Sunday, 9 September 2018

Water the Sheep

Scripture: Genesis 29 v 7 - 8: "And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them. 
 8  And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep."

Why are we called sheep by Jesus?  It is because sheep are docile, obedient and easily led.  They follow their shepherd and are loyal to him because they know his voice and do not heed the voice of strangers.

Jesus says that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit out of our belly, our innermost being, shall flow rivers of living water.  This is the waters of the river of life that flows through us from Heaven. 

Revelation 22 v 1 - 2: "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
 2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

In John 4 Jesus said that whoever drinks of the living water He gives shall thirst no more.  What He means is that the living water satisfies our soul completely so we need search no further for righteousness and truth.  Jesus is the sum of perfection.  Once He is alive in our hearts we are complete in Him and all yearning and emptiness is swept away from us.

We need to gather the flocks around our well and remove the heavy rock that covers it.  This is the hard part.  That rock represents all our barriers, excuses, reasons, arguments, philosophies, false teachings, religious traditions and stubbornness to do the Lord's bidding.  It's our will against His will, and He will never force us.  He will lead us to the well, the rock and the flocks but we must remove the rock that covers it.

He has all His hidden treasures in our wells.  We must let down our buckets and fill them with what God sees as the true needs of His sheep.  That is the power of the Holy Spirit flowing forth from us when we are ready to reach out to others and water them with His Word, healing, deliverance, salvation, truth.

Today is Rosh Hashanah a Jewish feast lasting 3 days which is their New Year.  They eat apples and honey for joy.  Rosh Hashanah means when the heavens are opened and this occurred when Jesus had just been baptized by John in the Jordan River.

The heavens opened over Him the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and settled upon Him and so began His ministry of truth, healing and deliverance.  His well was open and remains open for each one of us to receive and to water His sheep.

If we don't have the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot begin to move the rock from the well.  He gives us the power to be witnesses and without it we are dry and withered.  Without the true power we have to create or manufacture experiences with God to keep the sheep coming, and some are very successful entertainers, but sadly the sheep are not watered by this, they start to search other more exotic pleasures and wander away.

Jeremiah 23 v 1 - 4: "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
 2  Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
 3  And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
 4  And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD."

The Lord will round up those who have wandered and gather them back into a flock to be watered by those sincere and caring pastors, or shepherds, who will remove the rock and water the sheep with the water of life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have warned us repeatedly of the dangers of deception and false teachings yet many still follow their own understanding and remain lost.  We ask forgiveness if we have not opened our well and watered the sheep around us.  We repent of this error and will obey this instruction promptly.  Lord be glorified in all we do for You.  In Jesus' name. Amen.