God’s Call to Us to Choose Life | Seek the Lord and Live

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15 ESV).

“We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of
the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith
in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:15-16
ESV)

Laws can provide guidelines and restrictions to address the issues and problems facing our society, but
they cannot change the heart of the people. Our human heart is deceitful, and our internal moral
compass is broken. In order to choose life, we need someone outside of ourselves to guide us to the way of
life.

Our hope for cultural transformation cannot be in worldly solutions. We cannot put our focus, passion, or
hope into changing laws. It cannot become our “gospel.” Rather, we must focus on the only true and
lasting change; a transformed life through the salvation found in and through Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for our governing
    authorities who pursue good
    laws and societal services and
    pray for inner transformation
    within their heart and those
    whom they serve.
  • As the Church witnesses, pray
    for true transformation to
    come to our communities,
    state, and nation.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit
    would quicken within
    governing authorities to seek
    the Lord and to know the One
    True God and Jesus Christ
    whom God sent.

Governing Authorities Shall Serve as a Shepherd | Seek the Lord and Live

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am
the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a
shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf
snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep” (John
10:10-13 ESV).

Jesus calls the leaders of His institutions (family, church, and government) to be good shepherds who are
motivated by pleasing the Lord and doing what is right for the people they serve. Governing authorities
are the shepherds of government and are called to lead as a good shepherd; willing to do what is best for
the people they represent and the nation.

According to John 10, mankind’s natural tendency is to lead as a thief or a hireling, both of which are
false identities from the evil one. These wrong motives of power and fame and love for the approval of
people will lead to envy, disorder, and dissatisfaction. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, came to lay down His life
for His sheep so that we would have abundant life.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for voters to encourage
    their governing authorities to
    live out their calling as a good
    shepherd
  • Give thanks by name for
    those authorities who model
    governance that does what is
    best for the people regardless
    of what it costs them.
  • Pray that God will raise up
    more shepherds of
    government who will imitate
    Christ.

Those who serve in Government are God’s ministers | Seek the Lord and Live

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed,
and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you
have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is
God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the
servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:1-4 ESV).

All government leaders are called to be a statesman, shepherd, and ultimately a servant of the Most High
King. They are also called ministers of God and will be used for His purposes.

In our culture, the role of public office has been greatly reduced by imposing a negative identity and a
lowering of this position to a mere politician. All too often, governing authorities live up to this identity which
is a lie from the devil and will only lead to destruction. Jesus modeled the behavior every authority should
emulate. He did not come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28).

Prayer Points

  • Pray that governing
    authorities will understand
    they are ministers of God and
    that government is a servant
    for the good of the people
    they represent.
  • Pray that authorities will
    know their position as a
    servant of the Most High God
    and their calling to public
    office is a noble pursuit to
    govern well, without playing
    politics.
  • Give thanks and pray for those
    who know their identity in
    Christ.

Government is an Institution of God’s | Seek the Lord and Live

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed,
and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you
have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is
God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the
servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:1-4 ESV

Human government is an institution of God’s. It is God’s idea as His institution of justice to bring order
to mankind in this fallen world. Sin entered creation causing great harm to relationships with ourselves,
others, creation, and ultimately our relationship with God Himself.

Our merciful God instituted government, a form of justice and law, to protect, guide, and teach the
citizens it serves, and when done rightly it will be a blessing to the people. Righteous law will point us to
the direction that leads to life and will protect us from the direction that leads to death. Law, in itself,
cannot save. It can only point to the Righteous One who can save.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for our governing
    authorities to establish and
    enforce righteous law that will
    make it easier for our nation’s
    citizens to pursue right living
  • Pray that more Christians
    would understand that
    government is appointed by
    God for His purposes.
  • Give thanks that God in His
    mercy and grace instituted
    government that establishes
    some form of order and
    justice in this fallen world.

CONCLUDING THOUGHT | Thoughts on a Time to Choose

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; . . .
He removes king and sets up other kings.” Daniel 2:20-21

Insight

When it comes to human government, God the Father is the
prime authority (the “King of kings”), and the prime mover. As
we seek better human government, as we seek more “justice” –
which is the primary task of human government – we should ask
the Lord to send better rulers, and to send more justice. Proverbs
29:26 says “Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from
the Lord that one gets justice.” And Jesus said in Luke 18:7, “…
will not God give justice to His elect, who cry out to Him day and
night? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.”
One key way He brings us justice is by bringing us just rulers!

So let us look primarily to God for good government. Let us cry
out to God often (“day and night”) for justice. Let us persistently
ask Him to raise up good, godly rulers, and He will!

