FOLLOW THE LEADER: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST!!!
By Lisa Bell:
There are No Leaders of Christ Jesus but followers of Christ Jesus in Need of being Led, Guided, and Directed by the Indwelling of the Spirit, even the Holy Godhead; as the child of God remains in the Holy Scripture!!!
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).
Jesus left an example for His disciples on how to follow God, through the life He lived in human form as fully God and full man, written in the Gospels of the Holy Bible; as He always Acknowledged, Attributed, Followed, and Obeyed His Father’s Will in Heaven and Led by the Holy Spirit Always. We are to Follow the “True Leader” for Jesus did Nothing on earth without Following His Father’s Lead!!! Follow His Example and Follow Him:
The Holy Scripture Teaches, we Should Follow the Lord Jesus Christ’s Example, and we can do so through Following and Keeping the Words found in the Holy Word of God, the Holy Bible!!!
“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV).
Christ’s Example of Humility:
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:1-11).
I Am the True Vine:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love” (John 10:1-10 ESV).
Humankind was created and designed from the beginning to Look to God, Lean On God, and Learn from God that Nothing Good would be Withheld from Humankind, like Adam and Eve Once had in the Garden of Eden. No, Not as Mindless Wonders, Imps, Chimps, or Robots. But with intelligence and reasoning and the ability to choose as the Godhead Created Humankind. Surely, God hoped and desired that we would come to the knowledge that following His Lead because of the Abundant love He Showed and Shows, is the Wisest Choice Possible!!! Desiring to Live Independent of the Creator and Distant from God would Prove to be Very Unwise!!! Adam and Eve quickly found out that their desire to follow their own will and lead their own lives, would cost them a great deal: Constant and Full Peace, Joy, Protection, and Ending Blessings. For God Removed them both from their home in Paradise by their own Choosing and disobedience!!! Undoubtedly, desiring to lead their own lives, Cost them both a Great Deal and Many Regrets!!!
“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life”
The flesh is too easily puffed with pride and arrogance to lead itself; without God through Christ Jesus, humankind leading itself, is no more than the blind leading the blind that does not know the path of the wind; and that will soon fall into a ditch and self destruct while trying to lead without God!! King Solomon discovered, that the position that God gave him as king was merely as a follower of God and led by His Spirit. Even the Most Powerful and Strong and Intelligent have come to realize they are merely followers of God and needed to be led by Him!!!
Solomon Puts Human Leadership in its Proper Perspective and Context After Realizing Following God was far Greater and the Better Choice:
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14 NKJV).
Yet, humankind continues its endless quest for Power, Control, and Prominence set apart from God, only to discover they are blind, and can be no more than a follower of God and lead by His Spirit; If they are to ever obtain, Constant and Full Peace, Joy Protection, and Blessings. Unfortunately, this will never take place in full, and therefore, only will be found again by the Saved of the Church, in the Eternal Paradise Home called Heaven!!!
“Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14).
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him:
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”(Matthew 16:24-26 ESV).
The Holy Bible Teaches in the Old Testament for Our Learning To:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8).
Because humankind has not accepted that they are followers and needed to be lead, they will do anything imaginable to either strive to become a leader or drag down so-called leaders that they have deemed Disqualified to be a leader, in their arrogance and pride; be it literally or figuratively, in deep pride they will even go as far as forming a list that undoubtedly one themselves should be named among the first to be disqualified as leader on their own list, as a foul and bad odor and aroma from sin before the Lord God. Undoubtedly, this also applies to some of those that sit in their ivory tower of Bible Scholars, that look down at mere mortals claiming to know all of the mysteries and complexities of the Bible from the very mouth of God and criticizing mere underlings that could not possibly know anything or definitely not as much as they know!! Yeah Right!!!
