God has been teaching me the truth about submitting to the authorities over me, and as stubborn as I am, I have had to walk out this truth several times. I am truly grateful for the graciousness of God and the fact that He is so merciful. God operates on principles and truth; His word is His word no matter how many translations of His word are available to us. His word remains true. His words declare, in John 14:16 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. In the NLT translation it states “Jesus told him, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” In the NAS translation it states “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth and the life; no on comes to the Father but through Me. No matter which translation one is partial to. The word of God will always rain true. One of the first things God got me to look at when He open the door to dealing with this issue; was my faulty way of thinking that I was independent. God told me in no uncertain terms, I never told you to be independent, you are to be totally dependent on me. In Mathew 22:21 the word states “Jesus said render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. In Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Let me be very clear here if the authorities over you are causing physical or emotional harm, or even causing you to sin that is not of God. Gods word also declares in Proverbs 2:10 “For wisdom will enter your heart. And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul, in other words use Godly wisdom and understand that there is a time for everything under the sun. Getting back on track, this week I was admonished for my behavior by the Holy Spirit, here is the gist of it, I went to a place where I no longer had authority, I saw something that I thought I could help with and I wasted no time stepping in to help. Seemingly innocent as it may appear, until you stop to understand that this place had new authorities in place, and I did not seek their permission to jump in. Now my heart was in the right place but, my actions were out of order. I was convicted as I left with a big smile on my face the Holy Spirit step in right away. I had to apologize for my behavior and not respecting the authority in place. You see God expects me to govern myself as a child of God and walk according to his word. My actions were in opposition to the word of God. God knows and understand each of our needs, our wants and desires, He also understands His purpose for our lives. When doing what we feel is right the truth is God should always be the one that we consult. I knew the right thing to do yet I chose my way, I did not use wisdom in this scenario. if I had chosen to walked according to Romans 13:1, the outcome would have been different. Instead I took a path like Saul in 1 Samuel 13:1-2 the scripture states the following, “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembled at Mirkmash. I thought, Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor, So, I felt compelled to offer the burn offering.” My heart, my intentions were correct my execution was not. God is careful to teach us these lessons because we are His hands and feet, in the mission fields of life. Our lives are walking chalkboards for the one true living God to use. Even good intentions without God can chase people away from Him.
What is on your life’s chalkboard? Does it properly teach others about truth of God in your life?