“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness? But God is thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:16- 18)
“Our Lord laid not his life down for his doctrine, but for his sheep.” Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) commentary John 10.
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
As my journey leads me along the narrow path through this life a sense of peace has come over me, and I now recognize I’m not alone. My stride is sure, demonstrating confidence but not an arrogant strut. It shows determination supported by knowledge, wisdom, and discernment received from the Holy Spirit to arrive at the destination of Eternal Life and peace. John 14:26
I am praying for guidance and protection constantly never taking anything for granted as I realize my journey is taking me through a war zone. I have included this link as background support. https://romboughrobert.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/yea-though-i-walk-through-the-valley-of-death/
My question, will I be an essential companion as I journey? Then I pondered, am I going to be worthy of travelling with this companion? I know there are only a few who will recognize who my companion is, and why He continues being at my side, even though I am a constant challenge to Him. What comes to mind is a quote from my latest article “GET BEHIND ME SATAN” published June 14, 2018, “What many don’t realize the disciples committed many mistakes and were guilty of weaknesses, they were defective in their duty.
They were very dull and forgetful. And often blundered. Yet their master passes all by and forgets it, he does not upbraid them with their infirmities, but gives them this memorable testimonial, “You are they who have continued with me.” Thus does he praise at parting, to show how willing he is to make the best of those whose hearts he knows to be upright with him.”
I now understand why the peacefulness is in my life, even though I’m surrounded by turmoil, unrest, and despair, among those I’m reaching out too. What comes to me is, Yeshua, as my companion is revealing how to be as He is, as an unseen companion. Who has lit the way to freedom, then align’s himself behind the scenes as a spiritual mentor and ongoing guide, through the Holy Spirit, as a messenger to those journeying through life, as Pilgrims, on the narrow path? “Thus does he praise at parting, to show how willing he is to make the best of those whose hearts he knows to be upright with him.”
This article will introduce and reveal as a sower of God’s word, love, and compassion, we the “Modern Day Disciples” can be an ongoing “shepherd” as [is] Yeshua our unseen “companion” always there always ready.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Father in heaven hear my prayers as I lay your servants before your throne. I ask you, Lord, as an unseen companion, to raise your children up when they might stumble and fall. To Be there as our Father when times are filled with turmoil, but more than anything Lord show your children the depth of your love and compassion as you journey with them. In little ways, Father let them, sense or feel your presence as they go forward in your name searching for that one lost soul.
So they might be filled with the confidence they are covered and blessed. Bring them before your throne, Lord, so they might witness your reflection and recognize what a silent companion is to them, a shepherd tending his flock. We pray in your name Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert.
The Holy Spirit brought me to John 10 to understand what my silent companion is offering and if I chose to follow in His footsteps, and what would be expected of me to offer as a silent companion. In John10 Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) explains how Yeshua reveals His walk, for those who desire to follow in His footsteps. “Our Lord laid not his life down for his doctrine, but for his sheep.” He described the gracious disposition and happy state of his sheep; they heard and believed his word, followed him as his faithful disciples, and none of them should perish; for the Son and the Father were one. Thus he was able to defend his sheep against all their enemies, which proves that he claimed Divine power and perfection equally with the Father.
No weapon formed against our Lord Yeshua shall prosper. He escaped, not because he was afraid to suffer, but because his hour has not come. And He who knew how to deliver himself knows how to deliver the godly out of their temptations, and to make a way for them to escape.
Here is a parable or similitude, from the customs of the East, in the management of sheep. Men, as creatures depending on their Creator, are called the sheep of his pasture. The Assembly of God in the world is as a sheep-fold, exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that is his, guards them by his providence, guides them by his Spirit and word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of his steps. Shepherds must serve the sheep in their spiritual concerns. The Spirit of Christ will set before them an open door. The sheep of Yeshua will observe their Shepherd, and be cautious and shy of strangers, who would draw them from faith in him to fancies about him. I provide this link for the additional understanding of the dangers: https://romboughrobert.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/get-behind-me-satan/
Many who hear the words of Yeshua, do not understand it, because they can not. But we shall find one scripture expounding another, and the blessed Spirit making known the blessed Saviour. Yeshua is the Door. And what greater security has the Assembly of God than that Yeshua is between it and all its enemies? He is a door open for passage and communication. Here are plain directions how to come into the fold; we must come in by Yeshua. By faith in him as the great Mediator between God and man. Also, we have precious promises to those that observe this direction. Yeshua has all that care of his Assembly, and every believer, which a good shepherd has of his flock; and he expects the Assembly, and every believer, to wait on him, and to keep in his pasture.
