Dear Fellow Believers,
Recently I heard this statement, one I had never heard before. "Don't bleed on the sheep." While this letter is written to all Believers, I am speaking specifically to the shepherd more than the sheep! Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. James 3:1-2 NLT
So what does "bleeding on the sheep" mean? It is when a pastor/teacher preaches out of their pain, issues and the sin they may be battling in their minds. Instead of teaching them the Word of God and growing strong mature disciples, they are pouring their pain and emotional issues all over their sheep. They are "bleeding all over them". When I heard that phrase, it reminded me of what the Holy Spirit had been telling me for weeks:
Times are growing short. It is time for pastors, teachers, preachers and all to teach the Word of God, to get more focused on teaching and preaching the Gospel only! We also must not manipulate the sheep for our own purposes or feed OFF the sheep. We are charged with feeding the sheep, caring for them, protecting them from evil and leading them in the way they should go.
Pastor, your sheep don't need a life coach, a relationship coach, a self-improvement teacher. Your sheep need to get the Word of God in them and learn how to hear the Holy Spirit speak and guide them. They need to see a strong, unshakable man or woman of God, raising a standard before them, who is saying "Follow me! This is the way we should go!"
The world is having a stronger influence on your sheep than you and your church are. They are becoming comfortable with the sins of the world, to the point of not even believing those things are sin. That is because God's Word is not etched in their soul. I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 NLT
Going to most churches today is akin to going to a gym to get strong and fit, but only hanging out in the smoothie bar and then saying "I don't understand why I'm not seeing any change in my body! I go to the gym every day!"
Pastors, ministers of the Gospel, are your sheep strong and courageous when they face the world? Do they have unshakable standards and walk in the power of God's Word everywhere they go? Do they have unshakable faith and trust in God? Are they fully equipped to handle the sin and deception that is epidemic in the world? If not, you aren't fulfilling your calling! If you have battles of your own, get a mentor, a prayer partner; someone you may confide in and seek counsel and prayer. Your pulpit is not your therapy session. Your sheep aren't there to minister to you. You are there to minister to them.
We don't need any more shows. We don't need therapy sessions. We need sheep who are strong as lions because they are full of the Word of God. If the world took their Bibles and their internet away, they would be quoting scripture to those who don't know the Word. Feed your sheep for they are starved for the Word!
A third time Jesus 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". John 21:17 NLT
If that isn't what you want to do, go become a coach, a motivational speaker, write books or become an entertainer. But don't do it under the cover of being a pastor or spiritual leader of any sort. They don't need another "ear tickler". There is no more time to play.
It is time to get serious, man and woman of God. God has given you an assignment. Feed His sheep. Recess is over. School is in session! This is your assignment:
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 AMP
Read that aloud, as an oath to the God you serve, then fulfill it!
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