Humankind in their unending quest to disqualify a so-called leader, because the leader’s perceived power and influence: will malign another’s character, spy, lie, slander, believe everything But the truth, backbite, back-stab, attempt to take a life, smear a good name, make endless attacks, and criticize another, all in the name of disqualifying a leader, because of their own jealousy and fear of being replaced or overshadowed by some looming so-called leader!!! This often mob mentality will crucify the one attacked for saying Ouch and let the guilty party go free who caused the Ouch!!! Moreover, Too Many in the “Church” for Many, Many, Many Years, First, Second, or Third Language is Unverified Gossip Swallowed Whole, Regurgitated and Passed On without Facts, No Matter the Position or Sphere of Influence!! Furthermore, In the Wrong Hands of a Gossips: A Prayer Request that Should be Treated Privately and Sacred, Unfolds Into a Gossip Circus Frenzy, Continuing on with Public Mockery, Full of False Accusations and Abusive and Degrading Name Calling, with No Truthful Basis!!! Yet, these Parties, Showing No Signs of having Any Guilt, Integrity, godly Character, Care, or Disregard for Who it might Damage and Cause Harm will then Go One Step Further and Try and Flip the Script; Regardless of a Brothers or Sister’s Fruit Inexplicably Showing to the Contrary!!! Often “the church” gossips about the leadership and workers-fruit bearers and allow the non-workers to go free!!!
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good”(1 Peter 2:1).
A Tree and Its Fruits
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-20).
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”
But of course God, the Creator knowing the outcome of leaders and their quests for power, recognition, and independent from Him, and the ones that attempt to disqualify them, did not designed us to lead but follow and depend on Him for these very reasons!!! In the Sight of God and the Lord Christ Jesus for those in Christ, there are only followers of Christ Jesus, in need of being Led by the Holy Spirit, even the Godhead!!! Jesus is the Only One that could and can Live Up to the title Leader!! Those who regardless, do make this claim, undoubtedly, God was right there, over and over to Catch them, through and through, regardless of any acknowledgement on his or her part!!! The Only One Who Calls the Shots in Heaven and Earth is the Lord Jesus Christ at the Exception of His Father, the Eternal Godhead!!!
For in Christ those Who are Dead Cannot Lead but the willing spirit will follow and Not attempt to live separate and apart from Him!!! Leadership for humankind was never part of the design of the designer, Yes, Even God the Creator, the Most High.
Put On the New Self:
The “Church” Must Realize and Practice, You Are Dead and the Dead Cannot Lead, but Are Followers of Christ Jesus and Led and By the Holy Spirit that Indwells in the Them:
Whatever gifts or talents given by God are to be used in the “church” are as followers of Christ Jesus led by the Holy Spirit!!! No Titles Need Apply!!!
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me…If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”(Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-4).
Make sure to end follower with Christ, because undoubtedly, there will be those that will not stay dead but defile their temple of God, with wickedness and fleshly thoughts, who will want the new title of Lead Follower or Head Follower!!!
It would great if the world would take away from the many trials and tribulations in the world today and the precious lives shortened because of the tremendous evil and wickedness fueled by the god of this world, Satan; attacks that renders the world helpless each time and brings each one of us to our knees; that theirs deaths would be less in vain, if the take away lesson or knowledge is: We All Need A Savior!! Willingly Choosing to be a follower of Christ Jesus Led by the Holy Spirit!!! Not because you are Weak and Dumb!! But, because You are Wise and Not Foolish!!! The Design of the world will not change; therefore, look to God, lean on Him, follow Him, and Learn from the Most High God, He Designed Humankind the This Way; it was and is His Great Pleasure and Joy when we do so!!! These Futile Attempts to Live Outside of God’s Will, Will Continue to Result and Sorrow and Pain in the End!!!
Be Ye A Follower of Christ Jesus Led By the Holy Spirit and Not being Desirous of Leading; But, Making More Disciples Who Also are a Follower of Christ Jesus Led By the Holy Spirit!!! Disciples are learners and followers!!!
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:18-20).
An Apostle: Paul a Follower of Christ Jesus and Led by the Holy Spirit, Found in the Holy Bible Said We Are To:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).
Persecution Will Come:
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household (Matthew 10:24-39).
Be Of Good Cheer:
Those whose Hearts are Weary and Broken: Our Leader, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has Overcome the World. For Jesus has Overcome: Sin, Satan, and Death!!! Jesus knows “The Way” to the Sons and Daughters of God’s Eternal Paradise Home, and Will Lead His Church Home Forever When He Returns!!! Those that have Died in Christ Jesus You Shall See Again in Heaven!!!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Frances J. Crosby, 1873
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
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