Caesar’s Rule or God’s Reign?

Scripture: ‘… Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.’ Matthew 22:15-21 (NRSVUE)

Affirm: I acknowledge God the Good in me as the First Cause, the Gift & the Giver, the Judge and Juror of every system in my life.

Dear Prosperity Partners and Friends,

During our 5th Feast Day of the Lenten Season, Jesus invited us to bless our political environment. It is clear that ‘God is in charge’ of every governmental system. Therefore, there need be no competition between God’s reign and government’s rule. When we give the government what is due, God’s resources are not diminished.

The Major Points were:

  1. It takes faith in God’s Omnipotence to render to God what belongs to God and to render to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar. God is never diminished by Caesar’s demands.

Jesus is reminding us that there is enough to pay Caesar or your government its assessment, and for you to live the life that God has called you to live. So, go ahead and render to government what belongs to the government and to God what is God’s.  

  1. It is our resistance to rendering to another what they demand, that keeps us in bondage. Keep in mind that there is: 
  2. Man’s economy that is limited to the economics of supply and demand; b. However, God’s economy is a divine economy of unlimited resources to meet every demand made upon it.
  3. Politics of the world do not supersede God’s ruling authority or spiritual law.

Laws made through the political process do not supersede spiritual law. In fact, when a groundbreaking law is accepted by governmental lawmakers, we can say that the political process is catching up with the spiritual law. The spiritual law is first and foundational. Laws of this world, when aligned with spiritual law, show forth great fruit for one and all. However, when laws of this world are not aligned with spiritual law, inharmony and inequity are the result.

  1. When we educate ourselves on the spiritual law:
  2. It is wise to practice the law faithfully and consistently.

Double-mindedness delays your demonstration. See James 1:22 

  1. We have a spiritual obligation to bear witness to the law. When we do so, rich fruitage results. Matt. 7:15-20
  2. We must courageously and actively participate in political processes that establish a more just, harmonious, and equitable society. See the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The Divine Economy is in support of each of these goals. The year 2030 is our realization point – but it will only happen if we adopt the goals and live in alignment with them every single day.

We are here for God. We know who we are, and we render to God the things that are God and to the political process, that which it is due. We are at peace.

TASK: Research the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2016. Decide on a goal that will ‘better’ your community. In faith, go to work and bring it into reality.

ASSIGNMENT: Pages 127-146, A Closer Walk With Jesus (UFBL); 40 Days of Letting Go, Lent 2023, pgs.49-55; Daily Inspiration (UFBL);

Let’s Pray: 

God of Creation,
Your divine economy never runs short. I give thanks that there is more than enough to meet all my obligations. I am free financially and in all ways.
Thanks, God. Amen.

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