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          Hello again and greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are glad that you stopped by today. This week I want to look at a topic in the Word that all of us have to deal with-authority. We can grow up to be adults and think we are living as God wants us to but in reality be very off course. Why do I say this? It’s because Christians seem to fall into trouble from not complying with authority. Dealing with leadership goes against our flesh. We want to be in charge and have the say in matters that deal with our lives. Many people balk at taking orders. But, as we will see it is the will of God to be obedient to the layers of authority in our lives.

          All of us have to answer to someone. There have been many young people who just wanted to grow up and move out of the house so they could be in charge of their lives. After moving out they were very surprised to discover that even on their own they had to answer to someone. Before I go to the scripture let me point out that God’s ways are perfect and ours are not. The sooner you grasp that concept the quicker you can get peace in your life. The Bible is not an outdated book that no longer applies to life. God knew that society would change and His Word would be read in different cultures of the world. He gave us His Word as a timeless living Book that transcends culture or society.

          Why am I stating the obvious today? It’s because many people have certain clauses in the Bible that they believe to be cultural. Just take the order of the home, for example. The world protests against the pattern that God established. That does not surprise me. What does surprise me is when Christians don’t believe certain sections are “for today”. The Word of God is the first authority I want to view.

          God’s Word has been kept for four-thousand years intact. It is a supernatural book that was combined through time by many men and yet is in complete agreement with itself. It is a living book that still gives life to the recipient that is open to it. When we first came to God, you and I read and believed this book and call ourselves Christians. God said that His word was for reproof and correction. In 2nd Timothy 3:16 Paul penned that all scripture is given for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. The Holy Spirit was given to help us understand it (John 14:6). Have you ever noticed that at times there is something in the Bible that seems to hit the target of your heart? It might make you joyful if you are looking for an answer by giving you direction. Or, it might make you convicted if it goes against the way you are living or thinking. It will give you peace in the storm and directions when you are lost.

          The very first time you ever thought about giving your life to God it was because of this Book. It taught you about God and His goodness. Why, then, would you pick and chose which passages you live by? No-the entire Book of God’s Word is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. We become a mess when we chose to partially obey the Bible. A fence straddling Christian is one of the most miserable people in the world. He cannot decide which set of rules he wants to follow. By the way, there is a scripture for that, too (James 1:8).

          Let me proceed to the next topic of authority that I want us to think about. The family unit was ordained by God before He established the Church. It is a sacred unit that has an order to it. There is a lot of debate as to what constitutes a family. Can two men or two women call themselves a family? Is same sex marriage acceptable to God? Certainly not. God’s created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. He said that a man would leave his father and mother and make a home (Genesis2:24). Jesus reiterated this in Matthew 19:3-6. The family is under attack today. People are calling other things a family and wondering why they have no peace. Marriage doesn’t work unless the man and wife seek God to guide them. That brings me to the layers of authority inside the family unit that I want us to consider.

          Turn with me to Ephesians chapter five. Paul gave us the order of the home beginning in verse twenty-two. He said that wives should submit to their husbands. I could read that verse in certain circles and immediately get someone who would jump up and try to run me off. Just quoting scripture can be quite offensive to some. Let me remind you this; God said it, not me. I’m just repeating His standards. God’s perfect order in the home begins with wives submitting to their husbands. Different women find this difficult on different levels. If a woman has been abused she may find it hard to trust a man. For a woman who has seen a properly ordered home it’s much easier. Paul continues to say that the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is head of the church.

          I will come back to that in just a moment. Let’s look at the man’s role. In verse twenty-five we find that husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Men sometimes look at that and only see that they have to love their wives. All of us could come up with our own interpretation of what loving someone is. That’s why Jesus came from Heaven and lived thirty-three years walking on this planet. He displayed the kind of love that a husband is supposed to have for his wife. What kind of love was that? It was one of total sacrifice and servitude to the Church, doing nothing that He desired but only what His Father wanted. It sounds a little harder when you look at it that way, doesn’t it? Jesus’ entire life was about his Bride, the Church. He didn’t compartmentalize His life so that some of the time He did things for us and others for Himself. He was totally devoted to us (the church).

