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Improper Authority (1 Timothy 2:9-15)

Introductory Thoughts

Unscriptural authority undermines God’s true authority. Unfortunately, many well-meaning Christians have determined that their own experiences or feelings hijack God’s authority. Authority, however, is only proper when it is within the God-given boundaries established by God’s word. One example is the authority to teach and lead men. According to scripture, this authority is not given to women (1 Timothy 2:12), and when a woman seeks to commandeer this authority, she does so apart from the Lord’s leading. The same holds true when children try to lead the home, or when others seek authority that the Lord never intended for them.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Children should not make the rules in the home. They do not know what is best for them and they need to be taught (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Isaiah 28:9; 1 Peter 2:2). They need to be taught the fear of the Lord (Psalm 34:11; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 16:6).
  • (For everyone): What are some examples of improper authority within your home, church, workplace, or nation? How does this misuse of authority create problems and divisions?
  • Why do you promote improper authority? Why do you allow your feelings or experiences to lead you in ways that are contrary to the written words of God?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to forgive you for exercising improper authority.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you to obey scriptural authority.