NO SHEEP CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT THEIR SHEPHERD

 

Many times people say they have a great calling on their lives, but they refuse to submit to a shepherd.  Some think they don’t need any, while others – when they are corrected, they adopt another shepherd.  Yet there are others who allow other sheep to lead them.

 

Let us understand that sheep and shepherd are two different things.  Shepherd drive or lead the sheep, not the other way around.  If sheep don’t want to be led by a particular shepherd, Christianity is the wrong faith for them.




 

Every sheep needs a shepherd:

 

  1. To lead them in green pastures
  2. To shear them – prepare them for service to God
  3. To bring them fresh water and fresh grass in other words lead them into prosperity
  4. To protect them from wild animals and stray dogs (hirelings, wolves, false prophets, false teachers
  5. To anoint them with fresh oil – new anointing, prosperity and blessing
  6. To prevent them from spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness
  7. To guide and nurture them to ensure that they are walking in the right direction (Sheep tend to make silly decisions – walking with their heads down)

 

Oftentimes sheep are troubled by flies around the nose and ears – always attacking the head.  Then they lay their eggs on the damp of the mucus membranes (soft, weak areas) and if that connection is successful, the eggs hatch and turn into worms which crawls into the ears and noses of the sheep.  So it cuts off their hearing and their discernment. Then it leads to blindness.  This is why so many sheep have been swaying by every wind of doctrine and are following false shepherds.




 

Psalm 23 speaks clearly of the shepherd’s role, not only of the Chief Shepherd, but is an example of what all true shepherds should be. When the sheep goes astray, the shepherd has to anoint their heads with oil.  This will bring instant change and instantly kill all the worms and the insects that were buried in the heads of the sheep – false doctrines included; which will bring peace, quietness and healing.

 

The Good Shepherd will be instructed by the Holy Spirit on what to feed the sheep.  Most sheep tend to stray into different pastures looking for different foods to eat.  They oftentimes get diarrhea, foot rot disease and many other deadly illnesses.  This is why each sheep must have one shepherd.

 

The Shepherd Role Is Not Easy

 

The shepherd does not have an easy role, as it can be extremely painful and dangerous.  They are exposed to the following on a daily basis to keep the sheep:

 

  1. Stray dogs let in by the sheep
  2. Hirelings
  3. Wolves
  4. Mountain lions
  5. Other stray sheep who have been infected and who have been let in by the sheep themselves.
  6. Social Network
  7. Mainstream Media

 

There are many titles in the Bible, but, ‘Shepherd’ is the least used and the least understood.  A person can be ordained as a Pastor but the/she is not a shepherd.  In this time, where most of the sheep are in tune with Social Media, and all kinds of distractions, the shepherd’s role has become more dangerous because they are leading the sheep out by day and in by night.




 

Recognize that there is a difference between a Priest and a Shepherd.   The shepherd goes beyond pulpit duties.  When God is going to bring change to a church or a nation He raises up leaders with a shepherd’s heart.  Look at Numbers 27: 15 – 23. Eleazar was the Priest, but God did not choose him to be the Shepherd.  Only those with a shepherd’s heart will bring maturity and stability to the sheep or to a nation.

 

What is seen in the nation with the breaking down of families, the abuse and destruction of children, the political and economic instability and so on, is a reflection of the breakdown in the Church, Politics & Governments and Business Sector.  Shepherding is not confined only to the Church, but also applies to Nations as well.  Thus, there are Political Shepherds, Business Shepherds and it is imperative for us to recognize that. David also was a good shepherd who became a good king.

 

We MUST pray for good shepherds to arise and bring change locally, globally and in the Church. Surprisingly, when a shepherd falls, most people curse them and never forgive them. But we must remember that shepherds are Christ’s sheep.  When a sheep falls, oftentimes people are silent and nobody says anything.  We must be careful about how we treat shepherds or about what we utter against them; and when God forgives them, who is man to condemn them?

 

Understand that one cannot go from poverty to prosperity without their shepherd.

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Choosing A Leader – Good Leadership Brings Growth And Reformation

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In pursuit of good leadership, many are crying out for a different kind of leader that will bring reformation. But all sectors, including media as well as the people, must have clear guidelines particularly about core values and leadership styles that they require in order to bring change!
Many times we see persons with strong leadership ability and great potential who can bring positive changes to the society, but they are overlooked because the current perception of what leadership criteria should include needs serious readjustment.
Many believe that you must have a masters or doctorate and be of a certain pigmentation in order to be a good leader, particularly of a nation! This is not so! There are many successful leaders in all sectors of society who had no degrees but are/were very good leaders. Look at Sir Alexander Bustamante, Sir Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, and Bob Marley.
In moving forward, what leadership style do we think is more suitable for the era and time we are in, which will bring growth and reformation – autocratic, democratic orlaissez-faire. Military or religious? Now here is an interesting question, What kind of leader do you think Jesus is?




