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As I was writing this devotion, I asked the Lord to help me choose my words wisely because as pastor, I always want to make sure that my heart and mind are in keeping with God’s will. In my pastorate, I have discovered that there are those with a spirit of rebellion. I don’t know how to say this without sounding judgement or self-righteousness. However, I believe that God has called us to honor those whom He has placed as His vessels to shepherd His flock. In no way, does that mean that leaders are without fault. However, we should honor those where honor is due. God has given us pastors after His own heart. Every pastor and every spiritual leader ought to obey the Lord. More importantly, those who seek to honor God must never have a spirit of rebellion. The Word of God is clear as in Hebrews 13:17 reads:

 “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.”

The writer speaks of divine leadership. One has to accept the preaching of the Word of their leaders, rather than to be led by strange teachings. God has given authority over the flock to those who proclaim the Word. Part of the believer’s responsibility is to serve with humility, while loving and supporting their shepherd. When the shepherd is out of line, God will deal with them. Always serve with kindness and respect. Those who proclaim the Word of God have an awesome responsibility. Let me put a disclaimer here: as you serve and respect your leader, it does not mean one is a rubber stamp. There is a way to disagree in love. You cannot do it in love if you have a spirit of rebellion. Prayerfully, pastor, preacher or laity will always have the Spirit of God.

Hebrews 13:17 (NLT)