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When I wrote my first article of : “I’m not Superman”, I had no idea it was going to turn into a major message for me, and perhaps even a mission from God. As the articles very quickly began to add up, I realized I needed to put them on one page where people who come late to this message could simply click one button and find the entire message in chronological order, as if reading a book. Perhaps it will be a book someday, but for now, here are the 3 “I’m not Superman articles, that then flowed into the “Way of the Samurai Sheep” articles. Hope you enjoy them. Hope you decide to read them all. May God bless and prepare His people, His flock, for the events of the last days, especially here in America. I say especially here in America because this is where God planted me and has called me. Of course I hope these messages can benefit the Body of Christ in its’ entirety around the globe, but I think Americans, above all, may be the most infected with the Superman Syndrome. May God, by His Holy Spirit, deliver us all in these last days.

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“I’m not Superman”

I still remember the day this “revelation” came to me. It was a hard pill to swallow, indeed, and even now I hesitate, can I write this right?

Who first convinced me I could be Superman? Was it Copeland Ministries? Osteen? I’m really not sure. It seems like it is what I grew up in, and could not help but catch it, become it, see everything through it…so much so that when I finally broke…the new revelation blew me away! This cannot be! How long have I preached it the other way? Have I been wrong all these years?

We men have a problem with this because we have this “macho” thing going on. It’s just part of being a man. We have to be strong, tough, don’t whine, work harder. We are made of muscle and guts. A woman’s power is in her beauty; she is not challenged to be physically strong. That is the man’s role, we are the stronger vessel. (Most of the time.)

However, women have a problem with this too, because they are expected to be beautiful and also be everything to everybody! A woman’s work is never done, as they say. So she pushes and pushes herself, trying to be Superwoman, because all things are possible through Christ Jesus who strengthens me! Bless God, I am a Christian, so I can rise above! Be the head and not the tail! Be the lender and not the borrower! If I have enough faith I can do anything! In Christ Jesus I am the hunter, not the prey!

That was a favorite line of mine. “I am the hunter, not the prey.” As far as I know, I may have been the one who came up with it, as far as using it as a spiritual analogy.

Lord knows I fought hard. Wore myself out fighting hard. Fighting the good fight of faith! Pray more! Work harder! You can do it! Yes, that was the whole problem. “I” can do it. Here is exactly how it happens; pay close attention to this…

As we take on more and more, because everyone thinks you are supersaint, we begin to work harder and harder. And because we are working harder and harder, we begin to pray less and less. Our prayers become short and tired because we are exhausted, but we will still do it! And without even realizing it we have slipped into “us” doing it, not God, because our prayers are weak and we are not taking time to drink of our Lord and rest in him. We are doing it and we don’t even realize it, until we collapse! We did not mean to do it! But God says I can be Superman, right?

What did you say, Lord? I’m a sheep?

Oh, yes. I know what you mean. If I’m a sheep, then I”M SUPERSHEEP!!!!! Da-da-da-daaaa!!!!

What was that, Lord?

No? I’m just a sheep???

YUKK!!! I don’t want to be a sheep! I’m an eagle! Child of the Lion of Judah! One of David’s mighty men! Anything but a SHEEP!

Doesn’t your word say, they that do know their Lord shall be strong and do exploits? Yeah, that is what I want to be for you, Lord!

What’s that? When am I strong? Paul wrote in II Cor. 12:10: “for when I am weak, then am I strong.” ??

Okay, Lord. You got my attention, but you got to convince me. I mean, I know I just came to you an overwhelmed broken mess, but how will “me” embracing my “sheepness” help any of that?

What’s that? Real prayer will become my number one priority? I will quit trying to prove myself and I will rest in you? I will develop a “Shepherd mentality” instead of a “warrior mentality”?

But Lord, wasn’t David a mighty warrior? Did he not face Goliath and take his head off with Goliath’s own sword? Did he not go on to do many mighty exploits as a warrior?

David did not see himself as a warrior? He became the greatest of warriors because he was not a warrior? He had a shepherd mentality, and he understood what it meant to be a sheep? He did not mind being a sheep because he knew he had you as his Super shepherd?

