Don’t Touch Your Commander!

Psalm 105:13-15 “When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.Dot_not_touch

When I was in the military we had a rank structure that was necessary for order, and a particular level of responsibility. Each person had to understand their rank and position because anytime someone thought they were above what their actual pay grade was, you stood a chance at being locked up (meaning put at the position of attention and not being able to say anything because the hammer is getting ready to be laid on you). This rank structure (for example purposes) went from an E-1 to an E-4. Individuals that carried this rank were fresh in basic training. Though some people came in with a little rank like E-2, E-3, or E-4, you still had to go through basic training. That rank in basic only meant you received some formal training (like higher education or JROTC), but you still needed to be broken.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. There is a structure that takes place in the body. We all have a commander in chief, and He is Jesus Christ. Now, in the military we have generals that are close to the commander in chief, and they receive information about things that most soldiers would never know about. But, I will take this to a different level in the military.

Each unit has a company, and that company has a company commander. For explanatory purposes I will say the company commander is the pastor. The company commander is responsible for all tasks and missions assigned to that particular unit. Each pastor has been given a small piece of the Heavenly Kingdom’s vision, and it is that commander’s (pastor’s) responsibility to do all that he/she can to see that the mission is complete.

Whenever we conducted DNC (or drill and ceremony) as a company, the company commander would give us a command which is normally in two parts. The first part is the preparatory command which informs us of the movement that is to be carried out, and prepares us mentally for the action that we are getting ready to take.

The command of execution lets us know when to do it, and what it is we are doing. For instance, if the commander says “FORWARD!” that word is repeated all the way down to the platoon leader which states that all of those in leadership have heard what the commander (pastor) is preparing us for, and that they repeat it to their members. The command “MARCH!” is what the commander wants us to do, and no one repeats that because the commander is the only one that can execute anything in this formation unless he/she has delegated another authority head to do so in their absence.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. We have commanders (pastors as I stated earlier) that have the authority to prepare and execute their particular assignment, as their orders are given to them. As platoon leaders and squad leaders, our jurisdiction is limited to the area that we have been assigned to. Platoon leaders are like ministers in the body that help assist the commander in the menial things that go on in a soldier’s life. The platoon leader (minister) helps with making sure the vision of the company is well understood by those who are growing in their knowledge of the mission, and the purpose of being a soldier.

The thing that hurt so many churches (companies) is that the young soldier (private) wants to challenge what the commander is doing when the commander has the authority to strip an individual of his/her rank, give them punishment for challenging the commander’s authority, or can even be recommended to be released from the military with a dishonorable discharge.

Sometimes in Drill and Ceremony procedures, the commander may give the wrong order. Now if the commander does not correct the preparatory command with “AS YOU WERE!” you have to follow that particular command of execution, and fix it the best way you can after that order is released. It is not our job to holler out in formation that the commander has given the incorrect order because that is making the commander look bad. Our job is to follow orders and trust that our commander is going to get us out of that jam.Feb27Story18mc

All of these things happen on a regular basis in the body of Christ. So many members in the body are always challenging authority and think that they are not supposed to be punished. In the beginning of this text, I opened up with Psalm 105:13-15. This scripture is letting us know that it is wrong to speak against and challenge those whom the Lord has appointed and anointed to do His Will (Hebrews 13:7,17).

When a soldier fought against everything that went on in the military, you were looked over for promotions, schooling, and special assignments. The commander did not care how great you were in your knowledge of your job, or how you excelled in your physical activities. You were a hard head that was non submissive, couldn’t follow orders, and a rebel. These types of soldiers were poisonous to the mission of the unit, and had to be dealt with.ucmj

Blessings flow down from the one that has the executive authority to point our lives in the direction of the mission for our life, and for the mission of the unit we are in. Soldiers come from all walks of life, and it is the commander’s job to make sure that his/her leaders are echoing the preparatory commands that he/she is getting ready to execute for the company. The commander doesn’t always have the choice on who is assigned to the unit. The department of defense makes that call according to the need of that unit’s mission. The same goes for the body of Christ. The pastor does not always have a say in who is assigned to their unit because the Lord adds to the church, not man. But the pastor can recommend a soldier get removed if his/her behavior is detrimental to the mission of that unit.

  • People like Korah, Dathan and Abiram in Numbers 16 challenged God’s authority and was dealt with.
  • Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12 challenged God, and Miriam was dealt with.

Quotes concerning those who challenged or mocked God

The man who built the Titanic

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

With an ironic tone he said: “Not even God can sink it”

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.

 

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.

He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.

After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

“I don’t need your Jesus”.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment .

 

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

“Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are more famous than Him” (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times. 

 

Campinas (IN 2005)

In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend,

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 

“My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You, “

She responded: “Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here, It’s Already Full.”

