I published a question about two shepherds leading their flocks to two different green pastures. In this, I asked people to select which pasture they would choose one with a well or one with no well. I stated there was no right or wrong answer. The following article is my published answer and I pray it, ministers, to you as did the question. Blessings to all.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that, the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Titus 3:3-4
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
These teachings are from the Apostle Paul to the Disciple Titus on who he should ordinate, I am using Matthew Henry’s (1662 – 1774) commentary: “The matter of ministers’ teaching:, namely, those before mentioned: not Jewish fables and traditions, but the truths and duties of the gospel, of avoiding sin, and living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Observe, Ministers in their preaching must keep close to the word of God. If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11,) and not the figments and inventions of his own brain.
This article is revealing what it is going to take for all to be effective teachers of Yeshua’s word. In this oratory from Paul to Titus, we can see as individuals the measure of our walk. Some will say, those instructions were for Bishops and officers of the Assemblies, not the members, as there is less required of them. Leaders are to set the scene and teach accordingly. Perhaps if you listen carefully to these individuals, you will hear the worldly teachings that God is Love and forgives all.
We are going to find the importance, one individual can play in setting the stage for each individual within the Assembly. There will be more knowledge of using one’s faith after learning how to deepen it. The importance of our demonstration is revealed for us to use as a reflection in the mirror of self-examination of our walk as an example.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, bring our lives into unison with Yeshua’s teachings and guidance out of the darkness ahead. I pray Father not one believes they have all the answers and humble themselves before you, Father. I ask Father that you release discernment and recognition unto all of our minds, that we may be safe and strengthened as we go forward in Your name. Lord bring us insight and courage to stand as bright Beacons drawing many unto your light in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Fill us with your wisdom that we might share it as your love and compassion for those lost, confused, as well as lacking in their relationship with You Lord. We pray this in your name Yeshua AMEN AND AMEN
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Someone queried me why I continue releasing articles as they noticed there are not many reading them. They also stated there are not many in the group or as friends on Face book. My reply went as follows. I shared what as an individual sharing Yeshua’s word should strive to compare himself to, that which Titus ascribed a Bishop should be. Please note: From Titus 1:8-10 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy temperate. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake? Titus also warned in Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish Fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
One thing I found, in all the research over the last 12 years. One person devoted to their walk, holding fast to their passionate beliefs, can inspire significant numbers of people. People, they may never meet but will have an influence on, through their dedicated determination.
Bringing one soul to a relationship with Yeshua, to me is, spiritually sitting with Yeshua, at the well, and as an obedient servant, fetching a drink for God’s children who are spiritually thirsty for truth. But don’t know about the living water, which will quench their spiritual thirst.
I am shown through my newly found gift of eyes of faith, not only am I able to see our Lord working in the lives of His children but witness, angels, rejoicing. When one child’s soul is turned to God, Luke 15:10.
When it is recognized, we are constantly engaged in a spiritual battle, “one dedicated advanced guard, one Fisher of Men, one Disciple, one dedicated believer.” Demonstrating the power of true “emboldened faith.” Will inspire those who hold to faith, there is another level of faith they, too, can draw on, which brings on boldness to present their walk as a “dedicated victory.”
When we encounter those without the spirit, keep in mind they are God’s children who are lost and are reacting to what they have been shown by Satan is pleasurable. We are all children in God’s eyes and must be seen and approached as His children.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father in heaven, hear this petition placed before your throne. Strengthen those who have listened to your Son so they might as he did in your eyes deny himself and did not fear taking up his cross in your name Lord. Build within them Father the knowledge of your promises your word and oath to draw them to walk in righteousness as Yeshua has laid out for them. Fill them with your compassion so they may become a reflection of your light demonstrating your teachings as the Shepherds you desire them to be This I pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen and, Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
“But after that, the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.”
This sentence raised a profound question, I recognized our Father was speaking about Yeshua being sacrificed. The problem was how did those in the world after Yeshua was no longer present appear to those children who Paul revealed to Titus who like, “Ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another?”
What special person was it, who appeared in our lives, and presented that cup which held the living water for us to sip on? Had God touched them to be a Fisher of Men, A Beacon on the Hill, A Disciple, or just a dedicated soul sharing the Living Water? What demonstration of their walk brought us into the light broke the scales from our eyes, removed the plugs from our ears, opened our mind to receive the truth and draw us from Satan’s imprisonment?
