Not everyone you meet in a Church is who they present themselves to be. Trust me, I have been in Church long enough to know this to be true. And Jesus warned us about it too:
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as servants and innocent as doves.”
We know Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10), and He has our best interest at heart, as His sheep we learn to know and recognise His voice – but there are others who will come in to the Church and speak “as one of the sheep” or as one of the “hired shepherd helps” but these are not of the same fold. The message they bring is not the message of the Gospel – the salvation and hope found only in Yeshua
As Jesus also says,
“Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Having been brought up in the Church, I know that I had this misconception that everyone I encountered in Church was like me. Born and raised in the Church with a genuine love for God, His Kingdom purposes and a sincere love for the body of Christ.
But over the years, there have been numerous wolves in sheep’s clothing who have risen up and tried to “steal, kill and destroy” the Body of Christ – locally, nationally and globally.
In the words of Paul, “O foolish [Christian] who has bewitched you!”
If we know and recognise the voice of the Good Shepherd, it will be harder for us to be swayed by the voice of a stranger. How do we know the voice of our Shepherd? The same way we learn to recognise a friend or lover’s voice – spending time with each other. By spending time reading God’s love letter to us, we soon learn to recognise His voice, and as we recognise His voice, we recognise His character, because His Word is His Character. He doesn’t change who He is to fit any particular audience. He is consistent.
We are told to “test all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). There have been times when I have been reading a book, or listening to a sermon, and I have a check in my spirit that something isn’t lining up with the word of God. This is me knowing the voice of the Good Shepherd.
We are living in a key time of God’s Kingdom. I really believe this. Which means that now more than ever, it is important for the sheep to know their Shepherd’s voice. Become wise to the tricks of the enemy who won’t think twice about dressing himself in light, or sending out his wolves dressed as sheep – whatever it will take to distract the waiting bride from recognising the soon-coming arrival of our Bridegroom, Yeshua.