Follow the Leader

July 15, 2001 AM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

Turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Numbers. Numbers chapter eleven.

This morning we want to talk about something that's very, very important among the body of Christ. And it's very, very important for those who will lead God's people.

In Numbers chapter eleven we find Moses in a predicament. The children of Israel are longing for their own life. Hallelujah. They're remembering (glory to God) those things that were in Egypt that tickled and pleased their flesh.

They cried unto Moses and they exclaimed that, "We are tired. We are tired of this manna that has fallen from heaven. Give us meat to eat. We remember the days when we were back in Egypt when we used to eat of the garlic and the onions (glory to God) freely. We remember when we were able (glory to God) to tickle our flesh whenever we wanted to."

Moses began to get upset, because the people were so great in number. So Moses gave God a plan. In chapter eleven and verse sixteen, it said,

16. And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.

17. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear them burden of the people (Let me say that again. They shall what? Bear the burden of the people) with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

In verse twenty-four, it said,

24. And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

25. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we have come into this house to exclaim and proclaim that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God, the Father. We didn't come for no form or fashion, Lord God. But we came to lift up the Name of Jesus.

Father, I thank You for the Anointing that removes burdens and destroys yokes. Hide Your servant behind the cross, God, that Your people would see You and not me. Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. And let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Now Satan, we command you to be bound. We command you to loose your hold on God's people. In Jesus holy and blessed Name. Amen.

It is totally Biblical for there to be an impartation of one person's spirit to another person's spirit. God planned... Glory to God. He placed Moses' spirit upon the seventy elders. Why? To bear the burden of the people.

God could have easily (glory to God) placed another anointing. God could easily have place another spirit. But that's what's wrong with the body of Christ today. Everybody's got their own spirit. Everybody's got their own agenda. Everybody's got their own vision. Oh, I feel the Glory of God all over me today.

He said, "I'm not going to give them another spirit, because it'll only cause confusion." He said, "I'm not going to give them another spirit." I feel the Holy Ghost all over me today. "Because it's only going to cause contention. I'm not going to give them another spirit, because it's going to cause warfare among the people. They won't know who to follow."

In the body of Christ today, there's a problem. Everybody's got their own spirit. Oh, you don't hear me today. Everybody's got their own agenda. Everybody's got their own special talent. Everybody's got their own special gift. This is the word He gave me today. Get in the line with the spirit of your pastor.

He said, "Find seventy." I feel the Holy Ghost all over me. He said, "Find seventy of the elders whom you know that be the elders of the people." He didn't say, "Just find anybody." He said, "Find the ones that you know." You don't hear me today. He didn't say, "Go get Joe Blow."

He said, "Find the ones that you know that have the strength that I've given to you, that have the mentality that I've given to you, that have the tenacity and the intensity that I have given unto you."

He could have easily given them another spirit. Somebody's getting a revelation here. Oh, hallelujah. But he gave them the spirit of their pastor. Give God a handclap of praise in this place today.

So they did what the Lord told them to do. But how many of you know just because people receive your spirit, it doesn't mean they're going to follow instructions? Oh, you don't hear me today. In verse twenty-six, it said,

26. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them...

Now wait a minute. They got the same spirit that Moses had. It rested upon them.

26. ...and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

Wait a minute. If I step on your toes, let me step on them a little bit harder. They had their own agenda, didn't they? God gave them specific instructions. Excuse me. But they had their own plan in mind. God said, "Don't prophesy within the camp." He said, "Go outside the camp." Oh, you don't hear me today. They had in their mind the way they thought it should go. They had in their mind the way they wanted to do it.

Let me tell you something. I've been in this ministry for twelve years, and I've only been pastoring a couple of them. Some people got the notion that all they can do is get that anointing overnight, and you got it. Baby, you ain't got it yet. Know all about the Spirit. You don't know nothing about the Spirit. All you know is that you got your own agenda.

It's a hard word, but it's a true word. Get in line with the vision. Don't have me come and looking for you. You come looking for me.

He anointed seventy. But let me tell you what else happened. Look in verse twenty-seven.

27. And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

28. And Joshua the son of Nun, (in verse twenty-eight) the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

He expected Moses to jump out at them. But Moses recognized the spirit that was in them. Oh, you don't hear me today. He said (glory to God),

29. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake?

Wait a minute. "You're coming to tell me, but you don't have the right spirit." It's tight, but it's right. "You're coming to tell me, but I'm not upset about it. You're upset about it."

Joshua said, "Lord, forbid them."

Moses said, "Wait a minute. You don't have to be jealous for my sake. Because everybody that gets your spirit is not going to follow instructions."

