Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! Today I will be sharing with you on what I title, “Speaking Well of Those in Authority”. Across the world many people are not happy with their leaders. As a matter of fact, they have justifiable reasons for doing so. Really, it's so easy to pick up offence with those the Lord has set over us, especially when they fall short of our expectations. Listen, words are very powerful! It works for or against you depending which way you project it. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt.12:37). Unfortunately, many people do not know this, and those who know often ignore it to their own detriment. There are consequences for every idle word we speak. Really, where you are now is as a result of what you have been saying yesterday. And where you will be tomorrow will be as a result of what you are speaking today. You can never rise above the confessions of your mouth. The Lord heard the awful words the children of Israel were saying. Then He said to Moses, “Say to them, As I live, says the Lord, just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you” (Numbers 14:28).
Today, when you watch news on TV, listen to radio, read comments on social media, or take up newspaper to read, you will be amazed to see horrible things coming out from people’s mouth against their leaders. Sometime ago I was sitting close to someone, and discussions around Nigerian politics came up. All of a sudden, he said, this president will surely die. His obituary is concluded. Then I told him don't say that. He said, no! He will not see the end of the year because of the suffering he has put on Nigerians. Really, I can understand his frustrations. But I believe there is a better way to approach the matter. Listen, the Lord vehemently warns concerning every derogatory word we speak against others, especially those in authority. While admonishing the Pharisees, Jesus declared: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment” (Matt. 12:36). This reminds me also of those who hate and speak evil of men of God, even their own pastors, and still sit under their ministrations. My dear, it's a very dangerous place to be. You rather leave that church than stay there, because the enemy will afflict you, because you have opened the door for him to do so. If you can’t intercede for them for certain errors you see in their lives, just leave them to God to handle. If you doubt me, ask Aaron and Miriam for murmuring against Moses, they will tell you the outcome (Numbers 12). If you are not happy with a church or pastor, just leave that environment for your own life.
Now know this, every nation deserves the kind of leader they have per time. The leaders we have depend on the spiritual atmosphere of the nation – good or bad. When a nation is wicked, corrupted, killing and shedding of innocent blood, and the righteous sit back without doing anything, then don’t expect to see a righteous leader in governance. For your information, no person sits in the office of a president - either good or bad - without God's approval. If you are not assigned to be there, no matter how much you try to rig your way in, you won’t get there. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth" (Romans 9:17). When God wants to chastise or deal with nations, He allows evil leaders without conscience to the plight of the people to come on board. But as believers in Christ, we have the power to get wicked leaders out from governance by getting involved into leadership. The bible says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice” (Proverbs 29:2). This happens when we begin to seek God’s face and get down on our knees in prayers. But as a general rule, we are to always pray for those in authority for God to lay hold of their hearts to do what is right. Apostle Paul declares, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (2 Timothy 2:1-3). Remember, our election year 2019 is just by the corner. Therefore, instead of whining and complaining, you and I can get involved, then “Pray Out and Pray In” the kind of leaders we want. Have a fantastic week. With love, Elvis!