Facing the Wolves

Why do the sheep leave? Are they simply lost or did they sense danger? Did they recognize that their shepherd was not actually a real shepherd? Had they watched their behavior long enough to consider their end and know what cloth they are really cut from? Have you watched what happens to a flock when a wolf enters their fold? Maybe they sensed the the danger around them. Could it be that the sheep knew the wolves had entered the fold?

Indeed I wonder if the sheep are lost. I think many times they scattered because they knew the wolf was there. So now what? What do the sheep do? How can we bring the sheep back to the fold if the fold we are in is in fact a pack of wolves.?I shudder at the thought of actually being in a pack of wolves. However, many are in a pack of wolves and don't even know it. They have entered a pack, not a fold. Lots of little lambs were lost and were attracted to come join the wolf clan, unknowingly. When their eyes are opened, what shall they do?

Sometimes the sheep really are in a fold and there is one or two wolves there. The shepherd is responsible for dealing with them, but what if the leader is the wolf and the flock is really a pack and you're the one in danger? It's not easy to bring yourself to accept that the leader you have come to love and trust is actually a wolf. A relationship with this leader has formed and you don't want to face the fact that he is actually out to destroy you. How could this person who is my friend be out to hurt me? What about all my other sheep friends? Are they wolves too? They could very well be.
Matthew 10: 24-25, " 24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?"
A disciple of a wolf isn't over the leader of the pack, they are content to be equal with him. If the leader of the pack is a wolf, then chances are his pack are wolves too. A leader will recruit others into their pack and teach them their ways. When a pup decides he wants to be a lamb, a true lamb, his coat will be obvious. The wolves will notice there is something different about this lamb convert. The lamb will begin to notice opposition to the direction the lamb begins to grow in. He will begin to follow their real Shepherd and the leader of the pack will do what he can to keep the little lamb in their pack. The wolf will exhibit characteristics of control over the lamb. Who his friends are, where he goes, where he feeds.

When the lamb realizes the power his Shepherd has given him to flee this pack he will step out in faith and flee. As long as the lamb flees peacefully the wolves may insist on him staying. But when the lamb speaks up about why he is leaving the wolves will scatter that sheep to the furthest end of their territory so they don't warn the others. The wolves may threaten the lamb, drop hints of gossip about the lamb as being a wolf. The lamb can't do anything about that, he just needs to flee. The lamb can't change the wolf or vote him out of the pack. His pack will defend him above following the true shepherd, because they are not sheep.
John 10:4, "And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice."
If you have indeed shed the wolves clothing and put on the clothing your True Shepherd has given you then you will know His voice. Follow Him and flee from the wolves.

Sisterlisa is a homeschooling mom of four children and married to a ministry leader of a Rescue mission. She is the owner of Growing in Grace Magazine and AGMinistries.

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{ Lady Jess } at: September 4, 2009 at 10:34 AM said...

Great article! SO true.

Anonymous at: September 4, 2009 at 7:47 PM said...

Hi :) I found your blog over at Fly Away Bridie (Marthas),
Loooooooove it :)

{ Sisterlisa } at: September 4, 2009 at 8:49 PM said...

Thank you both. From Martha's blog eh? Well glad to 'meet' ya! ;O) I look forward to hearing your thoughts here.

{ Teri Lynne } at: September 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM said...

Great insight. I really need to think about this ... and be mindful of what the Lord wants me to understand about leadership. Love this series.

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