The Importance of Spiritual Covering
Scripture Supporting a Spiritual Covering.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves: For they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
7 Benefits to Having a Spiritual Covering
Protection – When the darkness comes at you, they discover you are not alone. Someone is standing with you in prayer and believing God with you for victory.
Wisdom – Proverbs teaches us that we find greater wisdom in an abundance of good counsel.
Restoration – God’s method of restoring us when we need it is always loving, supportive relationships.
Credibility – It’s easier to trust someone who is properly submitted. Being submitted reveals teachability and humility.
Encouragement – Often the Holy Spirit uses those who we are submitted to – to lift us.
Correction – It’s also easier to hear about something that needs to change from those who have proven to us that they care and that they are capable.
Impartation – When we select the right person to be our covering, we gain a portion of the anointing that is upon them.
As Christians, we are ultimately only accountable to God.
Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, that every idle word, that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.
Submission, of course, is Biblical. Submission to God is necessary.
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: The powers that be are ordained of God.
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Loving one another
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
As for an individual’s submission to another, looking to the experience and wisdom of others just makes sense. It’s when that practice is mandated with authority that it begins to erode any legitimate practice of spiritual covering.
We should consult with others for advice.
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
We look to God for approval, not men.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Our service to God is not validated by any person.
Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Mandating individual authority within an organization or church can harm a person's relationship with Jesus.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
This can also lead to division within the church.
1 Corinthians 3:4-9 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
Jesus spoke about authority.
Mathew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.