In the wake of another shooting here in Louisiana where three officers were murdered, I would like to share my thoughts from the scripture as a citizen of Louisiana. As a citizen of color, I have just watched the press release from our officials, and was impressed with one particular speaker who hit the nail on the head concerning the issue we have in this nation. He made it clear the issue is not the ability to carry a gun, but the heart. I have heard people on both sides of the issue from black lives matter and blue lives matter, but what I am not hearing is how we can all live our lives in peace. Which is clearly the agenda of both sides. Yet scripture gives us instructions on how to obtain that.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Ti 2:1-2)
I don’t know why there are people who believe that prayer is either doing nothing or being passive, but prayer is the most important weapon we can use in this hour. Before one of the greatest warriors went to battle and won victoriously he sought YHVH in prayer. This man even in the face of unjust threat of death by the King of Israel, didn’t pursue the death of the King. Not because of his respect for King Saul, but because of his respect for the Giver of the authority the King possessed. He didn’t just talk to God, but waited on God to give him the answer necessary to proceed. This man’s name was David, and he would become King of Israel, and it was said of him that he was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Sam. 13:14) I perceive this is not just because he respected authority, but the reason he respected authority. He respected the authority of the Almighty and that is what God is looking for. Our love for Him. Jesus when questioned by Pilate stated he wouldn’t have no power except it was given to him from above. (John 19:11) Once again recognizing that even in the face of an unjust system that the authority of that system comes from above, and as Messiah makes clear in that same context that no unjust deed on earth goes unpunished or unnoticed from our heavenly Father. Thus, He tells us vengeance is His, and He will repay. (Rom 12:19)
No injustice on earth goes unchecked by the Almighty!
Realizing the severity of the punishment when He begin to repay should produce in us the same Spirit that was in Christ on the cross or Stephen who was being stoned. In one word “prayer”. It takes more strength to pray for someone who is doing you wrong or who you perceive is doing you wrong then to retaliate. To hate them that hate you is as easy as it is to love those who love you.
This scripture in 1 Timothy is setting in place that order is important. Notice who these “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks” are to be made for first, “all men” and then specifically, “kings, all that are in authority”.
Is it possible that we are seeing the intensity we are seeing because we stop praying for those who are in authority? Because we are exhorted to give our supplications (requests), prayer, intercession, and thanks for “all in authority” so that “we” might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. That word all doesn’t stop at just praying for the President, or for your own personal pick in congress, but requires we pray for those who we voted for and those who we didn’t vote for. This includes our military and our police. If we don’t do this, what you think the outcome will be? Turn on your news, we are seeing the product of neglecting to follow this exhortation.
Finally, there came a time where David did take out the authority of the world, we see this in him taking out Goliath, but under the authority only of YHVH could he be victorious. We don’t get to pick and choose who is taken out, this is only within the hand of the Almighty and based on His timing. King Saul was told to wipe out all of the people of the Amalekites, this included the King of that land. However, this was only based on the Lord’s clear instructions. Which is why it is so vitally important that we have the Spirit of YHVH operating within us. How do we know what we are seeing before our eyes is not of YHVH? God didn’t send his people on suicide missions. When the children of Israel obeyed YHVH they didn’t lose their battle. Their victory was clear, and their loss of minimal if at all. The only time the children of Israel lost a battle is when they went without the permission of YHVH. Without the Spirit of YHVH we will find ourselves outside of the will of God, and in opposition to Him. This is a dangerous place to be, yet where unfortunately many of our people are finding ourselves.
Let’s direct our anger against injustice, cry out for righteous rulers. Pray that the heart of the king will submit to the Almighty so that they will rule the land in justice, mercy, and right rulings. Pray for husbands and Fathers, local, state, regional, and national leaders, ministers, and our young men who will one day fill these positions of leadership. Our greatest strength will be in our submission to the will and word of the Almighty. Outside of this we are in danger, and we cannot fulfill His will without knowing what it is and who He is.
There are some principles in scripture that we as a nation better began to understand. While we may pattern our military wisdom from studying the playbook of Alexander the Great. The serpent was who our Messiah told us to turn to for wisdom as believers. In this hour believers who don’t understand what Yahushah (Jesus) meant by this will be completely shaken by the world and the battle to come. Isn’t it interesting God didn’t say be ye as wise as Solomon, though he was given wisdom unlike any other man. Think about it, we are in the situation as humans that we are in because a serpent was able to deceive Eve. We need to tap into the wisdom of a serpent from a heavenly perspective, so that we would be able to defeat the enemy of our lives with the wisdom that God has made available in the earth. I will be sharing what I received from my study in my e-book. This e-book will show you:
- How the characteristics of a serpent can translate into wisdom for a believer and how we should walk in that wisdom.
- How to extract Spiritual principles from understanding the natural character traits of how God created the serpent.
- Often times we don’t get what we need in our walk with Christ because we don’t ask the right questions. The right questions in how we study can make a tremendous difference in its benefit for us. It is insightful in that it will ask questions at the end of each chapter so that you can reflect on them and gauge if you are using this wisdom in your life.
The e-book is currently in pre-production, but you can fill out the form below to let me know that you are interested in reserving a copy. The cost will be $5.00. I am making e-books to save on the cost of printing. If you would prefer a hard copy please let me know as you submit me your contact information, if enough people are interested in a hard copy I will provide print on demand, but the cost will be more.