St. John 10:1-5 we know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself and that wicked one toucheth him not; and we know that we are of god and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Sone of God is come and hath given us an understanding that we may know Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ; this is the true God and eternal life.
Saints are made. New Christians are as a baby that hasnít begun to walk the walk of Christ yet. They must come to Christ repented and ready for the journey to sainthood. We cannot expect a new convert to stand up in the midst and declare I am ready to fight the fight of faith because they have not come to know the Word that will keep them yet. Until we have endured some things we will stumble, fall, get up and eventually will not fail in the same areas again. Saints are made and we must obtain the right Spirit, Godís Spirit to keep us.
Its God desire that all men be saved. God wants to do a work in us and we must let Him do His work in us. Itís better to go alone slow then speed our way with the crowd and lose out with God. It should not be the intent of man to sin. An intent not to sin is a must that Satan has no weapon against us where we be defeated in our walk with Christ. It is the Devil not God that revisits our sin. We give the Devil what he needs to accuse us before God. When God deliver us we are free. We should not be anxious for nothing but in all things give thanks and praise to God. Just like the people of God in Moses time that said one thing with their mouth but could not fool God with their much speaking, there goes man today. Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, thaty they would fear me and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever?
When our spirit man is right it keeps us doing Godís commandments. It keeps us loving God with all of our hearts, soul, mind and body with all our might. For God doesnít see as man sees, for God looks on the heart when man looks on the outward appearance (I Samuel 15:7). He told Samuel to look not on manís countenance or on the height of their stature; because I have refused him; for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart. Man may be able to fool some of the people sometime but never God! Sheep begat sheep and the sheep with the right spirit can draw men to Christ. We are to follow the leading of the Shepherd. The Shepherd is to tend to the sheep as if they were actually taking care of an animal (sheep) in a pasture. Christ is our Chief Shepherd, a worthy one that has great affection for us.
Christ not only risked his life for us but gave it as a living sacrifice that we would have life in the Spirit. He will give an account to the Father on our behalf and we wouldnít want that account to be grievously done according to (Hebrew 13:7, 17). That goes for whosoever have the rule over us, we are to obey so that they give a joyful account on our behalf. We are not to give our earthly Shepherds grief and vex their very righteous souls for it will be unprofitable for us. The Shepherd has a call to speak for us too. The relation of the Shepherd and the sheep is made the symbol of Godís relation to Israel and in the New Testament of the work of Jesus for his own. Woe be to the Shepherd that devours the sheep and puts the sheep in the realm of the dead. Woe be to us that leads a ghostly, shadowy existence, neither blessed or damned, but without any distinction of good or bad. We arenít to trust in other things or spirits not of God. Any other belief other than that of Christ is not God.
God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost know our name. He knows when our heart is pure. He knows if our walk is a clean one. Only the pure in heart shall see God (Matthew 5:8). When our hearts are pure toward God we will continue to keep our hearts and hands clean. David said in (Psalm 24:4) he that has clean hands and a pure heart shall receive the blessings from the God of our salvation. Jesus Christ is our salvation. He is our righteousness. We in ourselves cannot accomplish this; we canít keep our hearts clean and undefiled before God. The heart is the life of man. When a manís heart fails he loses his life. When we run after ungodly things we lose heart and without quick repentance we will lose our life in Christ. All the operations of human life are centered in the heart; and the exhaustion of physical strength is called a melting or withering of the heart (Psalm 2214-15, 102:4).
Heart and soul is used interchangeably in the Bible, the heart being considered the center of soul life as well as of physical life (Deut. 6:5, 8:14, 11:13-18 and Matthew 5:8). The heart is the seat of love (II Sam. 15:6, Mark 12:30-33). It is also the dwelling place of hatred (Lev. 19:17, II Sam. 6:16). We find joy there (Judges 16:25, Ruth 3:7, Acts 2:26, 46). The heart is the center also of sorrow (Psalm 102:4, John 14:1). Wisdom when applied is applied in the heart (Exodus 31:6, 35:35, Acts 28:27) and pride can be found in the heart (Proverbs 16:5, 21:4, Rev. 18:7). God wants us to fear Him in our heart; it keeps us. We are imperfect and there is really no truth in us. Our spiritual consciousness is dead. We must be sheep with the right spirit. We want to be known by God as being good and faithful. We want to have his Spirit alive and moving in our lives. We want the Spirit the Good Shepherd Jesus had to lead us and guide us into all truths.
The Spirit we are talking about here is the Spirit of God that He first breathed into man making us living souls. He is the presence, power, influence and wisdom manifested in man. He is the Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that manifests good in the life of man. The Spirit is the power of God. He has a personality and wants to dwell in manís heart and makes us aware of God, man and sin. He makes us aware of the deeds we do in our flesh. The Spirit has a personality and has fruit. He reconnects man to God once again as in the Creation through Jesus Christ. He brings us in right relationship once again with our Chief Shepherd. He helps us to follow instructions and to obey the Word. He is a worthy leader.
We must be sheep with the right spirit. We must learn not to follow the voice of the stranger; Satan must flee, sin is not an option, and we must use the power given us to keep him under our feet. It is as important as water is to the body. Satan presents compromise to us but compromise is not an option in the life of the believer. Faith in Jesus Christ cancels sin, doubt and unbelief. He comes to steal Godís Spirit from man because he knows in the Spirit is life and life eternal. He comes to kill our dream of Heaven forever. He can never go and dwell in Heaven again but we can. We have a promised mansion not made with hands waiting on us. He wants to deceive man into giving it up, killing our destiny and soul promise of God. Jesus is the door of the sheep, the Chief Shepherd. He gives us life and gave his life for the sheep. We are the sheep. He is a good Shepherd unlike like man. He knows us and expects us to get to know Him. He is waiting on us to seek Him and His love, His protection, His peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost.