Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Heb.13:7nasb
As I ponder Hebrews 13:7, I remember those who led me, who spoke the word of God to me. And the first one was the Spirit of Christ Himself, as it was He who spoke to me through the reading of the written scriptures, and through this, called me to Himself, to follow Him. He spoke His Word to me as I read the scriptures that He delivered to me through the mail. He led me to Himself.
And I remember those brothers and sisters who led me…. not as others who sought to rule over the sheep, with dead academic teaching, with “Human power”, with shame, religious bondage and condemnation, rejection, lovelessness, manmade rules, lies and false teachings…but those who led me did so by the truth of the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, in grace and truth and love.
They did not bind me, or shame me or rule over me or reject me or lord it over me or use me or try to get me to submit to them; they spoke the pure spiritual word of God to me…their ministering always leading me to Jesus.
Here is an edifying blog post on this topic of “who rules over you?” by Jim from fleebabylon. It is good to understand that is communicated to us in the different translation of this verse. http://fleebabylon.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/who-rules-over-you/