Over All Things - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Over All Things

 

April 13

 

Read Ephesians 1:22-23 (ESV)

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Reflect

Who is really in charge of the church?

 

If you were to take a poll asking who makes the rules regarding the church you would get a wide variety of answers. The Pope? The head of each separate denomination? The local board of elders? The head pastor?

 

But the question really shouldn’t be that hard to answer. The answer is Jesus Christ. According to Paul in today’s verse, God placed Jesus as the head of His church. God gave Jesus authority “over all things” regarding His church. All things are beneath His sovereignty. Paul reiterates this just as clearly in Colossians 1:18: “And he is the head of the body, the church…”.

 

I often see headlines that read as if human beings are in charge of the church. They say things like “The Pope Has Declared…” or “Leadership Announces the Church’s Stance on…”. Certainly, church structure has leadership and that leadership is responsible for making decisions on behalf of the body of Christ. But church leadership is under the authority of Jesus Christ. As members of the body of Christ, we are all under His authority.

 

Friends, Christ is the head of the church. He is the ultimate authority. Through His Word, He has revealed His will for the church. We should already know where the church should stand on the issues that it faces. Whether you are in a place of leadership in the Christian community or not, you are under the authority and headship of Jesus Christ. He is head over all things and all people.

 

Pray

Jesus, I submit to Your authority in my life. I pray that You would direct the decisions of those who are in leadership positions. Give them the courage to follow Your Word and Your will regarding the issues that face the church today. Give them wisdom and discernment to lead effectively and righteously. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Lord Jesus You are the head of my life. Continue to lead me and bring me to where You are spiritually, I welcome the attention You pay to me so lead me Lord Jesus.
Father as in The Beginning when You chose to take human form as a man known as Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It is from that day Jesus was is and remains The Head of The Only Church, as given unto Peter The "Keys" that the evil one can never touch. Father You know all and nations are hurting, Your children are hurting, I Praise You and Thank You for being our Solid Rock The Foundation in which we build within You Jesus. Lord I Pray that You will bring healing to all of us Your children in need. For I Trust in Your every word. I Believe Father I still believe because You are alive within me/us. Just give me Jesus there's nothing I can find or do that I can't find in You. Thank You Lord for Your Faithfulness in Jesus Mighty name Amen
Dear Lord, keep me faithful and true to you and your Word only. You are the ultimate authority, give me wisdom and knowledge. My leadership is under the authority of You, Jesus Christ.
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*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER; JESUS + HOLY SPIRIT; ARCHANGELS+SAINTS HELP TO SUBMIT TO YOUR AUTHORITY TO YOUR CHURCH; INJESUSNAME: AMEN;okay*
Thank you Lord and for Pastor Nat. Keep him obedient in your Word so we may hear the truth according to Godly inspiration. Help the leaders and heads of state to do and see what they must while we wait for all things to come about as is written in the Holy Bible. Help us to be strong and encourage one another being a help whenever needed. In Jesus name I pray Amen
God had set Christ over the body of the church, therefore Jesus is the head of the church. Jesus gave Peter the keys of the church, where the gates of hell can not touch.
Thank you for the teaching today. I follow those who follow Christ including leadership.
Thank you Pastor for opening our eyes we need this word today please keep up the good work amen
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Lord Jesus, you are the head of the church. We follow You. Any entity that does not place You first, please judge.
Jesus you are everything amen
Jesus, You are the head, not the tail, You are the beginning and the end. I am under Your complete authority. The Pastor of my Church should lead by Your example and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I pray for him and our church and churches everywhere. In Your mighty name Jesus I pray, Amen.
Amen Amen
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Our Bible is very clear about the leading role of a High Priest of the Order of Melchizedek being in charge of the new convent church of God,. The Bible is also very clear that Jesus is the Messiah and High Priest of this church - the body of believers that spans all time. As clearly described in Heb and Rev, God’s church is under the firm control of the Resurrected Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...Amen!!!!
Amen
Amen.
Jesus is the head of the church because he founded it and died for it and rose from the dead to lead it forever. He uses the Holy Spirit, the Bible and his people to run his church. Jesus stands for truth, righteousness and love. Leaders have to keep these three together at all times. When it fails to represent Jesus it errors in one or more of the three. Church leaders must pray, read scripture and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when leading Jesus’ church. Jesus your will be done in your body the church. Amen
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you 💓💓💓
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Amen can't wait to ask the pastor and deacons this question, see what they say.
Amen.🙏🏻❤
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Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Amen, without Gods word therefore we would not have no churches to rule over. No humans, but God the almighty have leadership over all people.