthiness.  If we take authority lightly, our prayers will be hindered.  Prayer will unlock a heart that is walled up.  We reach for God on the other side of a closed heart and draw from Him until He changes the heart. We get out of His way and rest in His ability to deal redemptively with our authorities.

Only weakness will break strongholds.

He asks us to lead from weakness not strength. The best we can do will never be enough. God loves us too much to let us succeed in our own strength. His name is I AM my name is I am not. Without Him, I can do nothing.


God is doing a new thing, He has a new direction for us and a deeper level for us with Him, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see Him in His word and respond to Him.

Seducing voices will suggest we take the easy road or take matters into or own hands by our own power, or to follow the dramatic or sensational.

We must give no ground to comfort, deception or denial of reality.  We must listen for God's voice alone.


God, as we place ourselves under your authority and the authority of our leaders, bosses, husbands, pastors...etc. give us ears to hear your voice and not the voice of the enemy that only brings confusion and discontentment to our hearts and minds.  Give us eyes to see your hand working in our lives and in the lives of those who are in authority over us.


When we operate in our own flesh and despise the authority of God, we are presumptuous and willful.  When we go out in presumption we are easy prey for our enemies who are lying in wait for us.  Truth is one of the pieces of the Christians armor.  The only strength that God can validate with His presence is knowing our great need of Him.  As we know the truth, we see that what we considered strengths are dangerous weaknesses, because we are deceived about their true nature and our true condition.  Truth is a person who says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".   (Matt 11:28-30)

Christ my Leader, Christ my Peace, Christ has brought my souls release; Christ my Righteousness Divine, Christ for me for He is mine.


what I did over the weekend


Sue said...

I liked God is" I AM", and me as I am not, I was so blessed by your devotion today Susan. In this world today it is so easy to get our eyes off of Him, and on ourselves, or others. My prayer is to always stay under His supreme power and authority, for His will is perfect.
I will be feasting on this devotion all day as I go about my work. Thank you for being obedient to our Lord and sharing, I am truly blessed.

Sue said...

Susan, I just had to come by to comment on your sweet words.and to say I do indeed wonder what kind of impact that I have had on our grandchildren!,.

Most of them are older now and are going on with their lives. If I could have impacted them one tenth as much as my grandmother did for me, then I would be so happy! The memories I have stored away of time with her and my uncle, have carried me through the good and bad times of my life. I will forever be thankful to God for placing them in my life. I plan on thanking Him and them one day.!!!

I want to tell you that I have no doubt of the impact that you are having on your grandchildren. God knew the future and He knew who He could trust with your two granddaughters. I have so much admiration for you that you answered this call!!
May our Heavenly Father continue to give you strength for this journey, may you always know of His abiding presence.
Much love,

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