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There is a particularly loud debate going on right now on the airwaves of this nation. It involves politics, which I refuse to discuss, but it gets at a bigger issue in our society: governance of the heart.
The question being asked is, “are you better off now than four years ago.”
Political pundits are spinning the answers this way and that, answering their mind, then retracting and reissuing replies, correcting the record and so forth. It is all nonsense because no one is looking at the question biblically, and I mean NO ONE.

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the GOVERNMENT will be on his shoulders. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

The government of any nation rests upon the shoulders of Jesus.. This doesn’t mean that God approves of everything governments do (Syria is certainly grieving his heart now), but this means that God sets rulers in place and sometimes God gives us what we deserve. Sometimes he gives us what we don’t deserve and in his mercy we have a righteous ruler. If we have a beef with our government, then, our first stop should be on our knees in prayer. We should not neglect to pray for our leaders at all levels of government and if we do, then we are most likely in for a bad turn of government. And if we have a grievance with society, prayer is a great place to start, to ask God what he wants you to do about it. The church is the answer for every major issue of our day.
Jesus’ kingdom will always be increasing. The kingdom of God is basically the rule and reign of Jesus in the hearts of men and women. As we become more like Jesus individually and as a church, our community will change. Government will change to reflect the governed. The best part is that the rule and reign of Jesus is always increasing, both in our own lives if we allow it, and in our world. For proof, all I have to do is look at the testimonies of major change coming from China, India, Africa and South America. As someone very engaged with the global church, my prayer for my own nation has been, “Lord, don’t forget about America! You are the same God here as in all these other places!”
Because Jesus is increasing in my life, my life is always improving. Now, I know there are always ups and downs in our external circumstances. My point is that as Jesus increases in us, our fleshly tendencies will decrease. Repentance brings times of refreshing (Acts 3). As Jesus’ presence in our life increases, so does the grace to weather hard times with grace, joy and peace in our hearts.
So, my answer to this question is that, of course, my life is better now than four days, four months, four years, or forty years ago. I continue to repent of sin, deny my flesh, and accept the increasing government of my Lord, Jesus.
Question: How about you? Do you see your life this way or is this a new way of viewing your world?

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