“VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is but a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter (doorkeeper) openeth and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of the stranger.
This parable spake Jesus unto them; but they understood not what things they were that he spake unto them.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I AM the door of the sheep,
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy; I am come that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling (hired hand) and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth. because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me even so know I the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold (flock) and one shepherd.”
I love when Jesus reinterites to us, so fulfilling the message of Psalm 62:11: “God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.”
Have you ever noticed that often if you are going through something unusual or you are praying praying for an answer or for guidance, nine times out ten you will hear the “same” message or same passage of scripture twice, it can even be a sermon and a friend both relying the same word or thought. The Good Shepherd is a parable that many are very familiar with, even if you may not have been “churched”, it is just one of Jesus most famous titles and rightfully so.
He wanted to warn us against those who would promise “spiritual enlightenment”, those who promise “another way” those who argue that there are many ways, not true, Jesus is the ONLY way.
As he pointed out to us, the thief, satan and his workers are thieves, there are those who want to give you some false religion for their own vanity as having some mystical insight into things that can not be seen.
I truly believe people fall snare to this often due to the false belief that God could not possibly speak to them or that they somehow need a “mediator”, Listen to me, JESUS CHRIST IS THAT MEDIATOR, you can approach him with ANY question you have, He died for us, why on earth would he forbid us to come to him? Especially when he himself said, “Come unto me, ALL that labour and are heavy laden, and I WILL give you rest.”
He did not say to go ask others the “way”, HE IS THE WAY. Physics, mediums, and all other forms of “spiritualism” are demonic and that is why we are giving this warning and these are but a few of those voices that will whisper to you falsely that there is some other way, Listen to this description.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such ARE false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel (not surprisingly); for Satan himself is transformed (transforms himself) into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINSTERS also be transformed AS ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.” address your questions, and thought to Jesus and to him only and he will answer you through his word or by sending ou a word but that word will come through a sermon or even an anointed song at the right moment, or a true child of God with a word of knowledge for you, but either way know this, that no true answer will be found in any voice other than that of the true shepherd and the instruction he sends as he says FOLLOW.
So please LISTEN to Jesus, listen to that “still small voice” Listen as He leads but do NOT listen to all the other voices that claim to know a better or another way!
Φλογιζω NBJ 2020/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson