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By Pastor Leon

Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., ...

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Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., Hiebert is semi retired and lives in Andover with his wife, Sharon. He is a school bus driver for USD 385, Andover, Kansas.

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By Pastor Leon
April 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.



Scripture:   1Samuel 10:7  Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.  

8  Go down ahead of me to Gilgal.  I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.  (NIV)

Observation:   Samuel had told Saul that the Spirit of the Lord would come powerfully upon him and he would be changed.  Then there was freedom for Saul to do whatever his “hand finds to do.”  Yet that freedom came with limitations.  He was to wait for Samuel seven days when Samuel would bring some specific instructions. 

Application:    I rejoice in the freedom I have in the Lord!  I am free to evaluate situations and do what I believe would best honor Him.  But my freedom is within the specific boundaries of His written Word.  I am not free to sin and break His commandments.  However in areas not covered by the Word, He is with me and I have freedom knowing he will check me if I start to go wrong.    

Sometimes my freedom is limited by my circumstances; I seem to be  a prisoner of my environment.  But my environment can never hold my inner man as a prisoner.  I am always free to have a heart of gratitude and an attitude of praise!  

Prayer:   Lord, I want my freedom to please and honor you.  Amen 

Pastor Leon

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