Did he not write: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” As a matter-of-fact, all of Psalms 23 is written from the mentality of embracing our sheepness, and loving our super shepherd.

I DO NOT FIND THIS EASY TO DO! But it is only absolute truth that sets us free. I know you’re only trying to take me to a greater revelation, Lord, a higher way of living. Lead on, Shepherd, I will try to follow.

God’s word says that he will resist the PROUD, and give grace to the humble! It is humiliating to embrace your sheepness. It is the way of humility. The flesh does not want to do it. We still want to see ourselves as strong! But we are not. Jesus prayed and he said: “Thine is the power, thine is the Kingdom, and thine is the glory.” All of it belongs to Him! We had nothing to offer! When we fell in sin we were DEAD in our trespasses. We had to be totally separated from a holy God, for we had become contamination! Everything we would touch would be defiled! God wanted to share his blessings with us, but he had to “SAVE” us before he could even “SHARE” with us! It’s all his! We have “NOTHING” to brag about! Without him, we are the bottom of the food chain!

Here is what God did to me. He took my favorite saying: “I am the hunter, not the prey.” And he turned it around and said, “You are not the hunter, and you are the prey, therefore, you must always PRAY!”

Yes, guys. Sheep are at like the bottom of the food chain. That thing in Psalms 23 where David wrote, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” ??? That is because without our shepherd just about everything desires to eat us, and is fully capable of eating us! But we walk around with no fear of the Lord anymore, playing with things we ought not be touching, and offering up weak little prayers if we pray at all!!! (And we think we can be Superman?) This is very foolish living.

Oh, I can see this will not be done in just one article. This could be a three parter again.

Okay, let me try to tie up a couple loose ends and then we will hit it again in part two.

First, I Samuel 17:14 > “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep.” David knew what it meant to be a shepherd. As a matter-of-fact, he was still doing the work of a shepherd, and he had never been a warrior before in his life!

You know this story, so I will point out just certain points. In verse 28, Eliab, his eldest brother, got mad at David and asked him > “Why camest thou down hither? And with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness?”

David goes to Saul and here are the “qualifications” he offers up as his reasoning that he can defeat Goliath! >

“And David said unto Saul, thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock, and I went out after him, and delivered it out of his mouth, and when he arose against me, I caught him by the beard, and smote him, and slew him.” (That, my friend, is not a typical warrior combat strategy. That is the power of God coming on a young lad!)

In verse 38, Saul tries to arm David in warrior’s armour! David tried them on before saying, “I cannot go in these; for I have not proved them.” (He was lost in them!)

Here is what he fought Goliath with: (vrs 40) ““And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.” (David even had to use Goliath’s own sword to kill him with! For he did not even have a sword of his own!)

David became a great warrior because he was a great lover of God, it’s that simple. He loved God like any sheep should love their shepherd, because without a shepherd, sheep are nothing but sheep for the slaughter! But with a Super Shepherd they can graze in green pastures, in the presence of all their enemies, and grow fat and happy! Now that is a power! But it comes as we get a vision of, begin to see everything through this new paradigm, and embrace our sheepness! (There, I just had to say it again. I wrestle with this, too,everybody. But I must say, since I have changed my perspective, I have seen new, and wonderful, and powerful results. Along with a lot less stress, and a lot more joy and peace. At last I can freely say, “I’m not Superman, even if I do still wrestle with saying, I am a sheep. lol!)

What this article is about is learning how to be a sheep, so we can have not so much a sheep mentality, but a shepherd mentality, because the sheep must understand the value of their shepherd!

I believe much of the Church’s problems today stem from the stress and burn-out of a bunch of people who are still trying to be Superman! We think there is something wrong with us if were not Superman. So we do not speak of our failures, we hide them. We stress and we strain to run faster and do more! And of course we must keep up with the Joneses, because how can the Joneses be more “super” than we are? And surely we must prove how good our God is by having the biggest house and the newest car, right? (Or at least close to it.) Whew, how exhausting the pressure can be on a bunch of “sheep”.

