- Original Teaching: Divine Order, Divine Life
- Date: November 19, 1980
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13: 1-2
- By: Jason Felton
In the last few months we’ve talked about order in our marriages and order in our homes. This week we want to focus on order in the church. So join me as I review a teaching from 1980 entitled “Divine Order, Divine Life”.
One of the first things you will notice in even just a casual reading of scriptures is that God is a God of order. From the created universe all the way down to the instructions given for the tabernacle, everything God does has order behind it. Well there is another area that God set up order in and that is with His designated authority. In our marriages, in our homes, and in the church there is an order that God has set up that we must subordinate to. Wives submit to your husbands. Children obey your parents. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. Do you cringe just reading these statements? These are all aspects in God’s Word that deal with order and the only way you can be content in moving in true Biblical order is to have complete confidence in God and His Word. Your flesh is going to despise this, but it will set your spirit free. If you truly believe God is all powerful and all knowing then you can rest in His form of government.
Who was the first guy to ever get out of order? Lucifer, right?! One of the most highly regarded angels and one of the most beautiful creatures ever created desired to ascend above the most high God. And because of that he got out of order and it cost Him. Ever since then Satan has been using that same tactic on mankind. The tactic to divide and conquer. The tactic of getting yourself to think of yourself more highly than you ought to and walk outside of God’s order. You can see it all throughout scripture right? Adam and Eve, in the story of Moses on a couple different occasions, Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness…. The common theme in every of one of these examples is the temptation to break order and in our lives today Satan is trying to do the same thing.
“Well is it really that big of a deal?” YES! Romans 13 says that those who resist the powers that be and the ordinances of God shall receive damnation. Want a few Biblical examples of that? The broken order in the story of Adam and Eve resulted in them being kicked out of the garden and brought about a curse on mankind. Korah and Dathan challenged the authority of Moses and the earth swallowed them up. Saul didn’t follow God’s order to destroy a nation entirely and his kingdom was stripped from his hands. “Well that’s the old testament!” Okay, how about a new testament example? Ananias and Sapphira didn’t follow God’s order when it came to giving and both of them were struck down dead. Beloved, if you give the flesh its way it will bring you destruction. Satan can take you captive at his will whenever he wants when you are moving in strife and rebellion. I Samuel 15:23 says, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as idolatry.” Galatians 5 says that those who partake in witchcraft will not inherit the kingdom of God. I would say God takes this pretty seriously!
“Well I can submit to God!” Really? How do you submit to His designated authority? If you’re not submitting to God’s designated authority, then you’re not submitting to Him. When you are resisting authority you are resisting God. Children, when you are walking in disobedience to your parents you are resisting God! Wives, when you are not submitting to your husbands you are resisting God. When we as Christians are not walking in order with the authority God has placed in our lives in our overseers (pastors, elders, etc…) then we are resisting God. Just because you are a born again, spirit filled student of the Word of God does not mean that you have direction and control over your own life. You are called to be in submission to the King of Kings AND those He sets in authority. To do anything other than that is to reject the Word of God and if you reject Him, He will reject you!
So as we close for today, realize that to be in authority we have to be under authority. We are called as kings and priests, but we also have to realize that the greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. “Well what if my husband… What if my parents…. What if my pastors….” Brothers and sisters rest in the fact that everything in authority has been put in place by the wisdom of God. He has placed those in the body as He sees fit. We don’t have to worry! God has got this under control and if anything begins to be done outside of His Word then HE will take care of it. Divine order brings divine life!