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Follow The Leader and LEAD!

 

On Sunday morning of July 6 of 2014,  Holy Spirit spoke out the WOE below to our congregation. It was God “coaching” us; His tone seemed to be the same as a crowd cheering, “Go! Go! Go!”

“Follow the leader
as far as the Word takes him.
Husbands lead your wives.
Wives follow your husbands
as far as The Word takes him.
In turn, your children will follow…
Therefore, follow your leader
only as far as the Word takes him.
The Word is a lamp;
it will show you where to go.
The Light ~you take it in
and you become the light.
Jesus is your light; He is your Word.
He is The lamp~
He shows you where to go.
Follow the leader
as far as the Word takes him.”
(WOE: 14-0706A)

Ever feel like a lone runner? The commentary in The Voice Bible for Hebrews 12 says: “We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn…God ‘disciplines’ His ‘disciples’…if we are honest with ourselves and confess our own faults, we will find in Scripture, …that we have much in common with many broken saints of the past. But we must not stay broken. We must follow their path to transformation through repentance and faith. Repentance means a change of heart, a change of mind, and ultimately a change of how we live. God’s grace comes to us and enables us to turn away from sin and to turn back to Him.”

Ever think of God as a Coach? The Living Letters’ commentary for Hebrews 12:12,13 calls Him a “demanding coach who pushes us to our limits”. Chapter twelve speaks about the discipline it takes to “finish the race” and of the faithful ‘runners’ who completed the previous races winning the Gold! It speaks of how as we follow their examples of faith we, too, will win in the end by drawing our strength from “Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher ” (v.2,AMP).

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Faith is the only race worth running. Run to the finish, believing all the way! (2Tim.4:7)

Ever think of yourself as a lead runner? God’s Word does not just speak to us about our personal race; it speaks of our responsibility to the other runners following us towards the finish line. It stands to reason if we are runners following after Christ, we are also leaders for those running behind. Hebrews is a letter of hope; it encourages us to withstand the discipline training of God which always results in “a quiet grace and character”. God’s training gives us the strength to “take a new grip” and keep us “firm on shaky legs” for our race, but in turn gives hope to “those who follow, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong” and continue running their race. It’s called team-effort!

Ever read Hebrews 12? I encourage you to read it today, perhaps with a quiet discipline? Its ‘coaching’ about holy living may give you a fresh wind at your back to help you lead the team around that next obstacle in the path and get enough momentum to jump over that next hurdle!

“…let us please God
by serving him with thankful hearts
…with holy fear and awe.
For our God is a consuming fire.”
~Heb.12:28,2

SOURCES:
All quotes from TLB unless otherwise noted. 
Living Bible
(TLB) 
The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
The Voice (VOICE) The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.
The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Bible Gateway 

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