Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Law and the Lord

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They all went to the king and said:

“Your Majesty, we hope you live forever!  All of your officials, leaders, advisors, and governors agree that you should make a law forbidding anyone to pray to any god or human except you for the next 30 days. Everyone who disobeys this law must be thrown into a pit of lions.  Order this to be written and then sign it, so it cannot be changed, just as no written law of the Medes and Persians can be changed.”

So King Darius made the law and had it written down.

Daniel heard about the law, but when he returned home, he went upstairs and prayed in front of the window that faced Jerusalem. In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God.

Daniel 6:6-10

When the Law and The Lord contradict each other which one do you choose? Do you follow Jesus as long as it is pleasing to the Law of your land as well?

Are you trying to balance faithfulness to God and being an obedient citizen?
Have you told yourself that you can always ask forgiveness for disobeying God? The State doesn't respond to a request for forgiveness! So you may have decided to obey the Law of your land and ask God to forgive you for not obeying Him.

Where does that philosophy lead? It leads to continual disobedience of the commands of God and a life that is not seeing the power of God flow through you. Ultimately you come to see that you have put the State on the throne of your heart and God must sit somewhere else.

"Lord Jesus, today I declare once again that I will obey your commands even when the law of my nation tells me it is not legal for me to be obedient to You. I want to glorify You even as Your servant Daniel did and I will trust You to shut the mouths of the lions! Thank you Jesus. Amen."

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