KNOW YOUR PLACE


HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

A WOMAN’S PLACE IN THE CHURCH

Although Miriam was Moses’ elder sister and leader of the women of Israel, she was a casualty of God’s judgment in the wilderness. It is instructive to note that an individual occupying such a sensitive position could not escape God’s judgment when she goofed. For speaking against Moses, God struck her with leprosy. It took the intercession of Moses to reduce her sentence to one week; otherwise, she might have died a leper (Numbers 12:13-15).

From this example, every man should know their place and learn never to speak against God’s servants. The more anointed they are, the more dangerous it is to offend them. If, Psalm 105:14-15 is anything to go by, God does not permit anyone to harm His anointed. If God’s anointed offends you, apart from telling the fellow directly, you can report the fellow to God who anointed him or her, and God surely knows how to deal with the anointed.

Never take it upon yourself to speak evil of God’s anointed, and never attempt to cause such a fellow harm. If you do, God may have to defend His anointed against you. Anyone fighting God’s anointed is fighting God who anointed him or her, and with God, this can get very personal.

Our God is a God of structure, order, and government. From the example of Miriam in the wilderness, we understand that God follows the spiritual order of authority when judging His anointed servants. To this end, God expects his younger ministers to be submissive to higher spiritual authority. We should also learn that our God is a God of justice who will judge any highly anointed person who tries to take advantage of those under him or her. Are you highly anointed of God? God has placed you as a role model to those under you; you should therefore not misbehave because you are occupying a high ecclesiastical office.

Don’t abuse your spiritual authority by cruelly lording yourself over your subordinates and making unreasonable demands. If your subordinate is right in a matter, God will judge you, the superior who has done wrong. This can be inferred from the case of David and Uriah (2 Samuel 11-12).

Today, many believers are suffering in several ways for fighting, opposing, obstructing and gossiping about God’s anointed. It is unfortunate that most people affected by this are not even aware of it. It’s time to deal with your problems at their root. Consider your attitude toward God’s anointed today.

It is not what you want and what you think should be the role. First and foremost, you did not make the selection, nor did you anoint that person to serve in that capacity. Who are you to make a judgement against those that the Lord has anointed? Maybe you should consider if you have any authority to act or to stand in the gap. David had many opportunities to take out king Saul, but it was not in his place to do so. Next time you get on your Balaam donkey, consider you are going up against.

Memorise:
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1 Corinthians 2:15

Read:
Numbers 12:1-10

Ponder on these points and learn a lesson:
Examine yourself to see if you are suffering in any way as a result of your attitude towards God’s anointed. If you are, repent and restitute your ways.

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