What Does Romans 13:1 Mean?

Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but from God: the powers that are, are ordained by God.

Romans 13:1(WBS)
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Verse Thoughts

We sometimes feel that we are surrounded by evil leaders who seem to have an anti-God agenda and we find it difficult to understand why. Sometimes we can be tempted to wonder if God has lost the plot, as we see evil men triumphing, while the children of God are in the midst of distress, and we wonder if Satan is winning. NEVER. Whether it was the cities of Babylon, Rome, Greece or the nation into which we ourselves have been born, God is in control, for there is no power but of God and the powers that be, are ordained of God

Whatever the circumstances of your life or the decisions made in the global corridors of earthly rule, God is firmly and eternally in control, both of your life and over the governments of the earth, and has scheduled a time when He will put all principalities and powers under His feet. Despite the polices of politicians, the regulations of religious leaders and the dictates of both national and international dignitaries, under whom we are currently placed, we have an assurance in the authoritative Word of God , that He is in control and has authorised every authority, to carry out His eternal plan and purpose - that CHRIST is ALL, and CHRIST is to be ALL and in ALL.

The road the Lord Jesus took in His earthly walk was a lonely way of isolation, rejection and derision and He warned those that are called by His name will receive the same treatment from worldlings, for in this world-system we will suffer tribulation and trials - and though He instructed His children to give unto Caesar the things that are Caesars, He never once deviated from His overriding life-principle, to give unto God the things that belong to God.

But we who are His children are also told to be of good cheer, for by His death and resurrection, He has overcome the world and although we will inevitably face difficulties and dangers in this fallen world, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. - Praise His Name,

My Prayer

Father I thank You that You are in control of all that is happening in my life, throughout the world and beyond. I pray that while I am here, You will take my life and use me in whatever way You choose, that I may be a faithful witness and bring glory to Your name, in my small corner of this world. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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