New Life Ministries Steve Arterburn

New Life Daily Devotion – March 26

Who’s the Boss

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. – Romans 13:1
Jane’s five-year-old neighbor must’ve seen Jane giving her kids treats because he was over in a flash. “My mom said I can have a Popsicle,” he bellowed. And that reminds me of the story of an¬other little boy who would show up on his neighbor’s doorstep at 9 o’clock in the morning and say, “My mom said I can stay until dinner.”
As we grow up we hopefully grow in our understanding of au¬thority. For instance. you wouldn’t walk into your boss’s office and declare, “My wife said I can have a raise.” But sometimes we try to usurp God’s authority. There are many people out there who know the truth, but in order to achieve their own selfish desires, they will use the truth or present the truth in an untruthful way.
It’s not all that difficult to understand that God has and God is the ultimate authority in life. How that plays out in life can be confusing, unless you’re willing to surrender your will to His.
“The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice. Any choice will be the right one.” – A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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