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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Romans 13  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 11 January 2019

We are going to see three lessons in this chapter; 1. Subjection to authority. 2. Justice and love of brethren. 3. Sobriety and godliness in ourselves.
Romans 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
1.  Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. How do we conduct ourselves with those who have authority over us, regardless of how unruly they may get. The reason is God is going to take care of the unruly power of Governments. We are subject to them even as ministers or denominational leaders including the Pope. Every soul,  everyone born, is subjected to God and it is God we serve even in a land controlled by ungodliness, or a household controlled by godless parents. We cannot curse kings or queens or God. We show by our obedience honor for the office. Even Jesus said to pay tribute to Rome and what is God paying tribute to. This is very difficult and impossible unless one is totally dedicated to Gods goodwill and peace. To cooperate with authority gives one the ability to have a voice for good when the authority is against Godly principles. Not demanding but encouraging like Joseph was able to do with his King Potiphar. Or Daniel with the King who threw him in the lion’s den. Those in authority have power for they are in control. It is an inward honor and outward expression of reverence and respect for the office. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. We have seen this all down throughout history for people that are rulers have an obligation also and when they do not accept goodwill and peace for those under them, everyone suffers. People in authority have power to dictate what they want not what is good, this make it difficult then for the Christ like Spirit to give one the peace regardless of the circumstance we find ourselves in. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? What a fact all rulers are not doing good works, but evil works and it is seen around the world by the evil in many governments. Let’s not be afraid but understand that God is the one that give peace even in the storms of life. Our faith is not in government but in God and He gives us the ability do Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. Good is an attitude and behavior that comes for ones abiding in the vine; Jesus. This allows one to be in prison and still able to rejoice for the peace of God is within ones spirit and soul. Being involved in prison and jail ministry ones sees the effects of how important one’s attitude and behavior is to the officers and one another for happiness and orderliness. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.It is God that reigns and to abuse His power causes us to suffer the consequences, so civil power is governed by the Lord. Who govens those who govern is very important for we are all suppose to be under the authority of Gods will. This is a Military word and there is a diversity of gifts, trust and service, so we can resist what God established in the beginning of time. We have a hard time fulfilling the law and miss out on many blessing. We are to behave in a way that is a blessing for rulers are ministers of God. They are lords, servants to God. They now right from wrong yet we see more leader doing what is totally. Wrong and hurting its people. It is so hard to see rulers wanting justice for Justice is what is showing lawlessness through out our world. They are responsible for peace to preevent war. They are to execute justice for all and put offenders to shame. We are men not beast, we are like the horse or  mule needing a bit in our mouth in order that we are under control by the master 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 
Yes, we are going to get angry with what goes on many times, but when it is out of order that is when we are going to get hurt or hurt some one else. We all have a conscience that is God given in our soul that tells us when we have done wrong and gets us then to repent and say, I’m sorry and do not do it again. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. It seems that life requires to pay for what we get. Government in order to function needs people to become responsible in paying taxes to make sure that everyone’s needs are meet. This is not happening for people feel like you owe me. This attitude has come to the place we have homeless people like never before and there is not enough taxes to support non workers. Yes, we are going to have the poor with us always. Matthew 26:11
For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. There is always a need to help others that can’t seem to help themselves. It is so easy for us to rob God of how we are created, many have a right to have help in life for they are born not having the ability to make a living and our Government wants to help them but we also have many who do not want to work for they want to play with someone else’s money. Lord help us to understand the power of love so no one suffers in this dayh and age.
 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. We all have responsibility and obligations to achieve our potential and God created us with hands and a body to make sure we are able to survive in such a way, that all our needs are meet and we all owe one another the effort to make life a blessing so what is due we make sure we pay. Our Taxes seem to be the most important for money is needed to have any order or the ability to maintain a degree of comfort. It is strange that our Government many times make it easy to cheat on our taxes and we have to make sure we are not giving grudgingly for that give way to cheat as much as possible for we have a right. 
Yes. we are all aware of customs and our custom cannot take the place of Government. For customs are related to traditions and many times they run contrary to the Governments. Are Customs and traditions have to give away to Governments if we are going to live together in harmony.
Fear to whom fear not with amazement but to privilege of being human. That type of fear is what makes the Church the Church for we are all created for goodwill and peace and when we have the proper fear of one another we all get along for we know each other power of diversity. The wealthy are as important as the poor in the Kingdom of God. For the fear of man is given up to the fear of the Lord in order that we can be wise.
Honor to who honor is very hard in the natural for we think we are as great as anyone else and it makes us angry when we realize that is a lie. We need one another. And need to work at becoming free of bitterness which destroys any society. 