And here is the kicker, God says, if you think you’re Superman, then I’ll just let you do it, because the best thing that can happen is for you to find out that you are not! The way up is down in the Kingdom of God! He who shall be the greatest shall be the servant of all!

We do not see how big God is, until we see how really small we are. As long as we do not see ourselves small, as in very small, then we do not see God big, as in very big! (And we will fail to pray and drink of him the way we know we should.)

Wow, I have barely scratched the surface of this. In Part 2 I need to get into the difference between Laodicea and the Philadelphia Church. Philadelphia saw themselves”WEAK”, and Laodicea did not. I think there was a good reason why Philadelphia saw themselves weak, and it is one that applies to you and I! You don’t want to miss part 2! This is what actually opened my eyes to a lot of this.

So until the next time, baaaa!

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    1. excellent post.

    1. Reblogged this on The Critical Eye and commented: Great post, must read.

    1. JD Blom

      I really appreciate your insight. Learning that we are not supermen can be a painful but necessary process. I nour weakness He truly can be seen and glorified. JD

    • Thanks, JD. Right on.

      “I’m not Superman” – Part II

      It wasn’t all that long ago when I decided I could be more successful at being a sheep, rather than being Superman. As hard a pill as that was to swallow, I must say that I am learning new ways to do things, and I am enjoying it. Some might say they would rather fail at being Superman, rather than succeed at being a sheep. I understand where you’re coming from, but believe me, you will fail. Sheep simply are not designed to be “super”. I have learned that they need the most care of all livestock, and they can be easily “flipped” onto their backs, from which point they cannot upright themself, and will literally starve to death in that position if no help arrives. I just love thinking of myself in these terms. Truth hurts sometimes. However, just because we are not “super”, does not mean we cannot tap into the “supernatural”, and the question becomes, just how do we do that? Let me see if I can approach this question by way of sheepology? If this is my new paradigm, then these are the glasses I look through.

      First of all, sheep are not very bright, as a matter of fact, most resources called them down right stupid. I’m trying to be nice. (Since I am one.) The main duty of sheep is to eat, drink, and multiply. Spiritually speaking, I translate that as eat God’s word, drink of his Spirit, and be a witness. These are the main duties of a sheep. No where do you find sheep being called upon to fight a wolf, lion, bear, and etc. Sheep are not called upon to exert power. If a sheep fights, it dies. Plain and simple.

      It is the Shepherd who does the fighting. We take too much on ourselves! It is the Shepherd who is the provider and protector of the flock. He exerts force and power. Therefore, the sheep taps into the supernatural by way of the Shepherd, and must stay close to Him if he expects to succeed. We need a Shepherd mentality! Let me put it this way, sheep are stupid but the Holy Spirit is not! Therefore, by way of the Holy Spirit in us, we have access to the Shepherd’s leading, by which we should by-pass our own intelligence if it disagrees with His, and trust Him completely. By this, there is no glory for us, because it is not our intelligence, but all glory be to the Shepherd, to whom it rightfully belongs, and not us stealing some of the glory because we now think we have become supersheep. We live on a “fault line”! (And I will explain that soon. Very important!)

      Now if we could measure how full of the Holy Spirit we are, then we could develop a method of reference as to how close, or how far we are from the Shepherd. For example, if we could measure the Holy Spirit in me, and I measured as being half full, then I am half way too far from the Shepherd than I should be, and walking closer to danger. We should all want to be full of the Holy Spirit, and thereby as close to the Shepherd as we can get! Sheep love the Shepherd, if he is a Good Shepherd. This is what I call developing a “Shepherd mentality”.

      If we are to succeed, our minds must be trained to see things as it is. This can be a hard thing to do! Because to our way of thinking, in the Kingdom of God, the way up is down and the way down is up! And we want to see up as up, but it is really down. And we want to see down as down, but it is really up. God says he will resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. He will put down whom he will put down, and raise up whom he will raise up. The path of humility is hard for us, and it requires a trained brain, and you might say a “Samurai Sheep”! (More on that another time.) Sound confusing? Not when you embrace your sheephood and realize that as part of God’s flock, if someone attacks you, the Super Shepherd comes to your defense, and you have just caused God to move in the earth, because you no longer claim to be Superman, but you agree with God and say, “Okay, Lord, I’m just a sheep, now be my Shepherd.” (And believe me, He will!)

