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The Shepherd or Lead Sheep

“With Adonai (the LORD) on my side, I fear nothing — what can human beings do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).

Over the years, one by one, prominent leaders in the Body of Messiah (both Christian, Evangelical, Penecostal, Messianic, Hebrew Roots, Torah Observant) ‘fall from grace’ because of a lack of integrity.   Generally, this lack of integrity comes from the sin of not combining faith and obedience to God’s commandments and preaching a saving grace rather  than empowering grace to overcome sin.  What I have witnessed over and over are those who follow manmade, self-proclaimed shepherds end up angry, hurt, bitter, frustrated, and most especially judgmental.  Where there should be grace and mercy, there is murder or ‘death’ by the law.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if each believer was taught and understood that the new covenant is about the Spirit of God coming into the human heart, changing it from stone to flesh and then then allowing that same Spirit to teach and guide into all Truth?  I believe Yeshua said to the woman at the well, ‘true worshippers will worship in Spirit and in Truth’ not in some Nicolaitan* setting.   

There will always be those who desire to follow an earthly shepherd rather than The Shepherd.  That is human nature’s lack of faith in their Creator and the promises of His Kingdom.  Israel made the same mistake.   They wanted an earthly king and got what they asked for in King Saul.  He was not a man after God’s heart.  He became arrogant and thought his ways were better than God’s.  God removed His Spirit  from him and his sin was likened to divination and witchcraft!  Without the Spirit of God, he had no Truth.  Without the Spirit of God, he was directed and controlled by an evil spirit that could only be soothed through the music of a shepherd boy named David.  

When we seek out men to guide us, especially those who do not emit the Spirit of God in their walk, we will always be led astray because there was only one man, the Son of man who not only taught the Scriptures, but lived out them correctly and with integrity because he was conceived by the Spirit of God.   He  lived according to the  instructions of his Father the way they were intended and didn’t allow man’s interpretations to dilute the Scriptures. Because of this,  he was challenged, judged and eventually condemned to death.  

It’s difficult to come out from under the teachings (and control) of earthly shepherds, but according to The Shepherd, only the true sheep hear and follow his voice.   He doesn’t lead anyone into pits that bring hurt and pain and shame.  He doesn’t guide people into lies and sin.   The Shepherd of Israel leads those who follow him on paths of righteousness that bring healing, peace, and joy.

Our family stepped out many years ago from under the institution of church and shepherds who turned God into their image rather than allowing the Word of God and His Spirit to conform their message into His.  It was the most difficult step we have ever taken in our 30 plus years walk of faith.  We were persecuted, judged, and scorned by those who called themselves Christians as well as by the shepherds who quenched the Spirit’s leading in to Truth.  We were told by some that because we had ‘left the fellowship’ and there could be no more communication.

We had to stand by faith in what we knew was a call of God and  stop fearing man shepherds or lead sheep in wolves clothing.   We had to put our faith in action.  We had to step out, put our feet in the allegorical Jordan River and allow God to part it.  With each step, we ‘crossed over’ into the Promised Land and the Spirit of God illuminated more and more Truth.  As we look back, we have never regretted ‘being called out from among them.’

For those who feel violated by the lies of men, the deceptions of leaders, simply repent and turn back to God.   He provided through the blood of His Son a renewed covenant that would return His people to Him.  He will  write His commandments the heart without the intervention of grace theologians and torah terrorists.   Put aside all anger and bitterness and allow God to make the judgment calls on these leaders.  In the end, everyone will stand before God and receive judgment or reward.  Paul says to live (and run) so as to receive the rewards and the crowns focusing on the prize ahead, the eternal Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 9:22-24).   So run!  Run towards the One with integrity, the Rabbi of all Rabbis, Yeshua. 

“Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you — no more than to act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your God.” 

*Nicolaitan means ‘one who conquers the people’.  The Nicolaitan system puts a human intermediary, a clergy person, between the individual and God.  Yeshua hates this system (Revelation 2:6).

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