The Importance of Following Instructions

I have always wondered what happened to teaching and structure in the body of Christ. Proverbs 10:17 says, “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth repoof erreth.” This lets me know why so many people are erring in the body of Christ. For instance; I can recall some years ago where I was attending a church where the pastor gave the ministers of the house 10 minutes to deliver a message. There were some who finished within that time, but there was one particular minister who went past his time. I can still hear him saying, “That 10 minutes were not enough time for him and the Lord had more to say,” and he proceeded to go past his time which was allotted to him. Now when I heard that I thought, “Surely this guy has bumped his head and clearly can’t follow instructions.”

This young man had clearly moved into a place of error because he superseded the instructions of his leader. Hebrews 13:17 tells us to obey those that have the rule over us. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “it is required…that a man be found faithful.” The way we serve and obey our leader determines how our ministry will be established. These small steps of instructions given to us by our leader, is God’s way of testing and proving us to see if we can follow him in the little things. God wants to know when the anointing stops, are we going to stop, or are going to keep operating in self? I dislike nothing more than a preacher who constantly talks and is still operating after the anointing has left the building. A person who supersedes the instructions of their leader and the holy spirit, has no control and is operating in self.

Matthew 10:24 says, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.” In a movie I watched , there was a disciple who thought he was greater than his teacher. He felt this way because of constant reminders of being the chosen one, and he was different than any other student who received this particular training. He was very talented and skilled, yet he displayed great impatience, an inability to follow instructions, doubt, hurt, fear, anger, and many other emotional and prideful barriers. He broke commands and instructions on a regular basis and allowed his pride and ambitions to overrule what he knew was right. Because of his desire to be greater than his teacher, he erred tremendously and lost those dearest to him.

When our leader (either they are good or bad) give simple instructions for us to follow, we should do it. As long as the instructions are not against the Word of God, we should follow what is given. The greatest accomplish of being a leader is being an exceptional follower. The Lord desires that we walk in the ways of life, and be found faithful because he wants to establish us into our own work for him, but we can’t get it doing things our way.

David never attacked Saul and God raised him up. Samuel respected Eli and he began the school of the prophets. Hagar, Sarai’s made, was made to submit to Sarai (by the Lord) after harsh treatment. So, you see, your instructions and treatment has nothing to do with you personally, but it deals with the person on the inside.

Remember, Proverbs 15:32-33, “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”

BE BLESSED!

 

Great Sacrifice

Great Sacrifice

By: Bill Crowder

Hebrews 10:5-18

The Lord Jesus Christ . . . gave himself for our sins to rescue us. Galatians 1:3-4

W. T. Stead, an innovative English journalist at the turn of the 20th century, was known for writing about controversial social issues. Two of the articles he published addressed the danger of ships operating with an insufficient ratio of lifeboats to passengers. Ironically, Stead was aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. According to one report, after helping women and children into lifeboats, Stead sacrificed his own life by giving up his life vest and a place in the lifeboats so others could be rescued.

There is something very stirring about self-sacrifice. No greater example of that can be found than in Christ Himself. The writer of Hebrews says, “This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God . . . . For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Heb. 10:12,14 nkjv). In his letter to the Galatians, Paul opened with words describing this great sacrifice: “The Lord Jesus Christ . . . gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age” (Gal. 1:3-4).

Jesus’ offering of Himself on our behalf is the measure of His love for us. That willing sacrifice continues to rescue men and women and offer assurance of eternity with Him.

God of love and grace, words can never capture the wonder of the sacrifice that Christ offered on our behalf. May our love respond to You with faith and worship—for Your Son who was slain is worthy of our praise.

Jesus laid down His life to show His love for us.

There’s Healing in Submission

There is a place in our Christin walk where we all must make a decision to surrender our will over to the will of God. Submission is not a bad thing, in fact, submission is an opportunity to receive power, protection, elevation, and silencing foolishness. It is strongly encouraged to embrace submission in your life because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ submitted himself so until we are able to receive eternal life.