      Please allow me to illustrate this one more way that might clear any confusion you may still be having. If you don’t like thinking of yourself as a sheep, then perhaps this will be better? According to scripture, our Lord is the bridegroom, (male figure), and we are the bride! Okay, men, here we go again, if you want to really realize how this works you have to line up with scripture and stop taking so much on yourself! We have a big strong husband! Check this out!

      My wife was shot in the eye with a B. B. gun when she was little. (She is mostly blind in that eye.) To this day she is afraid of guns! I keep a loaded gun in the house, but I seriously doubt she could use the thing if she had to! (Even though I have tried to show her.) However, if someone is breaking into our house to do harm, and I happen to be home? I grew up in the country shooting guns, and both my mom and dad were excellent shots. My dad was a Marine, and I did four years in the Army with the M-16. Then I did two years as a Correctional Officer in a men’s prison, and had to qualify on M-16 and pump shotgun both years. If someone is threatening my family and I am home? You better believe they are going to hear the thunder! And as the Bride of the Lamb? You better believe that if you embrace that, your Groom is gonna bring down some thunder no man can deliver! And here is where the Churches of Sardis, Laodicea, and Philadelphia come into play! (Also, the point about living on a fault line.)

      The report card Jesus delivers on the seven Churches in Asia, at the beginning of the book of Revelation, is nothing short of amazing, and a little frightening, to consider that God knows our works and will not be shy about grading us! I’m going to make this short as possible, give you the bare facts, and let your mind fill in the gaps. Two of the Churches receiving the worst reports were Sardis, and Laodicea, and yet a close examination of what is said, would seem to indicate that neither of these two Churches had any external enemies attacking, or internal controversies perplexing, like the other Churches did.

      It would seem that these two Churches should have been in the best shape of all! However, just the opposite! Jesus said to Sardis: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive – but you are dead.” (NLT Version)

      To the Church of Laodicea, he called them lukewarm, and that he would spue them out of his mouth! He said they were wretched, miserable, poor, and blind! But their own report of themselves was: “I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!” (NLT) (They seemed to have it great!) Why must we be “afraid”, in order to have a proper fear of the Lord?

      Now learn a lesson from the Church of Philadelphia, who got one of the best reports from our Lord. There is a reference to them having struggles with those who belong to Satan’s synagogue, those liars who say they are Jews but are not. However, I want to add some special information I stumbled on that really help me see this whole Superman Syndrome thing! The city of Philadelphia lived on a major earthquake fault line! The Anatolian fault line! In 17 a.d. they had an earthquake so bad that Roman Emperor Tiberius relieved them of paying taxes so they could rebuild! Earthquakes and after shocks were a continual thing in this area! As a matter of fact, many of the people moved out of the town, afraid to live in the city anymore! I believe these people had a constant reminder of how small they really were, and therefore, had a better picture of how big God is, and now take note of what Jesus says here:

      “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no man can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.” (Rev. 3:8 NLT)

      Jesus said they had “little” strength, not that they had “a” little strength, but they had “little” strength, like a man opening a door for a woman! If the lady wants to open her own door, (Superwoman), most men will let them, but if she stands there all beautiful and batting those luscious eyes, what man will refuse to open the door for her? We take too much on ourselves and fail to realize how good we could have it, if we just understood what David understood, when he said, the Lord is my Shepherd, and I shall not want!

      And this is key! Scripture speaks of the sin that so easily besets us! We all have our weaknesses! We all live on a fault line! Except for a constant flow of the Holy Ghost, none of us would stand! The next time you are trying to be Superman, remind yourself of the fault line you live on. Neglect your prayer life? Fail to drink of our Lord? Stray from his strong presence? The earth could open up and swallow you at any time! Pride goes before a fall! You’re not Superman! Stop getting so busy that you are too tired to spend the time in the presence of your Shepherd, and get back to the Anointing that will tap into God’s supernatural power and grace! (Oh. I would like to say so much more, but we are too long already.) The Good Shepherd “anoints” His sheep! Philadelphia had a constant reminder of how small they were, they had plenty of hardship against them, they knew how the earth could shake them, open and swallow them, and they had the best report from God! They understood weakness, their own weakness, and God’s great power, and they kept his word and did not deny him! In the midst of their weakness, God opened a door for them!

