Dt. 32:12 π Jdgs. 8:23 π Prov. 29:12 π Isa. 30:1 π Isa. 51:16 π Isa. 61:10 π Jn. 6:66 π Jn. 16:16 π 1 Cor. 11:3 π 1 Pet. 5:3 π 1 Jn. 2:27
“…Head of every man is Christ.” ( 1 Cor. 11:3; top ) Jesus is our true covering.
“Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” ( Isa. 30:1; top )
We would as Christians rather learn from other Christians than to search the Scripture for truth for ourselves. Because of this outlook, we as believers are often taught that we cannot trust our own ability to hear from the Lord, or understand Scripture, or order our own lives, but must take direction from other sources. This procedure promotes one group to lead another group, which ends up establishing a hierarchy within each group. And finally, each is submitted to someone else higher up the ladder of the hierarchy. Men wanting to rule over men, even in a religious setting, is a carnal example of Jesus’ shepherding of His flock. “If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.” ( Prov. 29:12; top )
Our Heavenly Father has been waiting for almost 2000 years for the perfection of His body, the Church, and we have failed God by refusing to be obedient to His counsel. All Christians are corporately guilty, but especially the leaders, who will be judged more harshly.
Contemporary Christianity has left out the necessary qualifications and procedures for developing true apostles, prophets evangelists, pastors, and teachers. As a result, the body of Christ is void of the unity and the power of the first church, plus the elimination of the end-time fulfillment of the manifestation of the true Sons of God. God be merciful to us. The attributes necessary for those who would be true models for the flock. ( 1 Pet. 5:3 : “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” - top) are available only through many deep dealings of the Lord, including dying to self, crucifying the flesh, and total surrender. Then, as living sacrifices, we will produce the travail necessary for the completion and perfection of His body, the Church.
In this surrendered walk, we will be wounded in the house of our friends and we will be void of banker’s hours, as we walk outside the camp, into the wilderness, until all we can hear is the voice: “Follow Me.” “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him.” ( Jn. 6:66; top )
His daily presence is to be our covering; even God’s leader, Moses, was not a covering, but took the wilderness training to qualify as an intercessor, which is not the opposite end of the spectrum for most of contemporary Christian leaders.
Isa. 61:10 : “…He has covered me.”
Dt. 32:12 : “…So the Lord alone did lead him.”
Isa. 51:16 : “…I have covered you.”
Jn. 16:16 : “…He will guide you into all truth.”
1 Jn. 2:27 : “…You do not need that any man should teach you.”
Jdgs. 8:23 : Gideon said, “I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.” (top)
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