Enjoy this word, and I hope you will be blessed by this message

To Know is not to Know

i-knowThe word know according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means, to have (information of some kind) in your mind. According to the Oxford Dictionary, know means to have developed a relationship with someone through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with.

Throughout the course of my time of experiencing social media, I have come to realize many people make statements about peopleTLC-PF-II whom they assume to know. For example: if a famous singer or rapper is being heckled about something he/she has done, many fans began to take a defensive stance for the individual as if they know them. I was a huge fan of the Female group T.L.C. when I was younger. I listened to all of their songs. I tried to dress like them. I had all of their posters. I watched all of their interviews. I watched every live performance they scheduled on television, and if it was a later showing I would record it and watch it later. I read every article about them in the magazines. I even snuck into a hotel and waited for them in the lobby so I could meet them when they had a concert in my home town. I met them and even talked to them. I went to their concerts. I drew pictures of the group in which they autographed them personally for me. What I am saying is, I was a “HUGE” T.L.C. fan. As much as I followed that group, I only knew them based upon the knowledge I had attained over the years. When their documentary came out on VH1, I was shocked and said, “Wow I didn’t ‘know’ they went through all of that.”27ee551c6d46ea05fdc4a6fff94db04e

I started with that story to get to my point. Many of us know Christ, but yet we do not know Him. We go to church Sunday after Sunday. We listen to His music. We will even show up to an event if there is a preacher we like to hear attending the event, and get all excited about it. We will dress like a Christian. We will even read His word to see what He is talking about, or what saying we can adapt to use in order to sound like we may know Him. We will even follow some of the principles, but in the end, we only “know” Him based upon a knowledge which is in our minds. Matthew 7:22 says, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Many people who fall in this category are great fans of God, just like I was a great fan of T.L.C, but I did not have a relationship with them. Matthew 7:23no-trespassing-signs-at1 says, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” This scripture shows that many of us are doing things in the name of the Lord, but we do not know him intimately through a proper relationship. I dressed like T.L.C., and I even tried to act like them, but if I would have showed up at one of their homes, I would have been arrested for trespassing because as much as I would declare that I know them, they would call the cops on me and probably have me arrested because neither of them knows me personally.

Many of us have developed a “form” of Godliness based upon what we have seen and heard, but we have denied His power to change our lives because we do not have a relationship with Him. The Lord desires to know each and every one of us personally, and intimately. Casual followers cannot do great things for the Lord. Daniel 11:32b says, “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Those of us who move away from knowing God with the lips and mind, and press towards knowing HIM with the whole heart, will see the manifestation of God in their lives.

We are all being challenged to know the Lord in a very special way. This special way will cause us to repent and turn from our sins. Matthew 3:2

Jesus-touching-us-2Submit our will to the Lord, and learn HIS will. Matthew 6:33; James 4:7

Worship HIM in spirit and truth. John 4:27 (Worship is the key phase of knowing the Lord intimately because we are spending time with HIM.)

Obey HIM no matter what you have to suffer. Hebrews 5:8

Move from the place of being a fanatic of Christ, and become HIS friend. John 15:14-16

What we think we know about a person does not mean anything, if we have not spent time with them to learn what they like and dislike the most.

These are just a few steps to help us press closer to Christ. Those of us who are willing to know Christ by doing away with cognitive knowledge, and receiving a heart driven spiritual knowledge, will be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might. victory in christ

 

Launch Out

Many of us have been sitting on the banks of life, but God desires we thrust out a little further into the deep. We all can fish from the bank, but if you want to receive a great payload, you must go out into the deep.
We all can catch the Lord form the bank, but if you want to receive the fullness of the Lord you must launch out into the deep.

 

Walk In The Spirit

My Pastor R.J. Whitaker, Sr. of Victory Praise and Worship Center

Are you wrestling with doing right or wrong?
Do you wonder why you find yourself doing the opposite of what is right?
God has an answer for your struggle In HIS Word, and He has made a way of escape for you.
Galatians 5:16-17
Our daily lives must be under the control of God.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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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