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken .

 

So the next time a person thinks that he/she can walk into the governor’s office and set him/her straight and not go to jail; you have another thing coming.

If you think that you can walk into the president’s office, and not get dealt with; think again.

Now these are just mortal men and women, so what more do you think will happen to a person that challenges the hand of God on a person’s life, and think nothing will happen? 

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Humility, Obedience, and Loyalty

The story of the prodigal son makes mention of a young man wasting his substance. Substance is the essential nature of a Christian. As an  individual our substance should be so real that our ultimate nature should mirror our LORD and saviour. 

The prodigal son wasted his substance because he failed to keep three essential components of his existence: Humility, Obedience, and Loyalty. Proverbs 29:23 says that a man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. When we fail to walk in humility we are allowing pride to take rule in our heart.

Pride will cause us to challenge authority, think of ourselves more highly than we ought to, and refuse instruction. Once we gain what belong to us without humility, we will have the mind frame of a portion of Revelation 3:17. Our pride will tell us because I am rich, and increased with goods, that I do not have need of nothing. Our lack of humility blinds us from the reality that we are “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.”

The wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked part begins to manifest because we have become a man or woman that has looked in the mirror of truth, and when we decided to go our own way, we forgot what manner of person we were. Humility will cause us to accept the flaws that we see, but pride will always make us forget what state we are really in.

Once we have destroyed humility by allowing pride in, we will destroy ourselves more by our lack of obedience. Obedience is a governor for us like a governor to a car. The speedometer may show 140 mph, but the governor may only allow you to do 100 mph because anything pass that can be instant death.

Deuteronomy 17:12 says, “The man that will do presumptuously (overstepping due bounds) and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.” The father allowed his son to be put away from him because the son overstepped his bounds by not hearkening to the priest of the home.

Hearkening goes hand in hand with obedience because if we cannot give respectful attention to authority, then we will not follow the commands or guidance of authority. The bible tells us in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 that we will receive blessings in our body, our store house, our cattle, and many other areas concerning us. Blessings will always fall on those that give respectful attention to the commandments of the Lord, and His servants that He has placed over our lives to instruct us in the ways of righteousness.

This also bring to mind the third point, Loyalty. Loyalty is faithfulness in our devotion to one’s lawful sovereign or government. When we allow humility to slide from under us, we will begin to lose our desire to walk in obedience. Once we have allowed obedience to slide as well, we will lose our level of loyalty. People that are not loyal, are traitors. Traitors are people that make every attempt to overthrow leadership, and is false in their obligation or duties. 

1 Peter 2:13 instructs us to submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: this is our civil duty, but it is important that we pay allegiance to the rules that govern us. When we are disloyal, we will begin to attach ourselves with citizens that mean us no good. I can remember in a movie where a soldier left his army because the enemy’s army seemed to be of greater stature. When this soldier left his army and crossed over, the general of the enemy’s army called him a traitor because he began to tell all of their secrets. 

To make a long story short, the general gave this traitor a lecture about the world being full of traitors, and that it didn’t need anymore. After his lecture, the general called for one of his soldier’s to tie the man to the floor with his legs open, and the soldier struck the traitor in his private area with a mallet. The purpose of the general doing this was he felt the world did not need to be populated anymore with traitors. When we are traitors to the gospel we cannot reproduce seeds of righteousness. We can only reproduce what we are, traitors. Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” 
 
God is calling for His sons and daughters to walk in great humility. The way that we allow humility to enter into our lives is through fasting (Psalm 35:13), through trials and tribulations (Deuteronomy 8:3), and not making a reputation for ourselves (Philippians 2:7-8). Those trials will also cause obedience to come into our lives. Hebrews 5:8 says, “Christ learned obedience by the things that he suffered.”

The suffering that we shall experience is: keeping our body under subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27), and suffering for the sake of the gospel (2 Timothy 2:12, 1 Peter 3:14-17). We should love to obey the Lord because in our willingness to obey, he said that we would eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19), and our days will be lengthened (1 Kings 3:14). 
 
Loyalty causes us to be faithful. We can never rule over anything until we learn how to be faithful. Loyalty causes us to get up and seek the Lord early, it causes us to hearken to His voice, it causes us to stay within our boundaries of righteousness, and it causes us to always bless the name of the Lord no matter what the situation. Though we may mess up, we have an advocate that goes before the Father on our behalf because we have humbled ourselves before the mighty hand of God, and have made an allegiance to follow His commandments.

We must submit ourselves to the Lord and resist the devil. We do this by destroying pride with humility, destroying disobedience with obedience, and destroying the spirit of a traitor with loyalty. Then and only then, will we possess the power of Christ to overthrow the workings of the enemy in our lives (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).