He’s Not Thwarted By Our Politics
He merely changes his tactic.
Stop, and consider this for a moment.
Where are you on the photo above?
When you consider politics, are you:
Where are you?
Maybe a better question is, “Why Are You?”
You see, this is my concern in the church. I expect the world to act like the world, and so should you. But the church is what concerns me?
What Is Going On In The Church
It’s diabolitical (Sorry, Freudian slip) It’s diabolical.
But, do you see it?
Regardless of the side of the aisle we prefer, we are all plagued with THE SAME DECEPTION
, namely, the priority our political goals play in our life.
NOTE: We think that if we get more people who think like us in positions of power then we will live peaceful and quiet lives (1 Timothy 2:2m).
Have you ever considered that the promise of that verse is NOT THAT GOD
gives us peace and tranquility by giving us the right leaders, but He gives you the peace and tranquility BECAUSE YOU’VE PRAYED
, regardless of whether or not your circumstances change!
But, that’s a message for later.
Getting Back To Our Deception
The deception in our politics is our focus.
I have a few friends that work in various positions in Washington D.C. One of them recently shared with me, “The only thing that will fix Washington D.C., is Jesus.”
Before you say, “Yah, yah, Mark, of course.” I want you to consider what winds you up more:
- The political news you see on T.V., or
- Your heart hurting for the unsaved in D.C.?
Depending on your answer, you might want to stop for just a moment and ask the Lord for forgiveness. Or, you may not want to, but you should.
You see, that’s the problem isn’t it?
We’re more wrapped up in what we want, than what God wants.
The Fallout From This Deception
Getting what we want does not thwart sataN.
Do you really believe that sataN packs his bags and runs away when more and more of your political party enters the city limits of Washington D.C.?
NOTE: I’m not speaking out of the other side of my mouth when I say that, if you are in politics, you are to work as if you are working unto the Lord and not man. Meaning, do what you do with excellence.
The evil one will not cease until Jesus throws him into the pit.
So what does sataN do now, if he doesn’t pack his bags and leave, when your guy/gal wins?
He changes tactics.
And we in the church are missing this. When we “win” at the ballot box, we think we’ve won in the spiritual realm.
Friends, to use a line from a completely different context, when we think this way, “We above all men are to be most pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)
So, be on guard, for the evil one roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
And be aware that he may fool you, when he comes to you as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Whatever else he does, expect him to return to you at an opportune time. (Luke 4:13)
Then What Should We Do
Simple: Follow Scripture.
Instead of telling God what you want, let His Word tell you what He wants.
We like to abide in His Son and in His Word so that we can ask whatever we want and get it, right?
STOP! That’s not what John 15:7 says!
NOTE: It really says, “If you abide in Me (Jesus) and [YOU LET] MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, then you will ask whatever you will and it will be given unto you.”
Do you see the focus? The focus is His Word/s abiding in you. The reason you will get what you pray for is because you will be asking for Christ’s will, Christ’s words, because YOUR words will change to match His words.
Do You Believe The Bible
THEN DON’T READ Romans 13:1.
Why do I say, “Don’t read it?” Because you will be faced with an indisputable fact that the guy leading us in Washington D.C. is who God put there, and who God wants there.
And there’s another indisputable fact that you’ll be stuck with:
THE PASSAGE WAS TRUE THE PREVIOUS 8 YEARS ALSO.
You may ask.
Here’s the “So-what.” Are you blaspheming God, by the way you are praying for the current leadership?
Or, did you blaspheme God by the way you prayed for the previous leadership?
How you answer that, will tell you why you are, whichever face you are
, from above.
But more than that, I hope that you will hit your knees and ask for forgiveness, either for the way you pray
, or the way you prayed
Further, I hope you will pray for all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity, regardless of political results.
Today”sIsrael is not the Israel of GOD. It”s the Israel of The West. Biblical values have been surrendered to accommodate The God of Tolerance, a God your fathers DID NOT KNOW. (Daniel”s words.) Speaking Truth is unacceptable. The historical destruction of Sodom for their sins are never mentioned and Sodomite Parades are blasphemed in the land. The truly religious people suffer under these evils. In spite of all the wonderful things Israel does; for all their brilliance and grand accomplishments, for all their kindness in being first responders when nations suffer catastrophes; the government has become purely secular and has adopted liberal left policies whereby the righteous are persecuted for the sake of those who rebel against ancient paths. Yad Hasmona is one example. The woman who opened a kosher bakery is another. The business who was sued by a LGBT employee because they did not want to accept their dialogue in the work place is another. Sound reason also known as Wisdom is being trampled upon. The Pope has been overtly welcomed in Israel with excitement by the Netanyahu”s. Sarah said she could hardly wait for him to visit. The Writing is on the Wall.
I hear you friend, but I don’t think the issue is, “them, out yonder.” I believe God is patiently waiting for us to acknowledge that WE, THE CHURCH are the problem.
You and I are the problem, not the world.
Why do I say, “not the world?” Because God is sovereign. These things around us are not happening because God cannot do something about it. He is God and He does WHATEVER He wants. No, These things are going on in our world because God is allowing them and sometimes bringing them upon us. But why? I think, because He loves us and is preparing His Church.
The problem is not out yonder, the problem is me.
Mark, I agree with your reply about we, the Church being the problem…
Also, solid post on Satan Not Thwarted. Satan has used politics to divide this country for quite some time. Even worse, he’s used politics to divide the Church for quite some time. It has been discouraging to see, from my view, that a lot of our Church leaders have overlooked this divisive tactic and seemingly participates in it…
Shayne, you’re speaking my burden. As you know, this ministry is dedicated to the church, and as I watch the church it continues to be amazing to me that Sunday is still the most segregated day of the week.
Love you man.