Prayer

O God, King of kings, You who remove kings and set up other
kings, we cry out to You in this crisis moment to send us righteous
and just rulers. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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PAUL | Thoughts on a Time to Choose

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves,
not looking to your own interests but each
of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Insight

As a father, I learn valuable lessons through my children. One
night, my children were fighting over an unclaimed toy they
found at home. My daughter was more frustrated than my son
because he took the toy away and claimed it was his. When I
asked my son why he did that he said, “I’m older than her, so I
deserve to have it.”

Like children, adults can act out of selfishness and vain conceit.
That is why Paul encouraged the Philippians to value others
above self. Keep in mind, Paul wrote his letter from a Roman jail
cell he was put in for preaching the gospel.

Many, if not all, of the hardships Paul experienced were the
result of him looking for the interest of others. Paul’s leadership
is something we should all consider, especially with another
presidential election around the corner. We have a tremendous
opportunity to caucus/vote for a presidential candidate who will
sacrificially serve all Americans.

Prayer

Father, give me discernment in choosing a presidential
candidate who in humility will value others above self. Raise
up a leader who honors You and who will sacrificially serve our
country. In Jesus’ name, Amen

JOHN THE APOSTLE | Thoughts on a Time to Choose

“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love
is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God
and knows God. The one who does not love does not
know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

Insight

In John’s first letter, he gives us an extraordinary call to live out
the very nature of God – love. He instructs us that love is not a
mere emotion, but a divine gift originating from God Himself. To
love is to align our hearts with the Creator, for God is the source
and embodiment of love.

John’s exhortation challenges us to become vessels of the
divine love we’ve received. In a world that often confuses love
with mere tolerance, John invites us to a higher standard – a
love that reflects our intimate knowledge of God. This love,
born from our relationship with our Creator and the example of
Jesus Christ, has the power to transform our lives and the lives
of those around us

Prayer

Gracious Father, we thank you for the timeless truth conveyed
through John’s words. Incline our hearts towards a love that
mirrors Yours, selfless and unconditional. May the love we share
be a testament to our knowledge of You, the source of all love.
Empower us by Your Spirit to love as You have loved us, even
when it is challenging. May our lives be a living testimony to the
reality that God is love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

JOHN THE BAPTIST | Thoughts on a Time to Choose

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

Insight

John the Baptist is a remarkable New Testament character.
Think about his story. Conceived miraculously, his mother was
too old to bear children. Named by an angel. Met his cousin,
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, before he was even born. He lived
a strange lifestyle with peculiar eating habits. Indeed, a most
unusual human being.

Known as the “baptizer”, he said he was here to prepare
the way for the Messiah. John was getting people cleaned up
and ready to meet the Savior of the world. And then, the most
remarkable privilege anyone could imagine – he baptized the
Messiah Himself, Jesus Christ.

Even then, he did not seek fame or privilege, but insisted that
he was to become less, and the Lord should increase. He was not
even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. He said he baptized only with
water, but that the Lord would baptize with the Holy Spirit.

And finally, after a miraculous life lived to prepare the way for
the coming Messiah – John was in doubt! He asked, “Are you the
one, or should we expect another?” John was saying, “They are
preparing to kill me, cousin. Just checking – are You really the Messiah, because if you are not, I am about to die for nothing.”
Jesus reassured him, “Look at the signs, John. I am who I said I
was, and you can know that your life was not in vain.”

You and I can take much encouragement from John’s life. We serve to
bring others to the Savior. We have moments of doubt, pain, suffering
and failure. But He is who He said He was – “The Lamb of God, who
takes away the sins of the world.”

Prayer

Father, we give thanks for your Son, the Lamb of God, who
takes away the sins of the world. We pray this day for salvation
and deliverance and healing to come to the one who will be
placed into the highest office in our land, the President of the
United States of America. We ask that he/she will live a servant-hearted life allowing Jesus Christ to become greater within
them and that he/she become less. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

NEHEMIAH | Thoughts on a Time to Choose

“But I didn’t demand the food allotted to the governor,
because the burden on the people was so heavy. Remember
me favorably, my God, for all that I have done for this people.” Nehemiah 5:18-19

Insight

A true leader does not look to add to the burdens of people,
but to lift them. Jesus taught us that a leader must have a heart
to serve and a willingness to lay down their life.

Nehemiah, as the governor of the province of Judah, is an
incredible example of self-sacrifice and willingness to put the
people’s needs first. Nehemiah wept when he saw the people
suffering. He prayed and interceded for the people suffering.
He acted, even at the expense to himself, to come to the aid
of the people suffering. It is not enough for leaders to just have
compassion or just to act. A godly leader acts and leads out of
a heart of compassion. As we choose godly leaders, we must
choose those who both have a heart for people and act as an
overflow of their heart to serve the Lord and love people.

Prayer

Lord, give us a heart of compassion for our neighbors and
community. Help us to see the needs of those around us,
whether they are spiritual or physical, and move us out of
compassion to meet those needs. Lord, please raise up a
leader among us who moves out of compassion that can lead
us by example. In Jesus’ name, Amen.