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This week’s devotions are based on Week 1 of the Series Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are (CLICK HERE)


To be sure, God has shown his blessing to the United States over the 248 years of its history.  In spite of its faults, we still are privileged to live in one of the greatest countries in the world.  So today is a day to reflect on the blessings we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy as citizens of these United States.

Perhaps today also brings some questions of concern as you look at the leadership and potential leadership of our country.  Perhaps we have concerns over policy that moves us away from a basis of Christian morals and biblical virtues. Maybe we wring our hands because we don’t have enough Chrisitians in political offices and the ones that are there are not doing enough to make us a Christian nation and legislate more Christian laws.  Maybe with the election of our next president looming just four months away, there is concern over what the leadership at the top is going to be like.

As we enjoy family and friends, burgers and beers, watermelon and time in the water, we may have a subtle unrest that is lurking in our hearts over the current and future state of our country.

I do too.  But it is far less than it was.  Here’s why.

Ephesians 1:19-23 That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

By God’s grace, he has made me part of his church, his people, chosen in eternity, called by grace through the power of the Gospel.  As a member of His church, this passage says there is one in charge that is “far above all rule, authority, power and dominion and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age, but in the one to come.”  What does that mean?  No leader, even the President of the United States, has more power than the Lord Jesus and the name he bears.  The tombs of past presidents are filled and there will be more in the future, but the tomb of Jesus is empty!  With the work of salvation completed, God appointed Jesus to be head over EVERYTHING FOR the CHURCH!

That means that Christ is head over the United States, even if the president or elected officials don’t acknowledge it.  It doesn’t mean that he is the President or that we need to have the Bible replace the constitution.  It just means Christ is in charge of every country, every leader, everything.  What does that mean?

He is working all things for the benefit of the Church, his people.  Perhaps at times it is hard to see how that is happening, but this is the peace we get to carry in our hearts.  No matter the outcome of the election, Supreme Court rulings, legislation or regulations, Jesus is still head over all.  He loves you.  He loves his church.  Kingdoms will rise and fall, but Christ and his church stand forever.

So, this Fourth of July, celebrate the many blessings you are enjoying from God in this country.  Resolved to be an involved citizen of your country, your state, your city.  Use the vote you get and the influence you have to bring positive, godly change to our communities.  But always let your heart be confident that the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that is greater than any politician and any country is at work to orchestrate all things for your blessing as a chosen, loved member of God’s Church!


Apply: What blessings are you thankful for this Fourth of July?  What changes in your heart when you know Jesus is head over all and ruling over all?

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for all the blessings you have allowed your people to enjoy in these United States for the past 248 years.  In your mercy we ask your grace to continue to be evident in our land.  May we leverage the freedoms we have to be bold proclaimers of your Gospel of grace so that many more might enjoy being part of your kingdom now and forever.  AMEN.

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