Guest Blogger: Sally Crickard
QUIET AND PEACEFUL LIVES
We live in a time where we hear of and see God at work in miraculous ways. We also see many opportunities in the world for people and governments to yield to Godly influence. In many scriptures we see Paul exhorting people to maintain faith and a good conscience because he knows the outcome when people reject the truth of the Gospel. As a result of seeing lives in shipwreck, Paul begins chapter 2 in 1 Timothy as follows:
First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, 2 for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who wishes all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge and recognition of the [divine] truth. I Timothy 2:1-4 (AMP)
Here’s clarification of a few words in this passage:
First of all: make this prayer a priority; consecrate ourselves before God so that our attitude is right when we start to pray
Prayer: exchange; divine persuasion
All people: the KJV says “all men” which means mankind, the human race, every type of mankind
For those in authority: those with high responsibility; those with great influence
Saved: the Greek word SOZO meaning saved, healed, preserved, and brought into divine safety
Our Heavenly Father desires that all of mankind would be saved. We can pray that mankind will have the eyes of their understanding opened to God’s true nature. Because we are seated in Heavenly places and are guided by the Holy Spirit, we can use our spiritual authority to bind and loose whatever has been revealed by the Spirit.
When more people see God’s goodness and receive salvation, more people will begin a journey of freedom in Christ. Some of these newly redeemed people will become leaders in government, education, church, etc. The more divine truth and authority that one person experiences, the more freedom an entire community can experience. The more that we operate in our spiritual authority as directed by the Holy Spirit, the more we will see the things around us come into God’s time, order, and place. Cooperating with God’s direction will result in quiet and peaceable atmospheres which will create more opportunities for the Gospel to spread around the world.
Let’s challenge ourselves to walk in new depths of God’s love and to obey Paul’s exhortation to remain steadfast in the faith. Let’s encourage each other in the Lord. It’s TIME for the redeemed to be in the right PLACE spiritually and physically so that we are Spirit led to put situations in Godly ORDER.
Whee!! Now doesn’t this just “crank your tractor”? Be blessed and be a blessing.