          Now, I told you that I’d come back to the wife’s role. As Christians we learn through time of God’s love for us and we give our hearts to him. We discover that God never asks us to do anything that isn’t for our good. He sometimes asks us to do things we that are hard. But when we obey and follow through we always learn that His ways are best. Wives, you are to obey your husband knowing that he has your best interest in mind. MEN-if you are not doing your part she cannot do her part. If you aren’t the man who lays down his life to take care of his wife and children you needn’t expect it to be easy (or even possible) for her to do her part in submission.

          Are you beginning to see that it takes both husband and wife to make a marriage work? Both parties have to answer to the higher authority. Wives, you answer to your husbands. Husbands, you answer to God.

          As I was looking at authority I don’t want to overlook the role of children. In Ephesians chapter six Paul continues telling children to obey their parents. Just as a woman will find it difficult to submit to her husband if he isn’t submitting to God, children will find it difficult to obey their parents if the parents aren’t submitting to God. Parents, don’t drop your children off at church-take them. You must be the example of Godly living that they see. Children, obey your parents. God gave them to you to protect and provide for you.

          Note in verse four that fathers are not to provoke their children to wrath. The Greek word for provoke and wrath is the same word. To put it another way, fathers should not exhibit wrath and in doing so cause their children to exhibit wrath. Fathers who are abusive to their children (physically or verbally) will cause them to be abusive when they become adults. Children are given to us to raise loving God so that one day they can raise children who also love God. You see, the family is under attack because it is the model of Christ and the Church. When a family is in God’s order, each under the authority of the one who is given to protect and provide for them, it displays to the world a perfect picture of Christ and the Church.

          Now, I’ve covered the authority of God’s Word and the levels of authority in the family. There are other types of authority that we Christians are mandated to follow. God gave us leaders that we should follow. Continuing in Ephesians six Paul says that servants should obey their masters. We don’t have slaves and masters in most societies today like it once was. But if we work a job we do have supervisors. God demands that we respect and obey them (see, I told you that the Bible transcends time).

In Romans chapter thirteen verse one Paul says that everyone should be subject to the higher powers. If you read down through verse seven you will see that we should obey the laws of the land we live in. This goes against the doctrine taught by some Christians who say that as citizens of heaven we are not citizens of any country. I note that Paul, as a Roman citizen, used his citizenship in Acts sixteen to get due legal recourse after being beaten without a trial. Also, when Peter asked Jesus if they were to pay taxes like other people He told him to give to Caesar what was Caesar’s (Mark 12:17) We are called to be law abiding citizens, demonstrating that we are people of peace and not anarchy. Let me give one clarification of how far this goes.

If a woman’s husband asks her to do something illegal or immoral she is not bound to follow. In fact, it would be against God’s law to do so. When Peter was brought in before the council because he continued to preach Jesus, he stated that they ought to obey God rather than man (Acts5:29).  God’s laws are over and above man’s laws. If a civil law goes against God’s laws we must always follow God’s laws. But again, under the authority of leaders in whatever country we live in we are bound to follow the laws of the land and be good citizens.

One final word on civil obedience-we are to pray for our leaders. In 1st Timothy 2:1-2 Paul says to pray for our leaders and those in authority. We could start with children and tell them to pray for their parents. Wives should pray for their husbands. Husbands should pray for their supervisors. All Christian citizens should pray for leaders in government. Everyone answers to someone. And all of us answer to God.

Well, I have skimmed over the subject but time permitting I will get broader on the video we will post on our Facebook site. Let me ask you today, have you truly been in God’s will pertaining to those in authority over you? If not, you can never know the life of peace that living in harmony gives. We must all recognize the place God has put us. There is no “one best place” to be. We all answer to someone.

Prayer-Father, I humbly ask that the Sprit of God give illumination today to Your Word and what it says about Your Will. May each of us live in harmony within the world we have. May families be restored to Your order today. May nations be brought back to the place where You are exalted.

                             In Jesus’ Name-Amen


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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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