Welcome to the Daily for Wednesday, April 18.  It is ironic to be in this passage in Romans so close to April 15th when we are to pay the government what we owe in taxes, like it or not.  It is the “like it or not” part that Paul convicts us with as we read the Scripture below.

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Submission, forms of payment, respect, and honor are due to others we are walking within this life.  Tell of a time when you were willing to pay what was due. Tell of a time when this was a struggle.
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with as you lay down your pride, sow seeds of humility, and point them to Jesus?

PRAY
Jesus, give us a humble spirit as we approach You and Your Word for us today.  Help us remember your humility as you continually choose to submit to Your Father’s will in all things.  Give us ears to hear from You and eyes to see those people in our life from whom we are withholding payment.  Give us the courage to make it right through your Spirit, today.

DISCOVER  [Romans 13:5-7]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.   6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

_ In vs. 5, why are we to submit to those in authority over us?  Discuss what “a matter of conscience” means.
_ What answer does vs 6 give us as to the reason we pay taxes?  What does Paul call those in authority?
_ How does verse 7 expand the audience and the impact of verse 6?   Why might Paul list respect and honor in this list?
_ What is more difficult for you, receiving payment graciously or offering payment graciously?
_ What does this passage teach us about how we are to treat others as believers?  How did Jesus model this for us in word and in deed?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited, by the Spirit to pay what is due?  If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Are there any areas Jesus is inviting you to lay down your pride, and submit, trusting in what God has promised? If so, what area?  
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength?  Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?