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The Election is over, isn't it? Or, is it? After a year of political campaigning and the almost unavoidable polarization that occurs, how do we regain our balance, how do we regain God's Perspective on these events?

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A partial set of Scriptures used and notes:

The election IS OVER, isn't it?  OR IS IT?
ask for the article on wsj reference... nOV 3rd 2016.
What might we be doing as a nation and as a people.... to have earned where we are... 
(Daniel 2:21 Daniel 2:21And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
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)  And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
(Daniel 2:22 Daniel 2:22He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
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)  He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

(Daniel 4:17 Daniel 4:17This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest of men.
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)  'This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.'

(Daniel 4:34 Daniel 4:34And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that lives for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
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)  And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
(Daniel 4:35 Daniel 4:35And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say to him, What do you?
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)  All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?"
What are the implications and our country at this time... ? Whoever GOD put there... GOD is SOVEREIGN ruler over ALL.

What perspective MUST WE HOLD????
1 -  Regain our PERSONAL trust in God's Sovereignty.
Romans 8:28 Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
HE has a special plan that takes us OUT OF THIS SOCIETY
(Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
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)  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(Romans 8:30 Romans 8:30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
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)  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
OUR DESTINY is to become part of the FAMILY OF GOD!!! Not to become high in the democratic party or the GOP... 
HE is offering us ETERNAL LIFE.  DO WE REALLY understand this or are we being sucked into this world, its values and its perspectives??

(Romans 8:31 Romans 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
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)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:32 Romans 8:32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
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)  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
(Romans 8:38 Romans 8:38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
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)  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
(Romans 8:39 Romans 8:39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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)  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We have a very special calling: COME OUT OF THIS WORLD.. its values and perspectives to hold onto Christ's perspectives.

(Matthew 13:22 Matthew 13:22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
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)  Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Can Social Media... become parts of the "CARES of this world"?? Did we convince anyone?  OR do you hold onto GOD's Viewpoint? BECOME LIKE my Son Jesus and stop PLAYING GAMES.

2 - We are very blessed to be living in the USA!!!  But OUR CITIZENSHIP with all it entails is IN HEAVEN!!! DO WE fully understand this??  Do we truly grasp??

MOst coveted in his day: ROMAN CITIZENSHIP.  He is writing to Philippians a ROMAN City. It was hard for Christians due to EMPEROR Worship... you can worship any god but ONLY AFTER you worship the Emperor also.
(Php 3:20)  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
(Php 3:21)  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Will we allow ourselves to be sucked into the system.... ?? I FEEL Like a stranger. I no longer belong here. Its values are no longer my values. WE are a nation that has lost its way in all ways we examine. THIS IS NOT THE Country I grew up in !!!

(1Pe 1:1)  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
(Ephesians 2:19 Ephesians 2:19Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
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)  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
(1Pe 2:9)  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Years ago, show "The Millionaire"... 
OUR calling is worth infinitely MORE than 1 million dollars... the UNIVERSE is our inheritance. Do we take THIS FOR GRANTED??

WE often do not appreciate the ENORMITY of what GOD is offering !!!

(1Pe 2:10)  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
(1Pe 2:11)  Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
(1Pe 2:12)  having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
""They were ambassadors, mem bers of the Kingdom of God among us... "" ... or are we dipping our foot continually in the "waters" of this society?

1John 2:15 John 2:15And when he had made a whip of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
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 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 
1John 2:16 John 2:16And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
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 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 
1John 2:17 John 2:17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your house has eaten me up.
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 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 

Do not think: MY LORD delays His coming !!!!  EVERY passing day brings us closer to the Return of Jesus Christ!

Are we making THE MOST of the Opportunity GOD is offerning us??

3 - REFOCUS on our REAL MISSION HERE !!!

(Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
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)  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
THIS is our priority, our focus, our personal mission.  Notice, show the LOVE of God and do not get tangled in the workings of this world. 

We are "doulos"... a bond slave at the total whim of their master.  THIS IS WHAT we signed up for... are we submitting to HIM...

Ephesians 1:15 Ephesians 1:15Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints,
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 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 
Ephesians 1:16 Ephesians 1:16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
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 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 
Ephesians 1:17 Ephesians 1:17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
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 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 
Ephesians 1:18 Ephesians 1:18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
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 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 
Ephesians 1:19 Ephesians 1:19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
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 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 
Ephesians 1:20 Ephesians 1:20Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
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 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 
Ephesians 1:21 Ephesians 1:21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
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 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 

Christ is ABOVE ALL but the Father!!!
(Ephesians 1:22 Ephesians 1:22And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
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)  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
(Ephesians 1:23 Ephesians 1:23Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.
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)  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Our situation with THE KINGDOM OF GOD being put FIRST
(Revelation 1:3 Revelation 1:3Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
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)  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
(Revelation 1:4 Revelation 1:4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
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)  John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
(Revelation 1:5 Revelation 1:5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
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)  and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

OUR KING died for us. How many Presidents have done the same? They are good to send young men out to DIE... 

Christ will be ruler, it will be HIS KINGSHIP. Absolute MONARCHY. 
He will be HEAD over all. Those on Thrones will judge and administer from the foundations of GOD's LAW... 

God's government holds promise of perfection, real justice, real love for the citizens, real comfort of heart and soul... 

