In the 1960s and 1970s we witnessed a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Could it happen again?

Wolves, bears, and lions can be fierce when they attack, and we must know that there is a shepherd who will drive away the ravaging beast and guard and protect every sheep and lamb in the fold. David, the shepherd king of Israel knew all about that some three thousand years ago.

This is one of the ways the pastor pleases the Father. He cares, guards and guides the sheep.

All of this essential and foundational teaching comes from John chapter 10 in the New Testament. Take your time and make time to read it. Jesus Christ goes on to say, “I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

Jesus links his shepherding ministry to God the Father, and we too link our shepherding ministry to Jesus.

The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd and move in the direction in which the shepherd wants to move, because the shepherd will always be concerned about safety and security and grass, and refreshing, life-giving water.

The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd and eat and drink what he has provided for them. And, the tone of the pastor’s voice should be the same on a Monday or Friday as it is on a Sunday and Wednesday. There has to be consistency.

The way forward in the church of Jesus Christ is not to fight and fight, but to listen and submit and serve and obey and love and sacrifice.

The way forward for us in the Church of Jesus Christ is not to resist, nor to argue, nor to rebel, but to feed, follow and have fellowship.

And the sheep know the voice of the shepherd. Now, if the shepherd says – now, be in the flock, along with all the other members of the flock, and you will be fed and drunk with good things, and if the individual continually says “no”, then the shepherd realizes that individual is not one of his sheep.

We need not only good shepherds, but also sheep that listen, submit, serve and obey.

Consider how Peter and James and John and Paul and Silas submitted to the Good Shepherd, and sometimes at great physical cost.

And the loner, the one who thinks he doesn’t need the protection of being in the fold, the isolated wanderer, can easily be caught by any of these beasts, and by any of these temptations. How many times have we seen that over the years, when people have been misled, misled, and led astray? It is a fact of physical and spiritual life.

While Jesus is considering his death, his mind is on his sheep. Here, and of course the night before Jesus went to the Cross, Jesus was always thinking of his sheep and talks about having other sheep. Are these gentle sheep? Are these sheep that were not Jewish, and are they people that had yet to come to him and repent and believe and be baptized in water and receive the Holy Spirit?

This is one of the things that makes serving Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God so exciting and exciting. We never know what the risen and living Christ is going to do next.

Think about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s with that amazing worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Could it happen again? We never know! It will be talking to the pastor and listening to his clear and graceful voice.

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