April 15, 2019
For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:6-7 ESV
Once again we are reminded of what the Nation of Israel is to be land-wise according to the Lord. At this time Israel does not have all of its land and it will be an interesting watch to see how this happens. This is also why Israel calls Herself a State and not a Nation.
God has made some things for us to seek out and not just know. This requires focussed time. Speak what I should as it is more fruitful than just talking. I cannot ignore any significant need in anyone even if they have risen up against me. Most things the Lord wants me to do depends on Him and His grace except when it comes to self-control. I am responsible for this one. Of course it is only through Him I can be self-controlled.
Imitate God who is Love therefore I must choose to walk in love and not just with people I care for! The only relationship I should ever have with those who live against God is to be a witness to them. The Word is very clear as to what is pleasing to the Lord so it is these things I must do. Again, I am to imitate Him. Time needs to be used wisely as it passes so very quickly.
1. Excess in the pleasures of the table; gluttony; intemperance. But chiefly, habitual lewdness; excessive unlawful indulgence of lust.
2. Corruption of fidelity; seduction from duty or allegiance.
Getting drunk is debauchery according to the Word. Instead Believers are to be filled with the Spirit and live a life pleasing to Him and blessing others.
The Lord has an order to all things and in this chapter it is regarding submission and love in the marriage as marriage is the example for Messiah and His Church.
Meditate & Apply: Israel will one day have the land the Lord gave Her. Imitate God, imitate God, imitate God. Be continuously filled with the Spirit and be led by Him in ALL things. God’s order is perfect and life is best when I follow His way of doing things (righteousness).
Amen, life is certainly best when we do things His way! Sometimes it seems so obvious, after all he died sinless with total communion with the Father, and isn't that what we all want?
Interesting about why Israel calls itself a "state"--didn't know that.