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Daily Devotional: How To Make A Case To Someone In Authority By Rick Warren

By Firstladyb


As a believer, you will face some situations when you need to make a case to someone in authority.

Here are a couple things to do when you need to make a case before an authority. You can see these actions in the life of Daniel, particularly in the first chapter of the book bearing his name.

  1. Develop a reputation for responsibility (Proverbs 22:29) — People with great responsibility notice people who are responsible. The king’s official had great respect for Daniel. That’s why Daniel was able to make his appeal. Christians should have a similar reputation in the marketplace and in their community.
  2. Be humble and not belligerent (Proverbs 25:6) — You don’t demand your way. Daniel didn’t do that. He asked the king’s official to try something. Threats never work with people in authority. Be humble or you’ll stumble.
  3. Don’t be deceptive or manipulative (2 Corinthians 4:2) — God does not honor dishonesty. God says you’re on your own if you lie.

Guess what? You’ll never have to confront authority on your own. Jesus says he’ll never leave you. You have the Holy Spirit,  God’s promises, God’s family — the church — to stand with you.


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