We are in desperate times, and as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures! The leadership style that will come to the fore next will be under scrutiny.
We have seen administrations worldwide shaking, particularly in the Middle East, and the people have been demanding a new style of leadership for their nations. However, whenever persons come out of an abusive situation and begin a new relationship with the old mindset and way of thinking, soon they will begin to rebel again and cry out for the old leadership or former relationship!
It is the same individually and nationally! So if the minds are not renewed, and people don’t specify what they require going forward, the old cycle will continue!
Questions For Change
How do I select the leader of my nation? What do I require of leaders? These are basic questions every individual should ask. However, there must be more specific questions asked in order to get the specific result you want for your nation.
Do I select a leader because I need genuine change for my nation (or business)?
Am I choosing my nation’s leader because it runs in the family?
In what does this potential leader of my nation believe – morally, spiritually and ethically?
What are the motives of this potential leader?
What is the level of grace and ability to lead that this person has?
Am I choosing this leader because he/she is a great orator with charisma and a lot of money, with the skin colour that I like?
Attitudes We Should Look For
In order for change to take place within a business or nation, these are the qualities we should demand in a leader:
Be a defender of the poor.
Always respect the chain of authority.
Take time out to look at the burden of others.
Prefer to suffer with the right people than to succeed with the wrong people.
Be in good standing with his/her family, walking in integrity; the husband of one wife and vice versa!
Be humble (not self-serving, seeking fame or prestige).
Always enquire of the Lord in times of crisis as to what to do.
Never trust or accept anyone close to him/her who has undermined his/her leader (even from another party or business).
Not be afraid to discipline his/her children and those that work for him/her.
Be ready to stand alone for truth and ensure that whatever decisions they make will not come back to haunt them!
Be multifunctional, a good administrator, and a good listener.
We need leaders who will honour their promise at any cost, not to say one thing and then do the next.
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AUTHORITY UNDER SCRUTINY

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Utilizing authority and power given to an individual, government, organization or group at any level is a serious matter. Locally and globally, authority at every level will be under scrutiny, particularly in the years ahead. Authority is given for the betterment of humanity and should be used accordingly. Many of the negative things happening here and overseas is the result of the abuse of authority.

Not everyone can handle authority they have been given. For some, the moment authority has been released to them, a beastly attitude takes over. However, God always has the remedy for that. Nebuchadnezzar is quite the example. When he became king, he became arrogant and beastly. As such, God punished him by causing him to go into the field to eat grass like a beast.

While some measure of authority can be given by the devil, his reward is false power and false glory, which makes him a pseudo ruler over the World. (John 12: 31; II Corinthians 4: 4) His authority is limited. All authority is given to Jesus who has the final say in the things that happen in heaven and on earth, including Spiritual Forces, Man, Government – everything! He dispossesses human events; he controls hearts and opinions!




There are many leaders in various sectors using their authority to oppress, manipulate, block or hinder others. Some are even using their money to enslave the poor, while they believe they are invincible and cannot be removed! However each one must remember that God is the one who promotes and He will demote! He will lift up and put down any authority deemed arrogant! He will deal with pride and promote those who walk in humility.

While the poor dies of hunger, many who have authority are now networking others of like mind who waste the resources and are distributing among each other – using it to do evil. Some will even kill to maintain that lifestyle.

The role of leadership is to influence and motivate the people to do good – bringing out their true potential – using their authority and power to stand up for the poor, the fatherless and the widow. Today, many of them only scoff at the poor or simply pretend they care, while they watch the homeless die in the streets! Many are even trying to pass unjust laws to extend their thrones! Only God has the power to do that.

The institution of human government was established by God for the regulation of human affairs which includes protecting its citizens while promoting peace and justice for all. (Romans 13: 1 – 7)

Authority is the right given to a manager to achieve the objectives of an organization; the right to give orders and get things done as well as to make decisions and give approval. While a person can be in a position, know that you can have authority but no power.

A person should never take a job if they are not given the authority to exercise power that comes with that job. Too many times, when things go awry, do we then hear “I have no power, there’s nothing I can do about it!” Question is, why stay in that position?

If you are given authority but fail to use the power to bring correction in order to do good – even to discipline a staff member when they abuse their authority – then God will remove your authority!




There are times you have to say or do difficult things as a leader to achieve change. Christians in particular, must understand authority. The moment you become a Christ becomes our ‘boss’ and has all legal rights over us. The Bible is our official rule book to govern our lives – not Karma or Yoga. (II Timothy 3: 16)

When people are seeking authority and power, they need to ponder a few things.

Are they doing it to become rich?
Are they doing it for career longevity?
Are they doing it to promote lobby group agendas?
Are they doing it because their bank balance is running low?
Are they doing it for attention and accolades?
Are they genuinely desirous of seeing people’s lives truly improve?

I Timothy 2: 1 – 2 reminds us, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

We pray for every authority – Church, political, Civil, business, health, media and security – to see that they exercise their authority to the Glory of God!

