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What Kind of A Sheep Are You ??????

10 Nov

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Yesterday as I was flying to New York I was looking at photos that I had saved on my iPad. I love some of Ace Reid’s Western style clips. This one relates to me because I have done it, and you probably have as well. You look everywhere for something only to find it right under your nose. My wife is kind of an exception to this. She always finds things that I can’t.

As believers in Jesus we often do the same thing often. Most of the problems we have in life we create ourselves. So many are in financial straits today because of not following the Bible’s formula in the stewardship of money. Many have health difficulties because of overeating and not taking care of their bodies.

Spiritual coldness is widespread because our relationship with our Savior is stale. A sinful way of life like before we were saved will creep up on us if left unchecked. Our desires become earth-bound and personal and without concern for anyone else. Poor decisions are then made which just make the problem even bigger.

We are never promised in this world that we will be without problems and troubles. In fact, we are to expect them; but a lot of the difficulties we have are not trials at all, but stupid rebellious decisions on our part. I’m thankful that when Jesus said “it is finished” that it included stupid on our part.

A few years ago I raised 50 sheep so that I could experience being a shepherd. Christians are called Jesus sheep because we act just like the animals by the same name. They are the dumbest larger animal I’ve ever raised. It is bad when a hog is easier to raise than a sheep. It is real work to be a shepherd and to keep your sheep all together and healthy.

Fortunately for us our safety and care is in the hands of our mighty Shepherd, Jesus. He assures us:

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:14-15

We can’t become something that we aren’t. Once a sheep, we will always be a sheep. Within every flock are some good sheep. Even within my flock there were some very obedient ones. As believers we should grow in grace and obedience as we follow our Shepherd. Won’t you follow Him more closely today???

 

Something to think about on this lovely Monday in Manhattan.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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21 responses to “What Kind of A Sheep Are You ??????

  1. realchange4u

    November 10, 2014 at 6:50 am

    The word obedient stuck out to me Levi. There is where we begin to know and understand God’s love for us. Thanks for the post. I lean to western art myself.

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  2. atimetoshare

    November 10, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I read a poem a while back about a shepherd breaking the leg of his straying lamb to keep it from wandering away. Maybe when we are broken, we become totally dependent on the good shepherd for everything in life. I thought it was a great analogy. Love your sheep story too. Baaaaa!

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Thank you, Kathy. I learned a lot from keeping sheep about myself. Have a wonderful day!!!

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  3. Heather

    November 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The contemporary service I went to last night talked about Abraham and Isaac — how it was a test of obedience, not faith.
    It is way easier to plod along as a not so smart sheep! Praise God that he comes along side us to show us how to live in the midst of our sheep-ish ways!

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  4. Levi Thetford

    November 10, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Since He knows us perfectly God is always watching out for us. Shepherding is constant watching over its object and that’s how He raises us. Have a great day Heather. 😀

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  5. Paige Hamilton

    November 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I think about the fact that the Lord called us His sheep. Stupid is exactly the right word to describe these animals. I used to raise them for my 4-H projects. Heavens! I realized early on in life that being called a sheep by the Lord wasn’t exactly a compliment! But you are exactly right … over the years, we had exceptionally loving sheep who closely stuck with us, walking practically on our heels. Others were notoriously naughty, butting us as we tried to feed them or finding ways to escape their fenced area. Thanks for the encouragement to be a sheep that closely follows the Good Shepherd. I’ve missed your daily doses of encouragement, Levi!

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  6. Lionel Sneed

    November 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Love this Levi!

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  7. Karen Pickering

    November 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for the humor, Levi. I’d love to hear more about the sheep. Maybe some future posts???

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  8. Christa Madrid

    November 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    God must be working on His “sheep” in the area of obedience today! I posted this on my Facebook page earlier today. “When God gives an instruction, our immediate response should be obedience. No excuses, no second thoughts, no plans of what to do if it doesn’t work out. God’s plans ALWAYS work, so there is no need to come up with a Plan B. When we step out in faith and obedience, it’s God’s grace and power that goes to work, not our meager brain power or physical ability. He’s got this! He’s just needs us to ‘get obedient’!” Lol Thank God for the Holy Ghost to sharpen us up!

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      God must want this subject out today. I’ve read a few blogs today all on this theme which is inusual on this topic. Lord bless you, Christa!!

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  9. ropheka

    November 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Not my will but Your will be done my Beloved is my motto. It is hard sometimes but in the long runn am glad it is followed nd obeyed

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I agree with you. Its not always easy but we are always the better off for it. Lord bless you!!!

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  10. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    November 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Herding dogs (Border Collies) do a good job at it too! LOL. As for problems being of our own origin, I agree for the most part. Taking care of ourselves is a priority, yet there are still some things not of our control.

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I owned a well trained border collie that i used with the sheep. It made the job easier for sure. And yes, some things are beyond our control. Thanks for the comment!!!

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  11. Old Things R New

    November 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Levi, ” I’m thankful that when Jesus said “it is finished” that it included stupid on our part.” That is a wonderful statement, strips away all my excuses.

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  12. Anna Waldherr

    November 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    The image of the Good Shepherd has special meaning for me. The Lord went out of His way to rescue me, after I had lost my faith.

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 11, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Anna, a wonderful testimony to the saving work of Jesus. I think many people would say the same. Hope you’re doing well. Lord bless you!!!

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  13. Lilka Raphael

    November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Very wise words, sir. I am very grateful that it is indeed finished and our Shepherd is there to guide and protect us from ourselves.

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    • Levi Thetford

      November 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Thank you Lilka. That is the biggest job of the shepherd, to protect them from themselves. Have a great day.

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  14. blessedart1111

    November 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Very good Levi, and so true the fact that due to disobedience we bring many of our troubles and suffering on ourselves. But even then we can still call on the Great Shepherd and He will get us out of our mess and help guide us back to where we should be. Thanks for sharing Levi.

    Be A Blessing!

    LaTrice

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