Government: The Battle for Power & Control

Rulers are to protect, provide leadership and allocate resources for the benefit of those under authority.

The Battle for Power and Control

Righteousness & Justice vs. Tyranny & Perversion

Key VerseFor the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King, He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)

  • Sovereignty and protection
  • Laws of the land – Rewarding good & punishing evil
  • Permission for change

  • Moral standards
  • Corruption and bribery
  • Economic behavior through tax structure
Key to the Kingdom – Sovereignty & Providence

  • Providence – Worship God as ruler and protector
  • Obey God’s Laws
  • Appeal to God for change
Satan’s Attacks

  • Moral standards – Establish evil as good
  • Expand corruption and bribery
  • Intimidate and silence truth
  • Protect predators and thwart justice.
  • Encourage pride and rebellion
Victory in Christ

  • Do not participate in darkness, but rather expose it. (Ephesians 5:11)
  • Train and prepare leaders for government.
  • Teach the fear of God.  God holds us accountable for how we lead.
Obey the government that God has appointed for you.

  • 1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.  (Romans 13:1-7)

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