Politics and Serving

politics, serving

Psalm 119:91e, “. . . all things serve You.”

What an incredible statement, ALL things serve Him, ALL!

The NASB and the HCSB, both say, “. . . all things are Your servants.”

Now the context is the physical creation, but the application is EVERYTHING!.

Remember Romans 8:28, it says there that He uses ALL THINGS for the better, ALL THINGS! Amazing.

So if God says that “all things serve” Him, what does “all things” include? How about sickness? How about bad financial issues? I wonder if “all things” includes . . . Wait, all things means just that doesn’t it? All means all!

Now please note, does the Romans 8:28 say that all things GET BETTER? No, it says that all things “work out for the better.”

But let’s not get off topic, “all things serve” God.

The day I write this is in the middle of two “Great political parties’ conventions.” Literally, one has just ended and the other will begin. Whichever party you prefer, please remember what the Word says, by application, These “important” men and women serve Him, whether they realize it or not. 

God is the one who is served by all things (Psalm 119:91). He is the One who is sovereign (Psalm 103:19). He reigns (Psalm 9:7). He is where we put our trust (Jeremiah 17:7), praise the Lord.

What is His will for the November elections? I don’t know, but I’m excited to see what He has up His sleeve! (cf Romans 13:1-2)

Blessings,

Mark S Mirza

Author/Speaker

Ministry: Common Thread Ministries

Book: The Pray-ers

Email: Mark@CTMPrayer.org

Politics, Motives and Prayers

Politics, Motives and Prayers

POLITICS

During a weekly conference call where we pray for a particular Washington D.C. legislator, my prayer partner and I prayed about the Republican Convention and the November elections. While he prayed 1 Timothy 2:2 it occurred to me that the verse’s reference to “tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity” is expected of Christians, REGARDLESS of who is in office.

MOTIVES

While I would like my country’s leaders to create circumstances where life is convenient for me as a Christian, I have to be honest about my motivation for praying for these leaders. And when I check my motivation for praying I find myself having to say, “Yes, my motivation is selfish (cf James 4:3)! I don’t want to face the turmoil that 1 Peter 4:12 implies, namely that I should expect fiery ordeals.”  And then I am reminded where Jesus, in Matthew 10:16ff says, basically, “They persecuted me. They WILL persecute you.”

PRAYERS

So how do I make sense of these realities and then let them impact my prayers so that my prayers are true to God’s Word?

  1. I submit myself to the Lord, dying to my desires, daily (Luke 9:23). This means that I am willing to wake up every morning and sign a document that says, “God’s Will For My Life” BEFORE its details of the day are filled in.
  2. I thank the Lord, for every circumstance, difficulty, etc. We know that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful IN everything but do we own the reality that we are to thankful FOR everything? (See Ephesians 5:20). You may think that there is NOTHING you can give thanks for, relative to certain issues, but test the Lord. Let Him lay on your heart what you can give thanks for. It will completely change your perspective of your difficulty.
  3. Finally, pray God’s Word, “Lord, You have ALREADY given me everything I need to live a life of godliness, (1 Peter 1:3) regardless of who is in official leadership roles. When they threaten my peace, I simply ask You to consider their threats and give me the opportunity to be bold for You (Acts 4:29).

 

Blessings,

 

Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker
Common Thread Ministries
CTM Publishing, Atlanta
The Pray-ers
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org

Day After + 9 (Change)

Prayer and the Elections (Romans 13:1)

change

So you are a week and a couple of days out, and you already want change…
Or, when you were voting, you were voting for change to continue, with the current administration…

Whatever the case, what would you say if I told you that BOTH of you are “partially” right, in this regard, God wants to see change too? Now hold on for a minute, because you need to remember that the idea behind the verse above (Romans 13:1), tells us that God is the one who installs leaders. So when I say God wants to see change too, am I talking about change in leadership?

Let’s look at the change that God is wanting to see. Isaiah 22 is a chapter that I have not been able to get away from, since I first re-read it in February of this year. In verses 9, 10 and 11a we read, (by application, not as a commentary) that these people saw the political things that needed to be done and did them…probably with excellence. But look at verse 11b and read whom they did NOT regard. Now skip verse 12 for a moment and look at verse 13. God is saying here, basically, “Instead, y’all through a celebration!” And let’s face it, whether your political party won, or would have won, you either did, or were planning on, celebrating, right?

Now go back to verse 12. What is God saying here except, “I wanted you broken!” What is the change that God is wanting to see? ANSWER? The change of our heart UNTO brokenness…and unfortunately, all we can think of is “change” in the context of politics. Friends, and this is not party specific, God is not interested in fixing Washington D.C. until He fixes you and I!

Before we go on, begin now to ask God what changes He wants to see in your life. Ask Him if you have been living WITHOUT regard to Him. Ask Him if your political focus has become an idol above God. And if so, repent…don’t just ask for forgiveness.

My prayer for you is that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened, opened and that you would see that you have strayed from His calling on your life (Ephesians 1:18a). And as you draw near to God, and He draws near to you, you will be moved to acknowledge that your hands (that which people heard and saw from you) and heart (where our double-mindedness resides) needs to be cleansed (James 4:8).

Lord, I am further reminded of the great riches we have, from Your Son’s inheritance, among the saints, meaning, in part, here on earth (Ephesians 1:18b) that far exceeds ANY blessings that may come from any leader who sits in Washington D. C. Lord, show us clearly where we have sinned by making politics an idol above You..

Mark S Mirza
Common Thread Ministries

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