"Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So, anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished." (Romans 13:1-2 NLT)
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." (1 Samuel 15:23a NKJV)
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." (1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV)
Before Trump was elected, the Lord revealed to me that the next term would be a Saul, "What the people request." So, let's take a quick review of Saul's time as king and what needs our attention.
We know that the people complained about corruption and requested a king rather than God to rule them. "…they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Samuel 8:7 NKJV) Israel rebelled against God's authority over them.
God gave the people what they requested. He chose Saul, an unknown who was tall in stature, able to fight the people's battles, and God gave him favor. But some said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him." (1 Samuel 10:27 NKJV). Some rebelled further against God's choice of authority.
Saul's disobedience to God (rebellion) and character flaws of pride, jealousy, and lust for power drove him to madness, and God rejected him, bringing David (who served Saul) into position.
In the end, Samuel gives Saul the word of the Lord: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." (1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV) Saul's story is about rebellion.
We need to understand that the political system is not the problem. We are. We have put others and our own agendas before God. God is well able to cause changes that need to be made, but we need to do our part. God has been calling on us, His people, to repent for our part in the messes so that He can heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) We are called to be prophets, priests, and kings, but rebellion to authority will hinder that calling.
God hates rebellion, and this is a serious matter with Him. Satan rebelled against God and has been trying to usurp His authority ever since. He especially likes to use God's people to assist in his rebellion. So, we need to take a good hard look at ourselves to see if we have participated in his schemes. If you have spoken or acted against authority, you have rebelled against who God placed in authority.
The past presidential term was a test that many in the Body of Christ, from both sides of the political aisle, have failed (myself included), and it is time for REPENTANCE. It was also a wakeup call. Here are just a few examples of the rebellion observed over the last four years.
Putting trust in a man rather than in God
Refusing to accept who God placed in authority
Putting man on a pedestal with preaching or prophecy, puffing up pride and setting him up for a fall
Choosing and aligning with political sides, rather than aligning with the Kingdom, which contributed to division
Speaking lies, hatred, or division with disputable opinions (doubtful disputations) which hinders peace and unity
Selfish concern with a leader's agendas rather than concern for the leader's soul
Fighting for (or praying for) the takedown of God's chosen authority
David, who played his harp for Saul during his fits of madness, and who was hunted down to be killed by Saul, knew not to touch who God had placed into authority. We would be wise to heed his example.
For the future, let's remember:
God is sovereign. He will give and take favor for whomever He pleases.
God is love, and sometimes He disciplines those he loves to reveal errors.
God is merciful and forgives if we repent.
No matter who is in office, God's purposes will not be thwarted.
God allows things for a reason, and I believe He is in the process of revealing many things, including our own hearts.
If you need a battle, fight for the Kingdom of God to be established. Administrate the Kingdom with your prayers and proclamations for God's will, not ours, to be done on earth as in Heaven.