She belongs to Me! Jesus
John 21:15-17 (NLT)
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” "Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
My husband, Pastor Art and I have been in the ministry about 30 years. We have answered the call to pastor after the heart of Jesus mentioned here in John 21. We believe principally a healthy church will grow when the sheep are fed a healthy diet of God’s inerrant Word.
We have seen ministries that seem to draw sheep to an inordinate attachment to personality, or “movements,” and extremes that run rampant in this hour of living in the last days. The fruit produced is not Christ like. We have worked hard to teach sheep to look to Jesus and make Him their focus.
By feeding sheep a balanced diet of the Word of God, (and sheep choosing to align their lives to these powerful truths!) senses are developed to discern good and evil where by decisions can be made to live out God’s plan for our lives. He desires to provide, bless and lead us on in the narrow path that leads to life. The enemy desires only to harm us, and lead us away from our place in the body where we find green pastures to feed in under the loving care of God’s Shepherds.
Hebrews 5:13-14 (AMP)
13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.
The biggest threat to the body of Christ is not from the outside. It is not the issue of abortion or gay marriage. The biggest threat to the local Church is a spirit of division and strife. It is also the “itching ears” that leave sound doctrine to feast on extremes that do not develop the character of Christ and thus pull sheep into deception and out of their true place in God’s plan and purpose, weakening the body.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT)
1 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
love in Him,