Hi all, these are some notes I took from watching the video Lou Engle’s preaching during the One Thing Conference at IHOP. Unfortunately, I can’t find the link anymore. I’m trying to look it up though at the ihop.org site Resources section.
According to Romans 13, God has appointed all government. Governments are instituted by God. God gave Adam the call to rule and reign and if he abdicates his call someone else will come in that place of rulership
Satan’s central purpose is to pull God from the minds of men…
~The gov’t that God gave us is a gov’t of the people, for the people and by the people.
~So who is the government? Who are the kings … who are the rulers…?
~The citizens are the governmental leaders and they rule by a governmental decree called? VOTING.
~Therefore voting is not a light political choice that one makes because he or she has a warm feeling about someone’s charisma or their promise to change their economy. Voting is an act of conscience, a prophetic witness to a higher King and a higher law, and an act of rulership before the Lord. Our main objective… is not to get someone elected! It is to be a faithful witness to Christ and his kingdom. Elected officials are elected conscience of the nation…
11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Submission to the Authorities
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Love, for the Day is Near
8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.