When I look at God’s children who remain in the world under Satan’s captivity, I pray for the Lord to allow me to see what it is that has captured their souls. I base that prayer on the information the Holy Spirit revealed to me earlier in this article. God sees all of us as His children, some in His Flock as sheep flourishing in the green pastures He has placed us in.
The other of God’s children have been lead by a false spirit into the wilderness, giving Satan an advantage as the Tempter. As he has them alone, no friend to assist in prayer when he places his temptations before them. Observe, in an earlier article, we were shown our vulnerability comes due to ignorance of our Enemy’s strengths.
This knowledge is essential, as we become the kindness and love of God appearing in their lives, knowledge which temptation the Tempter has placed before them. Knowing, what places so much fulfilment in their lives, they willingly turn their backs on God? Is it one of the three basics in man’s foundation without God, Money, or Health, and finally Vanity (the world’s opinion)? Or is it all three or some other combination that allows them to reject God’s teachings?
As people, It is terrible not to do good ourselves; but it is worse to hinder those who would do good. Those cautions and counsels are most likely to be accepted, which are seasoned with love. Follow that which is good, for he that doeth good, as delighting therein, is born of God. Evil-workers vainly pretend or boast acquaintance with God. Let us not follow that which is proud, selfish, and of bad design, though the example may be given by persons of rank and power; but let us be followers of God, and walk in love, after the example of our Lord.
Have you ever been around sheep? I have and because I have and understand why God calls us His sheep. Amazing, I watched the flock stand by a pool of water and not one of them went to drink until one was lead to the pool to drink than the rest followed. I saw how stubborn and unmoving they can be. As well how at times, they are oblivious to the danger which surrounds them. I witnessed with a show of strength on your part, how easy it was to lead them into an area you wanted them to be. I observed once they were in a pasture how contented they were just to graze on the grass because it was green and lush.
I pondered on this thought process. We, as humans, believe once we’re educated, we have obtained a new level of understanding, which gives us independence and control of our lives. What comes to mind is Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
Our Father sees us as sheep, and we wonder why? Here is where our earlier observation of one of the flock, having to be lead to the pool to drink, is revealing.
Which pool and pasture are those being lead going to? The next question is, [Whose] leading them to the pool? What is this leader’s agenda, and where have these leaders obtained their wisdom from? What story did they share, which influenced some of the flock to follow them to that particular pool and pasture?
It is shown Yeshua sat at a well and revealed to a Samaritan woman there are two types of water to be obtained one where we are sustained in the flesh, but will always need that water. The other is “living water,” which quenches our thirst forever. He even identifies how and who you can obtain this water from.
Our earlier observation about the sheep being stubborn and unmoving comes into play here. As in John 4:11, Sir, you don’t have anything to use to get water, and the well is deep. In John 4:14 reveals to the woman who can lead her to this water. “But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life.”
So, here we are through this woman’s next statement in John 4:15, seeing how, through her passive innocence like the sheep is unaware of the spiritual danger she is walking in. “Sir, give me this water! Then I won’t get thirsty or have to come here to get water.”
There are two pools to drink from. And as such, there are two who lead those desiring to drink to those pools. Here, we see the pastures of green grass flourishing in both, and when we look into these pastures, we see one where the sheep graze in contentment, and occasionally one is lead to the pool as an example for the others to drink. The other pasture is lush and green, and the flock grazes leisurely. However, we notice there is no pool, yet the flock is content and continues to graze.
The answer to the initial question is who is leading the sheep to the pool. And what story was used to convince those of the flock to follow this leader to the pasture with the pool? The caution here is as we become learned, we do not become easily lead by those who want to as trusting sheep bring us to their pool to drink from continuously.
In our wisdom, if we, as a part of the flock, recognize as a one of the sheep, there are those who don’t need to go to the pool to drink, and perhaps check with them, “why?”
It is a great pleasure when one of the sheep in the pasture recognizes I no longer go to the pool and queries “why.” When we share how the spring within sustains us and the peace it brings for us to be in this Shepherd’s pasture. Able to graze leisurely without fear knowing there is nothing to fear, and there will be even greener pastures to graze in.
I through the “Eyes of Faith,” now see my Shepherd watching over His flock of sheep, am filled with overwhelming joy as I see and hear the angels rejoicing as another sheep joins the flock because I shared from my spring that they may never thirst again and will graze in peace.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” This, I pray for all.” Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river, which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “”Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.