February 21, 2011

Source of Presidential Power

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 21, 2011

“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Luke 19:10-11a

A God blessed nation is built around leaders who understand their roles as wise stewards of God’s resources. Our country rose in global influence because of this, and will decline without it. Leadership cannot dismiss its responsibility to lead by the rules of God’s laws, and knowing they are all accountable to Almighty God. The Lord gives leaders power to fulfill His agenda.

Leadership is a stewardship given by God. This is true on a micro level in the home, and on the macro level in government. A Councilman, Mayor, State Legislator, Governor, Congressman, Supreme Court Justice, and President all eventually answer to Almighty God. It is the fear of the Lord, and respect for His commands that lead leaders to become great. Humility, honesty, and submission to holy God allows governments to govern well.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

However it is a two-way street, as accountability to the Almighty also means His people pray for and elect leaders of integrity, who see their leadership as a stewardship to God. Accountability means irresponsible actions have consequences that either facilitate improvement, or a transition out. Therefore, pray for leaders who themselves pray, and who lead by principles and conviction, not convenience or expedience.

Elect leaders, who will steward well today, and plan for and build a better tomorrow. It is a foundation of faith that furthers the influence of homes, governments and nations. The Bible says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

How can I better serve my country with prayer, participation and understanding the issues that affect my community and country?

Related Readings: Exodus 3:19-20; Psalm 21:1-7; Acts 13:21-22; 1 Peter 2:13-17

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  1. Alan Watson says:

    What is wrong with the saying,” God helps those who help themselves”?

  2. Boyd Bailey says:

    Alan here are some thoughts:

    The mature follower of Christ learns to unlearn beliefs that are untrue. For example, the Bible does not teach: “God helps those who help themselves.” Yet, because we hear it repeated multiple times without rebuttal, it begins to blend into our belief system. Truthfully, God helps those who die to themselves, and who come alive by faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, the Lord wants us to work hard, but not as a substitute for our utter dependence on Him.

    “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

    Here is a link for the full devotional thought on this topic:


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