The Sword of the Spirit: The Sound Of Many Waters
Chapter: Serve God Willingly (Pages 183-184)
1 Peter 5:1-4 “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
The way I see it is that we are to all be seeking to be trained in full as warrior shepherds into a unified body of Christ. We are to be eliminating the problematic issues that exist and in short to be “cleaning house” in order to reassure that we have the proper leaders in charge. Violence is a last resort in all situations. We are to use the Sword of the Spirit to seek Justice.
Over time many have crept in, unknown by the naive world, and it is our absolute duty to prevent further methods of deceit or manipulation to occur. This is the duty of a Father and a Shepherd.
“And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption…”
We are to protect the defenseless and we are to promote absolute truth.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last Trump: for the Trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this Mortal must put on Immortality…”
We are to be not only hearing the Word, but Living it out in balance with God through the Spirit.
We are not to stand by and watch as the evil of this world preys upon the helpless. We are to stand firm in our conviction and allow God to be our guide. By seeing the world through His eyes we are able to handle any and all situations with the least amount of expense.
The catch is to attain God’s senses in order to see the evil world as it exists and areas that may be improved. We attain this by our dialogue with God, which is our personal interpretation of His Words. He gives us understanding concerning all matters…By writing we are able to carry on a conversation with God. Careful examination of the Word opens doors for rewards that we may achieve in no other way. God provides the discernment and we are to embrace it fully in order to know and demonstrate how to be honorable shepherds. Discernment provides discipline and self control. Our discernment originates from the Holy Spirit, and no other god.
The Chief Shepherd is Jesus Christ. He knows our struggles and our battles. He sees both the visible and invisible problems in the world. He is aware of all things. We are all to be examples of guardians and protectors who shepherd the people of God.
Extreme situations demand extreme actions. God understands this fact. The evil in the world is very real and can threaten our very lives if we are not careful. This is why it is each and every person’s individual job to not abuse the authority, but to use it to promote good in order to strengthen people as opposed to tearing others down.
To whom much is given much is required. Responsibility and discipline are critical to maintaining control and providing protection.
Honor the shepherds. They were not just placed into that position by chance, they earned it…
Being given the power by the Holy Spirit, you do what is right according to God….