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WE MUST BROKEN TO CARRY THE FIVE-FOLD MANTLE

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It is very hard to find faithful church members. Many pastors in the Body of Christ will tell you that instability and unfaithfulness are the biggest obstacles that hinders the God-given vision. As a result, very few in the Body of Christ will be able to get the ‘double-portion’ of the Spirit.

Elisha, David, Ruth and Joshua are examples to follow that display servant-hood in their various capacities. Many tend to confuse the spiritual gifts and the anointing, but they are different. Someone can have spiritual gifts but no anointing. (I Corinthians 12) In the same way that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues but lack the power of the Spirit. (Luke 4: 1 & 14) You have to go through the wilderness, endure suffering, pass the test of temptation, you have to be broken, pressed and ground and still remain standing in the Lord. Think about the process of the grapes and olives.

I have seen many persons with spiritual gifts, particularly those with the gift of Word of Knowledge and the gift of Prophecy, and many will say that they are anointed and powerful. But the anointing does not come to those who skip from church to church every year or two! In fact just the opposite happens. All the great men in the Bible had stability as their key to success in God!

Prosperity can only come when you are planted in God’s house body, mind, soul and spirit. I have over 30 years of combined experience in management. In the secular environment, when someone is looking for an individual to employ, particularly in light of a succession plan, the management personnel will look mainly at the faithfulness of the person in their past employment, not at their academic qualifications. They look at their work history to see how faithful they were in the past with one company, and once we see that there is no longevity with their work history, red flags would go up.

Can God trust you to anoint you?

Are you faithful as a steward?

Can your church leadership trust you with certain responsibilities for you to get the anointing?

Have you ever wondered why God had to bypass the sons of the prophets and invite Elisha – who was a faithful middle manager plowing his father’s field – to become Elijah’s successor?

In order to carry the Elijah Anointing or the double portion, you must be faithful in longevity wherever you are placed. God sees faithfulness beyond the church. There are people right now who are not Christians – not saved, but He is preparing them to be successors and to carry mantles that should be carried by people who are now saved. So they will get saved and come into the kingdom and bypass those who are currently saved. Realize that Elisha was not a member of the sons of the prophets – so your being saved is not a guarantee of your receiving the double portion; it is your faithfulness that determines that. So God bypassed all those that were in the sons of the prophets/school of the prophets at that time to give the mantle to one who was faithful on the job. So if God can pass the mantle to a faithful plow-boy, or to Amos a farmer then recognize that you are not indispensable and God can pass on the mantle to whomever he chooses once they are faithful Realize that after the mantle was cast onto Elisha, he still had a choice. He could either forfeit it or follow for the double portion. But what he did was renounce all his secular work and anything that would hinder him from pursuing his calling or cause him to look back. (I Kings 19: 19 – 21) He was not confused about his calling, neither did he have carnal desires for the things of the world! He sacrificed all his secular inheritance for a greater inheritance.

For you to walk in the double portion, you cannot hold your mantle while you carry Elijah’s mantle. There is one vision! You can’t pursue your vision and your leader’s vision at the same time. You must yield one up. In order to get the double portion, you have to be tested and walk through at least four great obstacles and overcome them successfully. (II Kings 2)

You must be willing to follow your leader through Jordan – which is not easy to cross; then through Gilgal, Bethel and Jericho! (Study them all! At no time did Elisha – when he served Elijah for over 13 years – let Elijah out of his sight, nor did he abandon him. He was always at his post.

To get the double portion, you must possess the spirit of your leader. Realize that Elisha did not ask for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, he asked for a double portion of his spirit. Recognize that you can be anointed but have the wrong spirit.

There is a major shift now that is taking place. God wants to release mantles now – the Ruth mantle, the Elijah mantle, the Joseph mantle, the Cyrus mantle. But many disqualify themselves because of unfaithfulness. People are changing their churches and mentors faster than they change their own clothes. God is about to use some high school students and some unsaved within the secular to come in and bypass those who should be next in line. There are even those who call themselves Ruth and want Boaz while they abandon Naomi in the process and begin to create their own blessings during the midst of their testings. SO they have made themselves Orpahs!

Many want the anointing but are not willing to be broke in order to be broken; they are not willing to walk through lack to get to wealth; they are not willing to walk through the valleys and wildernesses to get to the mountain top. That is why so many people are appointing themselves titles but are not willing to walk the path it takes to get there. They need to understand that each five-fold gifting carries a level of grace; and if one appoints him/herself a title but does not have the grace for it, then they are sure to fail, and they will not be fruitful in the end. If one wants to know the difference with the anointing and the gifts, we should all read II Kings 6 for a revelation of the axe head. The Sons of the Prophets suffered heavy losses because they did not have the anointing to raise the axe head to the surface. In those days, the axe head would symbolize a major investment. It may seem like an insignificant matter, but God was showing that many had gone into the marketplace ministry without the anointing to break yokes and have suffered heavy losses.

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