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Don’t Be Distracted

Good Monday Morning.  Here’s Today’s Nugget to chew on:

“Don’t Be Distracted”

2 Corinthians 5:20 New King James Version

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ…

1 Timothy 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Therefore I [encourage] exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and [dignity] reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Further Thought:  Did you know we are less than 140 days from having our votes counted in electing a new president and other government officials?  If you haven’t registered to vote, please do so as soon as possible.  With all that is happening in our political world [the trials of Hunter Biden and former President Donald Trump and wars in Ukraine and Isreal..], it is easy to be distracted.  It’s important to remember who we are representing throughout the election process.  As Christ’s ambassadors [representatives] on the earth, He would never have us insult our fellow man or want the worst for them regardless of what they have done.  Instead, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, above, instructs us to pray for “all men,” which gives God permission in their lives.  Let us also remember the golden rule we’ve been taught: to treat others as we would want to be treated.  Most of us would never find ourselves in Hunter Bidens or Donald Trump’s situation, but we should intercede on their behalf and pray for God’s grace and mercy to manifest in their lives.  No, not just because the Word of God says so, but in case you have a son, daughter, or loved one who may need God’s grace and mercy in a similar situation.  Let’s recognize none of us have all the answers, but as a body, we should work together to improve our country for all mankind.  Remember, we are not in the business of making our fellow man look bad or being the instigators of fear, but we are change agents for the Kingdom of God.  Our assignment working together is to bring heaven to earth.  This is what Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13.  And in case you didn’t know, God is neither Republican nor Democrat.

So, as you are led by the Spirit of God and the Word in getting your candidate elected, remember to do it all in love and as a representative of Jesus [what He would do if He were here now on the earth].  Since none of our candidates are perfect, let’s ask the question before we cast our vote: “Who is more likely to listen and follow God when He speaks?”.  To “me” this is more important than any political party platform.  In the meantime, Jesus, the head of the church, said we are to pray for our current leaders, regardless of party affiliation.  Imagine with me for a moment what God could do for the United States of America or any country if the church would permit Him daily in the lives of our leaders and fellow man, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4 above.  So instead of you and me talking about what our leaders, candidates, families, or neighbors are not doing, let’s write the issue down as we hear it and present it to God in prayer and ask him to open the eyes of their understanding that they would know how to handle that specific issue.  Yes, change is at hand, and it starts with you and me avoiding all distractions and doing our part in representing Christ to the world.

Have a great day, and keep chewing on God’s Word.

Additional references:  2 Corinthians 5:20; Psalm 32:8; Ephesians 6:8; Matthew 7:12 and Galatians 5:6

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