Hebrews 13:7-9 by Pastor Don Moore
Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome oftheir conduct.
There are spiritual imitations in the world. We need to discern who the person we are following is ruled by. People who rule over us should be following Him, we follow THEIR FAITH, not the person. No one can put themselves over you. You can put yourself UNDER somebody. Someone has to subjugate themselves and say, “I give authority to you.”
The Jewish Temple priests held authority. The Catholics tried to imitate that kind of authority. Martin Luther broke that authority.
Our American spirit does not do well being supervised. It seems to be the natural instinct for us to defend ourselves and rebel. The Church of Africa does not have that kind of authority issue because they are used to a matriarch, a patriarch, or tribal authority. They yield themselves. The Latin American church also is yielded.
The culture the author of Hebrews is speaking about is the early church which was under the apostolic order. Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead for lying to the congregation.
We want to submit to the authority of our leaders for they have gone before you. Remember those who are ahead of you, who speak the Word of God, mimic their faith for they are bearing fruit in front of your eyes. This gives us a better understanding of what we are facing.
Responsibility gives the person the authority. When authority is exercised you do need to ask yourself, where does that authority come from? If the pastor or the person in authority over you is doing something that does not line up with the Word of God we need to question them about that.
God placed His Word above Himself. If God is doing something that seems contrary to His Word, it is possible that we do not have the whole picture.
Our pastors do not need to tell us everything that God is showing them. If our pastor is under God’s authority, we need to find out if there is something that we are not seeing, and are we misunderstanding. Respectfully we can question the person we are under the authority of.
Pick a person and put yourself under the respect of their office, following their FAITH. This should be someone that you have watched and seen that they are faithful to God, to His calling, to His responsibility. Are they faithful? Do they know they are to serve?
A good example is Bartimaeus. The disciples tell him to shut up and not bother their master. Yet Jesus had the time and faithfulness to heal his blind eyes.
Notice how we treat each other and the outcome of their conduct.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This sentence seems to come out of nowhere, but if we look at it in context, it makes sense.
We looked back at Hebrews 13:4-7 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
All of these verses point out that the one we should be imitating is Jesus Christ. And He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What was expected from Him yesterday and today, we can expect tomorrow. Jesus is faithful.
Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
Do not be distracted by weird stuff. There is a key that will open each person’s heart but only God knows the key. You can’t reach people, but God can. If there is no lock for the key, they are not to be saved.
Pastor Don spoke about one of his band members who refused to listen to the Gospel. Pastor Don played teaching tapes in the car, laid out tracts and books for the person in strategic locations, spoke to the person, and the person resisted. Finally Pastor Don gave up and told God that God would have to reach that person, he couldn’t do anything. Pastor Don was reading a book on end times prophecy and the person was intrigued. Asked Pastor Don if he could read the book. Came back the next day and asked for a similar book. Then came and told Pastor Don that he had asked Jesus into his heart – Pastor Don was surprised at how that had happened (glad) but a bit surprised that God did it so easily after he had worked so hard to try and reach the person.
With most people we have to find out what made people close the door. Most people have a father wound, they rejected the Lord because they felt God had rejected them. Ask them what was their church like when they were a child? Help people get to the truth and have them question what they believe that does not line up with the Word of God.
When they are believing something that is not biblical, ask them, why do you believe that? Why does God get the credit for the bad things in your life? Many people make God in their image or into the image of what someone has told them He is like, but that is not who God is.
If you are having good fortune why do you attribute it to luck when, if you are having bad stuff in your life it is an act of God? Who told you that when your child died it was because God took him? Who told you God wanted that bad thing to happen to you?
Paul’s thorn in the flesh is not what people think it is. When God says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” That did not mean that God wanted Paul to suffer. Who taught you that? What makes you think that is the way God works?
In verse 9 it tells us that our heart is to be established by grace. Grace implies empowerment, empowerment to do something. Our words put us out of position to exercise grace. We tell ourselves that we can’t do something. Yet, God empowers us and we do have the ability to do something. God’s grace strengthens our inner man so that we can do something about our lives. We want to develop our inner man so that we can have the strength to do what is best for us. There is only one way to do that.
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy
To prophesy is to speak forth the Word of God.
1 Corinthians 14:2-3 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
We speak the Word of God to edify and exhort men, edification means to build up and give knowledge. To strengthen ourselves we need to speak God’s Word over ourselves – OUTLOUD. Then you hear it. It also puts the devil on notice.
When you are speaking with our mouth words of prophesy (God’s words) out loud, there is no space in your mind for the negative thoughts. Our minds and mouths cannot speak two separate things. We can’t say two sentences at the same time. If our mouths are speaking God’s Words (prophesies) then there is no room for the devil to speak. When we speak the Word of God we are building ourselves up: signs, words, mysteries, the Word of God. It doesn’t even matter what Word of God you are speaking. The shortest verse, “Jesus wept.” if you say that will work, just as long as it is in the Bible.
Those two simple words, “Jesus wept” have enough power to change the World. We have to be focused on what we are prophesying, must be connected to it, not disconnected. It is a tool that God has given us to help us focus.
1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Tongues builds up the inner man. We can also speak the Word of God. But if we can’t gather our thoughts to prophesy, we can speak in an unknown tongue. There is no other way to build up the inner man.
1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
We need to believe this by faith. We are going to have to believe that we are going to do something that seems nonsensical and it will do what God says, build our inner man up.
If we want to build our muscles up, we can begin to gain strength by picking up something with weight to it, like a chair (Pastor Don used a chair in the room as an example). You can’t believe your muscles are going to be built up in the natural by thinking about lifting up the chair, you have to lift it up, and you have to lift it up more than once or twice. You need to consistently lift up the chair to build your muscles.
Believers pray in tongues at church or if it comes to mind, but if we want to build up our spiritual life and our inner man we need to make it a point to pray in tongues. We want to continue to build our inner man so that he becomes strong. The Spirit is what we are building up. To build our Spirit up, do we not have to do something spiritual, do something of faith? Faith is spiritual. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Therefore it makes perfect sense to do something that makes no sense to our logical mind. We do spiritual things that make so sense to correct our minds. We do it by faith. Believe that because God says it will, it is so, and that’s why it works.
In the latter dispensation we need a way for all people to get out of carnality so that the Holy Spirit can fill. In the Old Testament the prophet would ask, “Get me a minstrel” so that he could get out of his head so that he could be the voice of God. We must learn to do that in our private inner sanctuary. To shut down our minds so that we are spiritually more adept, etc. Prepare ourselves before life begins to mess with us. Life is life and this is the only weapon we have tongues and the Word of God.
Praying this teaching blesses you.
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