THE THIEF AND THE SHEPHERD 2
KEY SCRIPTURE: John 10:10 KJV” The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”
In the first part of this very topic, we looked at the thief, specifically the devil, and how he goes about taking advantage of the sheep. This time, we would consider the shepherd. He says He came that He might give life to the sheep. I wish to say to every shepherd of God’s people that your role is to give to the sheep. It involves giving sacrificially When the Lord Jesus showed Himself to His disciples who went back fishing, He met them at the shore and singled out Peter, asking Him three times, if he loved Him, then he asked him, to feed His sheep and the lambs. Feeding God’s people is one of the ways the pastor shows his love for the Lord.
The Lord said, He came to give us life, that we might have it in abundance. This is the dividing line between Christianity and other faiths. No other faith besides Christianity talks about giving life. They are all basically systems of doctrines and practices. There is no life in any other faith except in Christ. The life He gives us is a supernatural life. The Lord Jesus says it is eternal life (1 John 5:12). What is this eternal life? The gospel of John 1: 4,5 explains to us what this life is. John 1:4, 5 KJV “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” From these verses,we see that this abundant life is an overcoming life. It breaks the limits of darkness and brings liberty of expression to the child of God.
How would one activate this life? This could be done by operating the law faith. The following scriptures show us how the law of faith works. Rom 10:8, 10 KJV “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” The law of faith functions by believing what the word Says with your heart and confessing it with your mouth. Get the abundant life into operation by activating your faith.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for giving me life through your Son Jesus Christ. I have a conquering and an overcoming life. This life dominates all evil and I keep shinning as I glorify the name of my Lord Jesus .
Rom 5:17 KJV” For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”
1 Jn 5:11 KJV “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”