Oh, let me say that again. Everybody that gets your spirit , everybody that gets your spirit, everybody, Prophetess Deanna, that gets your spirit, everybody, Minister Gaul, that get's your spirit is not going to follow instructions. They're going to do it the way they want to do it.

Moses was a man of much wisdom. He understood that of all that the Lord had called to come, to get anointed with his spirit, he did the math, sixty eight out of seventy ain't bad.

Listen to me. When you see me around here loving on folks, I love on them right where they are. I know how they are. But I'm in my prayer closet to change how they are. See, the problem comes when pastors begin to get upset, and that flesh gets to rising. And even though you chose seventy, only sixty-eight were mature enough to do what they were supposed to do.

But if he went out and he lashed out at them, Elder Tucker, then it would have caused more warfare than was already there.

When you're in a place of authority, you've got to learn how to use wisdom. You want to know why people leave churches hurt? Because most of the time the pastor didn't act in wisdom. The Bible says the sheep will grow up with the goats. They'll be all together. And every now and then a goat will turn into a sheep.

He chose seventy. And out of the seventy, two of them were immature.

In Second Kings chapter two... Will you go there with me? Second Kings chapter two and verse nine. It says,

9. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

10. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

The reason he said that was this: if you were able to see me when I go up, that meant that you were in a place of maturity. Let me say that again. If you were able to see me when I went up, that went that you were mature enough to get a double... Oh, you don't hear me today. get a double portion of my spirit. But if you're not mature enough, you won't be able to see me.

That's why he said, "You asked a hard thing." Do you know what place he had to be in order to get a double portion of Elijah's spirit? He had to know the spirit in and out. He had to hear from God every single moment of the day. There was no time for his flesh. There was no time to tickle his flesh because he had to do double the miracles that Elijah did. He didn't have time for foolishness.

Don't ask for a double portion of nothing, unless you know what your asking for. Many people have asked for a double portion of many women of God's spirit, and they had no idea of what they'd been through. And as soon as the storm started raging in their life a little bit, as soon as the cloud forms, and the rain ain't even fell yet, they start hollering and screaming and crying and kicking. But they want a double portion. Who am I to in this house today?

He wanted a double portion of Elijah's spirit. But he had to be mature enough to receive it. Some of us just want our ministry, but you're not mature enough to get it yet. And you don't want to follow Elijah until that day. Let me say that again. You don't want to follow Elijah until that day. Let me say it one more time. I don't think you got it yet. You don't want to follow Elijah until that day.

He didn't go before Elijah. He came after Elijah. That is so awesome. He already had the mantle. Because in the first part of it, the Bible said that when Elijah passed by Elisha when he was out with the oxen doing what he was doing, the Bible said Elijah passed, cast his mantle on him.

Wait a minute. "I got the mantle." But you ain't got the spirit. You got to have the spirit to go along with the mantle. They worked together. If you don't have the spirit, you wind up going out there being reckless, because you don't know what operates in the mantle.

Putting a spirit from one anointed vessel to another is Biblical. Go with me to Luke chapter one. In Luke chapter one, verse twelve, it said,

12. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zhacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

16. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

Wait a minute. Look at verse seventeen.

17. And he shall go before him in the (what?) spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

He proclaimed the birth of John the Baptist. But John the Baptist would come with the spirit of Elijah. The spirit of Elijah was being birthed back into the earth in John the Baptist.

But how many of you know what Elijah went through? I'm fixing to give somebody a revelation. The Bible said that Elijah ran from who? Jezebel. Jezebel caused him much, much turmoil. Jezebel put fear in the man of God's heart. Jezebel was controlling, conniving, and she was even a murderer. You don't hear me yet.

The spirit of Jezebel has come into the church today. Jezebel wants to pretend like she's under submission. But all she's after is control. When we talk about Jezebel, most of the time (glory to God) we think about a woman. But Jezebel spirit is a "it" spirit. It can jump in a man, and it can jump in a woman also.

Jezebel ain't the caked up lipstick on somebody's mouth. Jezebel ain't the short skirt that somebody's wearing. Jezebel is a spirit sent to take out the man of God.

When we think about Jezebel, we can't help but to think about Ahab, her husband. Let me tell you about him. Ahab was a hen pecked husband. His wife had all of the control over everything. And he couldn't do nothing except he checked with his wife first.

But yet and still, he was the king. Oh, you don't hear me today. His wife wore the pants that he was supposed to be wearing. But since Ahab couldn't get control in his own house, Ahab undermined every woman that's in authority outside of his house. Ahab has a problem with every woman that's over him.

