We need to establish how we develop our beliefs. What is our source of Truth? What is our authority? Any innate characteristics with which we were created have evolved by our life experiences. We may no longer look like the image of our Creator. If we begin to develop our belief of God based upon our altered character, we may find ourselves with a “Created God.”
What does authority mean to you? Let’s consider an example that we all should be familiar with: Law and Order in the United States. Our nation was established under the authority of the Constitution of the United States. The constitution empowers the Congress, President and Supreme Court to enact, uphold and judge what is right or wrong based upon that constitution. If citizens break those laws, there are consequences. This is an example of an authority that has been established under which we live.
What authority governs your actions? I’m confident that you respect the laws of our land, but did you know that the Creator God has authority that is above all nations and peoples? In the past, there have been examples of kings who did not recognize the Creator God’s authority over them. In Daniel chapter four we see a king who viewed himself as the ultimate authority.
If you read the whole chapter you’ll see how King Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king who didn’t recognize God’s sovereignty and authority. He was warned by God in a dream and Daniel counseled him to repent of his evil ways and turn to God. He didn’t, and his authority and nation were taken from him. When He finally did recognize the authority of Creator God, his sanity and position as king were restored. This is Nebuchadnezzar’s response following that incident:
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble. (Daniel 4:37)
When we or anyone else consider our own belief structure as the ultimate authority, we like Nebuchadnezzar, become as arrogant and will at some point be humbled. By considering truth based upon sources of authority, we in essence: “create our own god.”
If you don’t know God or believe in His ultimate authority, your source of truth becomes your own feelings and/or beliefs. No question that this can get out of whack depending upon what we are taught and what we learn through our own search. Using our national Constitution example, we see a formalized written process for the truth of the authority of the government to maintain law and order.
God has established a formalized written code for us to follow as our source of Truth. It’s called the Bible. This authority trumps all other governments and national constitutions. In His written code, God calls us to respect the authorities that have been established. However, He does expect us to obey Him when our other authorities are in conflict with His. Read about Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in Daniel chapter three. I’ll leave you with another example from God’s Word. The apostles were given strict orders by the authorities to stop teaching in the name of Jesus. This is how they responded.
“We must obey God rather than human beings!" (Acts 5:29)
God bless, Dave—Next week we’ll look at “How Can I Trust the Bible?”
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Family Night –November 5th Wednesday we meet for supper is at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Our Story will be from Judges 6 & 7. The new volunteer sheet for November is posted. Volunteers this week: Meal: ________; Songs/prayer: Luke; Storyteller: __________; Memory: __________.
November Potluck THIS SUNDAY Plan to join us for a church potluck following our worship assembly today. The theme is Mexican!
Christian Closet UPDATE This Wednesday, November 5th, the Closet will handing out some fruit bags for Thanksgiving.
Congregational Meeting You can help! Join us next Sunday, November 9th.We’ll discuss the ministries of the church in Escanaba and hear reports from the different groups working on them. Our meeting will begin at 12:20 following our worship. No meal is planned.
Baby Shower for Greta Briere Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 at Erin’s house. Greta is registered at Babies R Us and Target. There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
Daylight Savings Time Ends! Set your clocks to Fall Back one hour at bedtime next Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time ends November 2, 2014.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Melissa’s surgery went well. She is home. Pray for her recovery.
Mickie’s friend Lori has opened her heart to the Lord! She has inoperable cancer in her throat.
Missy is unable to get out for church until her Wed. Dr appt.
Mary’s sister Jane will have eye surgery Nov. 3.
Jewel & Vivian request prayer for the Cass family. They have to take Ben in for another surgery on his stomach.
Jody had another struggle with hives this past weekend.
Ron Johnivan has life-shortening heart problems. He may only have a few months to live.
Baby Godrick has acid reflux.
Curtis Sundquist is in the hospital. Pray for a solution to the breathing problems he is having.
Luke will be traveling to St. Petersburg on Nov 6.
Stephanie Gravelle is going in the Army. She leaves Nov.17.