2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 KJV For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.~~
ALL Shepherds are not the same… Some Shepherds herd Sheep… Some Shepherds herd Goats… SOME Shepherds herd BOTH. I believe we are in a period of History where the Great Delusion is beginning to happen…. Many who profess to be Christian … Followers of Christ…seem to be acting more like they follow the Goat Herder… The Goats are interesting creatures.. Loud…Instigate …Boisterous…and frankly downright Antagonistic… I could imagine that a Shepherd of these awry little creatures would need to be bullied a bit… by a Shepherd that would dominate over them by his presence….
The Shepherd of the Sheep however… has a much different flock to watch over…and the Sheep only need to hear His voice to be obedient and follow the one who watches over them and protects them…Do you HEAR HIS VOICE? Or is the NOISE of the Goats too distracting out in the Field?
APPLICATION: I’m hearing more and more from Christians who are rallying behind their Choice for President… That we are NOT electing a Preacher… Pastor… or Religious Guy. We need to keep the Separation of Church and State. Really? Who is this Flock ready to Follow? The Shepherd of the SHEEP….. or the SHEPHERD OF THE GOATS? Both are professed “Shepherds”…. If we are Sheep… Shouldn’t we diligently seek out a Shepherd who KNOWS His own? What caliber do we use to DISCERN the Spirit of those who claim to be “Good Shepherd”?? BY THEIR FRUITS….What is their FIRST LOVE? How did John describe the Church at Ephesus ?( Rev. 2:4) Are you chasing after the right Shepherd, or are you chasing after the Distracting Goat Herder… tantalized with all the trickery and temptations that he will use to deceive his flock to follow him?
Written by Catie Gustitus