Isaiah 9: 6-7

Understand the Purpose of Civil Government

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Isaiah 9:6-7 for a child will be born to us a son will be given to us and the government will rest on His shoulders and His name will be called wonderful counselor mighty God, eternal father prince of peace and there will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace on the throne of David and over His kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forever more the zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this I want to talk a little bit today about what the role of government is I find that many people are confused about the role of government and the role of the church the church influences society primarily through the leaven principle through leavening through our lifestyle leavening through what we do but the government is called to rule and there are three things that are listed here that are supposed to come through government government is supposed to bring freedom the government is supposed to bring freedom and peace everybody wants to live a peaceful lifestyle the government is meant to create an environment of peace for its citizens and then down in verse 7 to establish and uphold justice and righteousness everybody wants peace everybody wants justice everybody wants righteousness and this is the role of government to produce that government’s role is not to control the lives of its citizens that is satan’s form of government satan is a controller he wants to control everything in life that is not the function of godly government the correct form of government is to offer choices with consequences that’s how God governs this is an amazing thing in God’s Kingdom God allows people to sin if God didn’t allow people to sin there wouldn’t be any God would eliminate it but God allows people to sin by offering choices with consequences it’s the goal of government to protect the rights of people to do wrong as long as their wrong doing doesn’t impact other people so taking away people’s freedom to do wrong is not the way that God governs so God allows freedom for people to sin to do wrong to exercise their free will within boundaries what are the boundaries that government should establish boundaries should be created that limit people’s freedom or limit the freedom of citizens to harm others government should establish an environment that allows people to fulfill their purpose and destiny and freedom even to do wrong as long as the wrong they do doesn’t infringe upon others and harm and wound others there are always bullies in society and it’s the role of government to use force to use the sword Paul talks about in Romans 13 to stop bullies and to bring to justice those whose purpose it is to intentionally harm other people through their liberty the church doesn’t have authority to bring justice the church doesn’t have authority to bring a sword to bring people to justice and to deal with bullies that’s the role of the government that’s what it’s supposed to do use its force to stop bullies let me just ask you this if a burglar breaks into your house with the intent to do your family harm to steal, to kill to rape, to do harm in your family and you call 911 do you want the policeman to come with a Bible or a gun I want them to come with a gun and use authority to stop the bully natural authority we have spiritual authority I understand that but the role of government is to bring natural authority to do these 3 things to bring peace to bring righteousness and to bring justice what is our job? to pray for godly authorities in government to pray for the leader of our nation to pray for the leader of our city to pray for the leader of our state or our province or the region where we live that these people would act righteously in a way that brings freedom, peace righteousness and justice so let’s just pray right now that the government that’s described here is Isaiah 9 would be released through the leaders of the nation in which you live I live here in the United States I want to pray for our president I want to pray for our congress and the mayors of our cities so let’s just pray right now you join me and pray for your leaders Father we come before you right now and we pray for supernatural outpouring of your grace upon our leaders the leader of our nation I pray for the president of the United States Father and Lord I pray for the senators and the congressman the leaders of our nations the governors of our states and the mayors of our cities Father I pray that you would pour out upon them an anointing to create an environment in which people can fulfill their destiny an environment of freedom of peace, of righteousness and justice where bullies are not able to come and harm other people and use their liberty to destroy and damage others Father I pray for righteousness justice, freedom and peace to prevail in our cities, in our nation where we might freely worship you where we might fulfill the destiny that you’ve called us to give our leaders wisdom and an anointing to govern righteously we pray this today with all our hearts pray for your support your leading, your anointing upon those who govern us in our nation in the cities we live in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen

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