Adam Clarke (1760 -1832) through his comments on John10:9 reveals what our duty as a silent companion will appear as shepherds. “Go in and out- This phrase, in the style of the Hebrews, points out all the actions of a man’s life, and the liberty he has of acting, or not acting. A good shepherd conducts his flock to the fields where good pasturage is to be found, watches over them while there, and brings them back again and secures them in the fold. So he that is taught and called of God feeds the flock with those truths of his word of grace which nourish them unto eternal life, and God blesses together both the shepherd and the sheep, so that going out and coming in they find pasture. Every occurrence is made useful to them, and all things work together for their good.
The modern-day heirlings, posing as pastors, ought to remember that whoever boasts of being the way of salvation, and the gate of heaven, shows himself to be a thief and an impostor. And though few have arrived at this degree of folly, yet there are many who rely too much upon their own talents, eloquence, and labours, as if the salvation of the sheep depend necessarily thereon.
In which respect they are always robbers since they rob the grace of Yeshua of the glory of saving the sheep. God often puts such hirelings to shame, by not opening the hearts of the people to receive their word. While he blesses those who are humble, in causing them to be heard with attention and accompanying their preaching with an unction which converts and saves souls. Let every man know that in this respect his sufficiency and success are of the Lord.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father in all humbleness we bow before your throne filled with overwhelming gratitude for your patient teaching. Thank you, Lord, for raising us to a new level of discernment, love, and compassion. Thank you, Father, for revealing our value and worth to those who have been rescued into your flock and thank you for placing your guiding hand on us to nurture them forward as a silent companion [shepherd] having the spirit of your Son Yeshua for us to guide and nurture those in the flock as silent companions. We pray this in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Praise God, for us having some months ago heard God’s call, to return to His law. Too sit down and do an assessment of our walk and relationship with His Son Yeshua. A young woman queried, “Why do you teach, following Yeshua, as being so disciplined? Isn’t our walk with the Lord to be in peace and love-filled with joy and harmony not under the law, but in Salvation.
Here, we are learning how to be, as Yeshua is with us, a silent companion. How your words of prayer, in support of your newly found convert, will be answered as a blessing for both. To recognize, as you take on the role of a silent companion (shepherd); as a part of our Lord’s main flock, you’re being tended to by your silent companion Yeshua through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), as you continue forward in your personal journey? We are being taught and guided how to endure and overcome the same hardships Yeshua faced as he proceeded to tend to His flock. We will learn our journey is filled with many potholes and pitfalls, which the silent companion guides us through as a shepherd.
You will learn what the joys are, and how to recognize them as being a part of your surroundings and walk, through the peace found in the one, you are walking with being a silent companion to them. Keep in mind the Holy Spirit revealed in the eyes of our Lord Yeshua, our salvation would be meaningless unless it is being shared.
Get to know your peace, know where it came from and how we received it John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Find the strength in it, as your leading inspiration to serve.
Because you will find it usually is, a gentle nudge from Yeshua, letting you know he’s there covering your back, as your Silent Companion. May our Father abundantly fill your plates. God’s blessings Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hands. Psalm 149:6
This picture represents the storm our stand and walks will present, but endure. As we know being a part of God’s, flock, Yeshua is with us as a silent companion, and as well the beacon of light which shines through us defeating darkness. “So we may boldly say, The Lord is my companion, and I will not fear what man shall say or do unto me.” (Hebrews 13:6) Blessings to all and may you be filled with Yeshua’s peace, love, compassion, discernment and wisdom.