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September 19, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | September 19

Sheep Dog

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:14

Most people in our society are sheep. Then there are wolves, and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy?  You better believe it. There is no safety in denial.  Evil, Satan, and demons are not only real, intelligent, and intentional, they are also lethal to their targets.

There are also the sheepdogs. If you have no capacity for violence, then you are a healthy and productive citizen, a sheep.  If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, they you have defined yourself as an aggressive sociopath, a wolf.  But what if you have a capacity for violence and a deep love for your fellow citizens?  What you have then is a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is adaptable of walking into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia and walking out unscathed.

Identity is a choice, and alignment of will, and a statement of purpose.  An identity requires duty and responsibility to that identity. Choosing one’s identity mitigates the fear connected with the duties he discharges. God’s man is both dangerous and good, an awesome combination. That was Jesus. That is us.

God’s man is not out to win popularity contests among the sheep.  He’s bent on one thing: dispossessing the wolf of his ability to harm the sheep.

Father, Thank you have called me to be a protector, a sheepdog, like Jesus

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