In the body of Christ, they can't stand for a woman to be over them. Why? Because they have an Ahab spirit. And at home, they won't want to try to control nothing. The woman has control in the house. And when she says, "Jump," Ahab says, "How high?" He's intimidated by her. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost today. If you got a Jezebel, you got to have an Ahab running around somewhere.

I remember a time, old times, when the woman would take care of the stuff at the house, and the man, he would go off to work. But even though she was there at the house, when that husband came home, it was all about him. You don't hear me today. When that man came home, all she wanted to know was, "How was your day? How was it going on your job?" You don't hear me yet. She understood the order of the house, "God, my husband, then me, then my children."

Now it's the wife. It's the children. My, God, maybe God might get in there somewhere. And Lord forbid the husband should have any control at all. It's a Jezebel and Ahab spirit. And it's in the body of Christ.

So there was a Jezebel that tormented Elijah. There would also be a Jezebel that would torment John the Baptist. Do you hear what I'm saying? If the spirit of Elijah came back into the earth, then the spirit of Jezebel came back into the earth, because Satan wanted to do something to counteract what God was doing.

In the book of Mark (go there with me) chapter six... This is what He gave me today. In Mark chapter six, looking at verse seventeen, when they heard about Jesus, they thought that He was John the Baptist coming back from the dead. But let me tell you this little story in verse seventeen. It said,

17. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' (Jezebel, for Jezebel's) sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.

18. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

He sounds like Elijah, telling people about sin, doesn't he?

19. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; (Herodias was Herod's wife) but she could not:

20. For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

21. And when a convenient (or a strategic) day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;

22. And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

23. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.

24. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

When we look at Jezebel, Herodias was her twin sister. She came with the same spirit that Jezebel had. Jezebel told Elijah that, "I'm going to take you out." And when we look at what Herodias did, she took out John the Baptist.

If you are going to get an Elijah anointing, you better look out for Jezebel. Let me say it again. If you are going to get an Elijah anointing, you better look out for Jezebel, because she's on her way, or it's on it's way to take you out.

There are many women that carry that Elijah anointing also. You better look out for Jezebel, because she's coming after you too. She don't discriminate. She's bisexual.

Listen. God has called people to this ministry, to get this Elijah anointing. But when you get it, you better keep your eyes open, because Jezebel is after you. Jezebel wants to destroy you. Jezebel wants your head on a silver platter.

When you look at Baptist churches a lot of times... And I don't want to say Baptist, but traditional churches, it seems like they flourish with people. Because what you do behind closed doors, can't nobody see it no way.

You want to know why prophetic ministries grow so slowly? Because everybody don't want somebody in their business. There's a difference.

In Columbus, Georgia, there are ministries here that have a counterfeit Elijah ministry. Up front they'll minister to you, but in the back they'll burn candles against you. Oh, it's tight, but it's right.

But in a real Elijah anointed ministry, everybody eventually is going to be able to see something. And if you're truly seeking the Lord, ain't nothing's going to be able to be hid. You don't hear me today. God will give somebody a dream about it. Oh, you don't hear me. You can't tell the people to do right, and you ain't trying to do right.

The seventy... I feel Jesus in this house today. They had Moses' spirit. In these last days, you'll see Jezebel all over the place. But there was a man of God in Second Kings nine. And his name was Jehu. If you're going to carry the Elijah anointing, you'd better have a Jehu somewhere.

In chapter nine, verse twenty-one, through verse twenty-six, it said,

21. And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made read. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.

22. And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

23. And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah.

24. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot.

25. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the Lord laid this burden upon him;

26. Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the Lord; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the Lord. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the Lord.

Jezebel has soldiers that want to make peace with you. They want you to close your eyes to what's really going on.

In verse thirty-one through verse thirty-three, it said,

31. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

32. And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side?, Who? And there looked out to him two of three eunuchs.

33. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.

34. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is king's daughter.

35. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet ,and the palms of her hands.

36. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the field in the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:

37. And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

If you are going to carry this Elijah anointing, then you better have a Jehu around you. Jehu had no fear about Jezebel. You see, I'm not the type of person (glory to God) that's got to have somebody to help me, because I'm the type of person that'll do it all by myself if I have to.

So being that type of person, I not only want God to give me that Elijah anointing; I wanted God to give me that Jehu anointing, so that when Jezebel comes in the place, I don't get fearful and turn tail, and run away. I can (glory to God) trample her under feet myself.

This is what I'm trying to explain to you. There are words that are preached from a pulpit, and they're like a puzzle. And as you get the pieces of the puzzle, you begin to put the puzzle together.

But sometimes we get a little itch, and we want to do the thing before the puzzle is complete. Get all the pieces first, and put the puzzle together. And once you've put it together, then you'll be mature enough to do the thing that God has called you to do.

Give God a handclap of praise today.

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