Reigning In Life
Proverbs 14:34: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 29:2: When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Psalms 144:15b: . . . happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
I get upset and angry about the wickedness all around me, especially in the government, the media and educational institutions. We ought to vote and do all we can to reprove the individuals responsible for wickedness. Much as we Christians would like to correct all sinners, the one and only life we can truly rule and reign over is our own.
Romans 5:17: For if by one man*s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
The only one I can keep in God*s will is myself and I need Jesus* help to do that. I am one hundred percent responsible to God only for my own relationship with Him. If Christians needed Godly government, Godly media and educational institutions God would provide them. All we can directly control is what kind of Christians we are as individuals. What we really need is to be better Christians and that is always possible. God saves people and makes them more faithful Christians under all sorts of governments, media and educational systems, whether those institutions are evil or righteous. Believers in God all over the world are a sub-culture. Exceptions to that have been rare. America was under God for a couple of centuries but seems now to be foolishly fighting to get out from under Him. When we become better Christians, our little corner of our nation becomes what God wants it to be.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Ecclesiastes 10:7: I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
Upstarts frequently usurp the highest places, while the truly great pine in obscurity. This is a riddle in providence whose solution will one day gladden the hearts of the upright; but it is so common a fact, that none of us should murmur if it should fall to our own lot. When our Lord was upon earth, although He is the Prince of the kings of the earth, yet He walked the footpath of weariness and service as the Servant of servants: what wonder is it if His followers, who are princes of the blood, should also be looked down upon as inferior and contemptible persons? The world is upside down, and therefore, the first are last and the last first. See how the servile sons of Satan lord it in the earth! What a high horse they ride! How they lift up their horn on high! Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits in the gate; David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave while Jezebel is boasting in the palace; yet who would wish to take the places of the proud rebels? and who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints? When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink. Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time.
Let us not fall into the error of letting our passions and carnal appetites ride in triumph, while our nobler powers walk in the dust. Grace must reign as a prince, and make the members of the body instruments of righteousness. The Holy Spirit loves order, and He therefore sets our powers and faculties in due rank and place, giving the highest room to those spiritual faculties which link us with the great King; let us not disturb the divine arrangement, but ask for grace that we may keep under our body and bring it into subjection. We were not new created to allow our passions to rule over us, but that we, as kings, may reign in Christ Jesus over the triple kingdom of spirit, soul, and body, to the glory of God the Father.