Love Your Neighbor
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. It is amazing to me how it is impossible to love to the degree we owe it to one another. God create nature to not argue with one another but mankind is arguing who is greater or who is right from wrong and it builds resentment toward one another. When God is accepted we see each other as our brothers and sisters regardless of who they are. People can’t do this in themselves unless they are fulfilling the law God created for us as man to be of goodwill and peace. Love is the fulfilling of the law He gives us all. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” [b]“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Note the 6 commandments here. 1. Do not commit adultery. This is stealing from one another their personal right of purity and wellbeing. Are we not seeing marriages breaking up many times for Adultery, are we not seeing adultery being practiced by Governmental personal and even in businesses around the world? 2. You shall not murder and we are seeing the grossest of murders today and it is causing a lot of fear for one life. 3. You shall not steal. Theft today is causing our price’s to become higher and higher and also causing people to have to spend more money for security as it is epidemic around even the United States. 4. You shall bear no false witness is a command also that is rampantly committed for the lie is now the truth and the truth is a lie. Lord help us to know the difference between what is right from wrong according to the Biblical principles. It is not political correctness, it is. godly correctness that benefits us all. 5. To covet is so powerful the closer we get to the return of the Lord. We have so many pleasures due to technology and it is understood at such a young age and is captivating to our young boys and girls to where they want to take more time with what is has then spending time doing what benefits us in our maturity. It seems like the first sin was taking the fruit in the garden that God said not to eat. We are seeing many destroyed by what they covet and it is seen by the addiction we have today, that forces us to have mental health facilities to deal with the pressure of coveting what. is not ours. 6. Loving others as we love ourselves is an impossibility in the natural for we are all sinners. When we are saved by God love, mercy and grace we begin to have a love for all who God created for we are now understanding the power of family and how important we are to one another.  10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Thank the Lord He loves our world and when we come to Him he is making sure we do not harm one another but want to bless even those that can’t accept us. We have a bend nw to help even those that are against us and can’t understand us. Lord help us to have no enemies and if people do not like us help us to continue to be kind and thoughtful to them.
Now we are going to see 4 things we are taught to do. 1. 1. Get up 2. How to dress. 3. How to walk and 4, what provision is needed.
Put on Christ
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.(1). Yes we all like sleep, but we have to wake up, get up, realizing sin is knocking to enter its addictions, but wake up into the Presence of the Lord, so we can be empowered to live for the Lord and see the pits Satan puts in our way. Salvation is always present and all we need to do is remain in the arms of the Lord so we can produce goodwill and peace like God created us to do. In John the 15thChapter. God choose us and it is up to us to take His hand into our hand and not pull out. Romans 12: 1 to 2 gives us a reason it is important we present our bodies holy and acceptable to God which is a reasonable serve and be not conformed to the things of this world but transformed by the renewing of the Mind so we can prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Yes the night does not last forever the day is now, what are you going to do to have good mental will being now. We have hands that are for the purpose of working to put on your clothes and clean up for the day, with the full armor on of Gods righteousness. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (2). When we are dressed up it is for a reason to occupy our time for the day, so we can improve our walk and keep strong in His might. The weights of life are heavy and no one can carry his load so we all need help to make sure we do not fall between the cracks of life. Everyone does not walk in the light as most are walking in the sins of the world and addicted to all the evil Satan has in store for them, making them have mental issues. We have more mental institutions today than anytime in my life as people are bound with addictions that are destroying civility and societies around the world. 
(3) 13 Let us walk [c]properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. To walk properly is very difficult for there is so many areas that if we enter can destroy ones character and image God created us with and that is to become like Him, not allowing alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, lusting for sex, being argumentive, power hungry for control, selfishness, and the list goes on and on. So walk in the narrow road against the people going down the broad road to destruction is a hard task without the Arms of the Lord helping stabilizing us against all the traffic coming down the wrong way.  (4) 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Put on; meaning take what God has given you and that is the good news of salvation, as one gets when we abide in the vine; Jesus, so we are then able to produce good fruit for all we come in contact with us. 
I hope as you study this 13thchapter of Romans it gives you the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to journey life with a new perspective; it is not my will, but You’re will that needs to be done for us to have victory over sins that are all around us. Now take heart you can’t, but God can lead us through the battle of Life on to victory in Jesus.


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