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Rules to Remember

June 1

"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of GOD: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."  Hebrews 13:7

"... our issue is never leadership, but follership"





Though pride hobbles our willingness to accept it, the powers that be in our lives are hand picked of GOD.  This especially includes the spiritual authority in HIS Church: "And HE gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST:" ... as well as civil powers over us at all levels of government: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of GOD: the powers that be are ordained of GOD."  In HIS omniscient awareness of our bent to rationalize rebellion, HE also includes this counsel from Peter's first letter: "Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."  If it is true that no powers exist outside the perfect will of GOD, then our issue is never leadership, but follership; and so far as we are not directed to disobey HIM, we are commanded to obey them.

The writer of Hebrews offers us three excellent reasons to remember, in particular, those best rulers GOD places over us:

  1. Rulers Have A Plan ~ "... the word of GOD:"

  2. Rulers Have A Path ~ "... whose faith follow"

  3. Rulers Have A Place ~ "... considering the end of their conversation."

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."  Our heart makes for a wanton navigator, and an even worse chauffeur!  If left at the wheel long enough, it is certain to steer us head long into Hell.  "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:"  JESUS beckons us to abandon the vehicle of the flesh at the Cross-road, and go it afoot, stepping through the "strait gate: ... which leadeth unto life,"

The Bible provides a most accurate 'Profit and Boss' statement for the rule we choose to follow ... The pressing question for today is: What does your spiritual portfolio reveal about your follership? 

"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." 

For Love of Country
Congress of the United States of America (March 27, 1854)
(report of Mr. Meacham of the House Judiciary Committee)
"At the adoption of the Constitution ... every State ... provided as regularly for the support of the Church as for the support of the Government ...
Down to the Revolution, every colony did sustain religion in some form.  It was deemed peculiarly proper that the religion of liberty should be upheld by a free people.  Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle."

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