Fear God and Honor the Government (1 Peter 2:1317)
Peter Chapter two versus thirteen through seventeen. Be Subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. Whether, it be to the emperor as Supreme. Or two governors is sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God. The by doing good, you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people live as people who are free not using your freedom as a cover up for evil but living as servants of God. Honor everyone loves the Brotherhood. Fear. God Honour the emperor. There so much in these verses. As we think about what God is teaching us about our lives about government about how to live our lives in view of government around us. Even, government that is making it hard to follow Jesus, which was the case in first. Peter when this letter was being written. And yet we see God commanding. Followers of Jesus to be subject to human institutions. To. Be Submissive. Citizens of a government for the Lord's sake. This glorifies God. To submit to government around us. Obviously not as alternate. But as a good institution designed by God. While our supreme submission is still to. God. In the words of the Church in the book of Acts We obey God rather than men when faced with. An order from government that would involve disobeying God then yes we alternately choose God and obedience to God even when that could cost us lives I think about. Brothers and sisters around the world right now who live in countries where it's illegal for them to follow Jesus. Leo for them to proclaim Jesus. And they do so anyway. At the risk of their lives so so much. Pray, hairless let's just dive in. God we praise you. For Government. For institutions sent by you. Leaders sent by you to use your words from first Peter Chapter Two verse fourteen to punish those who do Yvonne praise those who do good. God We pray for our government in the United States and for followers of Jesus who are praying in different countries for their government Scotteri pray for governments. That punish those who do evil and praise those who do good. We pray for that simple significant. Description of your designed for government to be true around US repay that in the middle of the government where we live the countries where we live, you would help us to do good. To do good deeds as we read earlier in First Peter. Chapter. Two. To live as servants of yours and servants of others. To share the Gospel with others to love our neighbors as ourselves to honor everyone audrey pray. Especially during these days where we're so tempted. The ways of the world around us to dishonor. People. Our words. Their actions even if Just in our minds were no one else can see got to help us to honor everyone. To love the brother to love your church specifically God. We pray to help us to love one another well tearing these days that would be known by our love for each other. You help us to fear you. Above, all overall God help us to live with fear view. We prayed to honor the emperor. To use your words from verse Seventeen Oh God to honor the leaders over us God help us to honor. President trump. Vice President Pence. Speaker Pelosi. And other leaders. In our federal government state governments and local governments got help us to honor them in ways that glorify you. Again, with our words, their actions and even in our own minds. We pray that you would help us to be subject. And the ways you call us to for your sake to be subject to government around us. And at the same time God. To be submissive to you. To elect to you as Lord over all as leader overall is king overall as the one true most High God our lives are yours help us to obey you no matter what it costs and God that feels so easy to pray in the country where I live God, I pray. We pray together for brothers and sisters around the world who live in. Totalitarian regimes who live in. Governments where it is a legal. For people to follow you to proclaim you to be disciples and make disciples of the nations God, we pray that you would strengthen them and help them help them to. Be. Subject. For Your Sake to the government around them, but ultimately submissive to you and to glorify you. In the country where you have called them to glorify God, help us help us repay to obey I peter two thirteen through seventeen in every way in Jesus name. Amen.