For The Beloved

28/05/2010 § 2 Comments


In all honesty my head has been swimming from allergies this week. I have been in the Word as much as my symptoms have allowed and I have been listening to our Pastors sermons online for my ‘daily dose’.

This week I’ve been meditating a lot on the importance of the Word in our lives and how it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL to the life of a believer. I have not always been a devourer of the Word, many years have gone by where the dust collects more than cracks in the leather or binding. I’m guilty. I repent. I’m changing my direction and RUNNING to the Word. I thank the Lord for this deep rooted conviction.

While there’s ‘nothing new under the sun’, it seems to me the voices of heresy and blasphemy in the church are shouting louder and louder and the average believer is being tossed to and fro by every wave of ‘doctrine’. I have friends swallowing these falsehoods hook, line and sinker, and not only that, they have become ones who are ‘violently’ opposing wisdom and correction from their brothers and sisters in the Lord. This is so grievous to me, I can only imagine how it affects the heart of the Father. 

The only way we can spot a wolf among the flock is if we know what we’re looking for. The only way to know what we are looking for is if we study what the true Shepherd looks and sounds like. Even the FBI studies real currency and knows its every detail in order to tell the real bill from a fake. How much more important is it then, brothers and sisters, that we study the real Shepherd in intimate detail so we can tell when there is a wolf in sheep’s clothing among us?  

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. 
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.
 

~John 10

 

Learning the Voice of My Shepherd,
Traci
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