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The Vote That Matters Most
11/8/2016

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. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 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. 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. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. Rom. 13:1-5 (NKJV)

In America, we vote for a president today — each of us is hoping that the one elected will lead us — that things would be done honest, decent, and proper.  I think most of us long to have a sense of hope and peace in our nation, but what do we need to see, hear, or obtain to have this peace. 

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Is. 26:3 (NKJV)

We may very well elect the person we feel will lead us best, but the truth is that God is our only true hope.  As citizens of the United States of America, and according to our constitution, we have the right and a responsibility to vote for the person we believe should occupy the presidency, but we must conclude that God will ordain, and will ultimately use whomever He chooses (Rom. 13:1-8).  They will either be a vessel of honor for His use — used to bring about a blessing, or they will be a vessel of dishonor — used to bring about a judgment, or even prepare us for a greater judgment.  Either way, God's sovereign plan will be at work.  

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Prov. 16:9

So how do we deal with the temptation to doubt the safety of our future, or to be anxious and fearful of what may happen if the wrong person becomes our next president?  We must be diligent to keep our eyes upon Jesus - to fix our mind upon Him - to trust Him, and to continue to seek Him for wisdom and guidance for doing our part.  We must continue to cast our vote daily for each choice that we will make — choosing to be both salt and light, so that those who are lost in the darkness of the enemy will be drawn unto the light and safety of our LORD.

There is no doubt that the next President can make a measurable difference, but we, as followers of Jesus Christ, can make a greater difference if we allow God to use us continuously — if we choose to abide in Him and His Word. It’s God’s people who need to cast their vote by humbling ourselves; by crying out to Him in prayer; by seeking His face, and by turning from our own sin. We get that choice — that's the vote that will really count, and that will bring about change.

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Chr. 7:14 (NKJV)

God has blessed America greatly - may He continue to do so. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Romans 13:1-2, what can we learn about authority, including those in political office?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to ultimately place your trust in God for your future?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: After casting your ballot, make it your absolute commitment to pray daily for those in office — asking God to guide and lead them in every decision. 

PRAYER:  I want to encourage you to make this your prayer today. God help me this day and for my future.  Open the eyes of our nation and future leaders, so they will see things in the way You see them — help them to hate the things You hate, and to love the things You love.  Give our leaders great wisdom, discernment, and every good gift to lead us in Your ways.  Help each of us who claim to know You to live and lead our lives in a way that would bring You great honor, glory, and that would ultimately draw others unto Jesus.  We ask these things in His precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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