HOW do we demonstrate our TRUST in God's Sovereignty? HOW do we refocus our minds in our real Mission.
 YOU and your influence as an INDIVIDUAL is profound in other's lives. 
PREACH the gospel. Are you doing that with YOUR LIFE ??!!!!f

Matthew 28:18 Matthew 28:18And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
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 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 
Matthew 28:19 Matthew 28:19Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
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 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
Matthew 28:20 Matthew 28:20Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
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 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. 

We are to become LIKE HIM!!!

4 - WE need to resolve to give our leaders RESPECT and our PRAYERS!
Submission to the Authorities
Romans 13:1 Romans 13:1Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
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 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. 
Romans 13:2 Romans 13:2Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
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 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 
Romans 13:3 Romans 13:3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:
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 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 
Romans 13:4 Romans 13:4For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil.
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 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. 
Romans 13:5 Romans 13:5Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
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 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience' sake. 
Romans 13:6 Romans 13:6For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually on this very thing.
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 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. 
Romans 13:7 Romans 13:7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
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 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 

These are COMMANDS... 
The capabilities of our government to spy on us...  to know and RECORD ALL WE SAY everywhere... 

Samsung has not mastered yet to read your thoughts!!! GOD has been watching all along... 

We are to give our leaders the respect they are due because they are leaders.
1Pe 2:13  Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, 
1Pe 2:14  or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 
1Pe 2:15  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
1Pe 2:16  as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 

The laws that do not conflict with God's law must be obeyed... speed limits. parking, taxes.... 

They tried to trick Jesus, 
Matthew 22:15 Matthew 22:15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
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 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 
Matthew 22:16 Matthew 22:16And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth, neither care you for any man: for you regard not the person of men.
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 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 
Matthew 22:17 Matthew 22:17Tell us therefore, What think you? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
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 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 
Matthew 22:18 Matthew 22:18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt you me, you hypocrites?
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 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 
Matthew 22:19 Matthew 22:19Show me the tribute money. And they brought to him a penny.
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 Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius. 
Matthew 22:20 Matthew 22:20And he said to them, Whose is this image and superscription?
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 And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" 
Matthew 22:21 Matthew 22:21They say to him, Caesar's. Then said he to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's.
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 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 
Matthew 22:22 Matthew 22:22When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left him, and went their way.
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 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way. 

Romans 13:7 Romans 13:7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
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 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. {{NERO was emperor}}
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
Romans 13:8 Romans 13:8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.
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 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 

(1Pe 2:17)  Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
This is fairly straightforward.... 
People denigrated all the Presidents I lived under... 

Jude 1:8 Jude 1:8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
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 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 
Jude 1:9 Jude 1:9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke you.
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 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" 
Jude 1:10 Jude 1:10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
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 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 
Michael's example... 

Titus 3:1 Titus 3:1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
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 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 
Titus 3:2 Titus 3:2To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.
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 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 
Titus 3:3 Titus 3:3For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
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 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 
SOCIAL media to proclaim our view and mindset... or???

1Ti 2:1  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 
1Ti 2:2  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 
1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 
1Ti 2:4  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

We kind of Gospel are we PREACHING in our lives, privately and publicly? 
2Pe 2:4  For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 
2Pe 2:5  and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 
2Pe 2:6  and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 
2Pe 2:7  and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 
2Pe 2:8  (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—
2Pe 2:9  then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 
2Pe 2:10  and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 
2Pe 2:11  whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 
2Pe 2:12  But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 
2Pe 2:13  and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 
2Pe 2:14  having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 

IS THIS US... or are we so caught up in this world that we can NOT see in God's Perspective and what HE has called us to do and how to live?

Joseph fled and GOD blessed him... HE KNOWS how to deliver us... 
They are over us to teach us lessons... 

2Pe 2:15  They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 
2Pe 2:16  but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 
2Pe 2:17  These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. 
2Pe 2:18  For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 
ARE we in this mindset? IF SO, we must REPENT in what it means FULLY.

We are to be PEACEMAKERS... 

(Matthew 5:9 Matthew 5:9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
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)  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:43 Matthew 5:43You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
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 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' 
Matthew 5:44 Matthew 5:44But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;
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 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 
Matthew 5:45 Matthew 5:45That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
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 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 
Matthew 5:46 Matthew 5:46For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same?
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 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 
Matthew 5:47 Matthew 5:47And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so?
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 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 
Matthew 5:48 Matthew 5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
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 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 
 IS THIS OUR Normal response or we WANT SOME VENGEANCE??

The process of becoming just like Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:7 Isaiah 9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. 

2Co 5:20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 
2Co 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

WE REPRESENT HIM as our RULER.  Do we abide by His rulership? Do we represent HIM appropriately???

(Jas 3:13)  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
(Jas 3:14)  But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
(Jas 3:15)  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
(Jas 3:16)  For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
(Jas 3:17)  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
(Jas 3:18)  Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

THIS DOES NOT DESCRIBE what is happening in SOCIAL MEDIA... !!

God called us to be PEACEMAKERS. Does this describe us in all we say and do??
As we reflect in this election, let us renew our TRUST IN GOD's Sovereignty. HE set up this man at this point in History for HIS PURPOSE. 

We need to reaffirm our citizenship which is IN HEAVEN. 

REFOCUS in our primary mission. What does it take for us to get there?

MIchael Angelo chiseled out everything that was not HIS Statue as he imagined it.  Are we allowing GOD to chisel us also?

(1Ti 6:12)  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
(1Ti 6:13)  I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
(1Ti 6:14)  that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
(1Ti 6:15)  which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
(1Ti 6:16)  who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

THIS IS A RULER we can truly get behind and fully support.
 

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