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WHAT IS YOUR NATURE? SHEEP OR GOAT

The LORD is my shepherd (Psalms 23:1). I was meditating on these words this morning. If the LORD is my shepherd, that makes me one of His sheep.  If so, what should my nature be and my attitude toward the Great Shepherd?

1)    Sheep are followers; they follow the Shepherd alone. Therefore, they have a remarkable instinct for knowing the voice of their shepherd and will follow Him without question.

 2)    They are emotional in the sense that they have good discernment and fear a strange voice but feel secure when hearing the Shepherd’s voice. 

Since sheep are emotional, they can build friendships with other sheep and stick up for each other when needed. They can also get anxious or distressed very easily, and they feel sad when their sheep friends are gone (dead). Being emotional in this way makes them loyal to one another and the Shepherd.

3)    They benefit by the Shepherd; He saves them, which provides them liberty, they are called by Him, cared for, secured, and fed, by the Shephard.

John 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

4)    Sheep are gentle, quiet and obedient, and therefore easily led or instructed.

5)    Sheep cannot care for themselves.  When wounded they need the Shepherd.

6)    Sheep are innocent. Therefore, they are willing to obey the Shepherd.

Jesus Christ was represented the Lamb of God–flawless, pure, and holy. Goats are the opposite nature, and are known for being independent, opinionated, and curious, dangerous, and destructive at worst. We as lambs are natured as Christ - pure and righteous.

THE.CHURCH.AND.ITS.CONDITION_  JEFF.IN  56-0805

But the lamb, it doesn't have any great minds of its own. A lamb is one thing, when it's lost, it's hopelessly lost. A sheep can't find its way back. That's the reason the goat leads it to its death. It can't find its way, a sheep that's lost. That's the reason God likened us unto sheep. When we're lost, we are lost. There's no way we could find ourselves. And there's only one way to do it; that's submit ourselves to the Shepherd of the flock, and He does the leading. – WMB

Unquote: I wonder, what is your nature – a lamb or a goat?

Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - Our services are archived at www.livingwordtabernacle.com

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