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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 3, 2011 - Following Godly Leaders

By Greg Ebie

How good are you at following instructions? Throughout the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses not only reminded the nation of Israel of how God had been with them in the past, but Moses also instructed the people in God’s law with practical directions for how to fulfill the requirements God had given to them. Moses knew it would be one thing for Israel to know what God expected and another for them to know how to obey.

“Appoint judges and officers, organized by tribes, in all the towns that God, your God, is giving you. They are to judge the people fairly and honestly. Don’t twist the law. Don’t play favorites. Don’t take a bribe — a bribe blinds even a wise person; it undermines the intentions of the best of people. The right! The right! Pursue only what’s right! It’s the only way you can really live and possess the land that God, your God, is giving you” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20, The Message).

Unfortunately, this is one instruction the nation of Israel did not follow after they took possession of the land. While they had Joshua as the appointed leader to bring them into the Promised Land, no leaders were appointed after Joshua as Moses had instructed to continue to lead them with the wisdom of God. Instead of pursuing only what was right as directed by godly leaders, the people did what seemed right in their own minds. This mistake cost the people greatly as the years went by.

What about us? Have we made the same mistake? Are we trying to do what we think is right, or do we have appointed leaders over our lives who will help to direct and guide us according to God’s Word?

Our culture increasingly rejects any and all authority. Yet as Christians, if we are going to recognize God’s ultimate authority over our lives, then we must also accept those in authority God has put into our lives. It begins with our parents, but doesn’t end there. It includes people like pastors, but it doesn’t end there either.

Even as a pastor, I need people I can look to for wisdom and instruction; I need people who will hold me accountable and won’t be swayed by popular opinion or a bribe. God doesn’t want us to try to make it on our own; He appoints godly people to help us discern the steps we should take.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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