      Okay, I hope I have given you enough to get the big picture here. Believe me, I’m trying to cut this short. In Part III I want to talk more about the negative effects of the Superman Syndrome, and offer some balance to this equation. I have a friend who has inspired Part III, but I will not use his name, other than it starts with the letter “T”, and Part III will have the subtitle of “Mr. T”!

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        1. Well, as God has called me to contend for the faith in 2013, I needed this reminder of how it is really His strength in the conflict, not mine. Well done, my friend.

        • That is the strong point of embracing our sheephood. I never realized how many ways I was taking things on myself, that was not my place to take, even the idea that I play any more of a part than the donkey Jesus rode in on. I get to be the vessel he rides in on, but if I think any of the glory is mine? Remembering what scripture says I am, a sheep, really helps me keep a proper perspective. I have also seen prayers answered that were not getting answered before, since I have made this change of perspective. It has been very interesting for me, to say the least.

          “Mr. T”

          SUBTITLE: “I’m not Superman – Part III”

          For those of us who are old enough to remember, who can forget, Mr. T? He was a member of the “A – Team”. These were a group of ex-military men who could take on any mission, and somehow get it done. They were experts! The elite!  And Mr. T. was the muscle of the group. Rough and tough! A man’s man! Macho! With lots of gold chains hanging around his neck! You did not mess with, Mr. T, because he was big enough, bad enough, and strong enough to take you down if you did! He was a type of Superman. All of the “A – Team” were supermen. The best of the best with a reputation to protect! Every episode was another chance to prove they still had it. Whatever “it” was? Whatever “it” was, they had it, and it made them winners! Yes, Hollywood loves to portray that Superman is real, and we can be one too, if we try hard enough.

          Sometimes the Church falls into a similar mode, as we have been talking about in the previous two parts of this article. We begin to believe that God’s power flowing through us is our power. Reality check! Never forget, we are just the vessel God shows up through! (And we might even fail at that!) We are the donkey Christ rode in on! We still live on a fault line! (See Part II)

          Let me ask you this, “Who wrote the Bible?”

          Did the Apostle John write the book of St. John, or did God write the book of St. John?

          To the casual observer I’m sure it looked like a man named John sitting at a table and writing, but is that what was really going on? The Bible says it was written as God moved through men and inspired them with the words! (II Timothy 3:16) John was actually like a pen in God’s hand, as God wrote the Bible! We’re not supermen, were just a people who a super God can show up through!

          I have a friend whose earlier life inspired this article. I am sure he would rather fail at trying to be Superman, than succeed at being a sheep. (And perhaps that is what he is doing?) We met quite unexpectedly, slowly got to know each other a little bit, and then he blew me away when he revealed, one day, that he almost had his Master’s Degree in theology! This man, who I had no clue was even a Christian, had been an ordained minister, extremely active in the Church, red-hot on fire for God, and believe me, he started preaching me a red-hot sermon right then and there, while my mouth hung open, and he had hardly even touched a Bible in years! Then he confessed to me that he had lived two lives.

          My friend did not want his real name used, but his name starts with the letter “T”, and I could not resist naming him Mr.T, because in many ways that character fits the type of Christian that he was! He even laughed when I told him the name I had chosen! (He knew it fit.) Yes, my friend was a “Superman Christian”, until the day some things went very bad, and in his opinion the Church failed to be there for him, and he walked out of the Church determined he would have nothing more to do with it.

          There are two sides to every story and I have only heard the one, so I am trying to be careful to walk a line here. Mr. T told me some amazing things that he had seen and experienced. Fasting, prayer, and spiritual warfare had been a regular part of his walk with God. He had seen demons manifest in people, and been a part of demons being cast out. When he preached, the anointing was strong and the message red-hot. However, today he has the nick-name of “The Runner”, because he is running from God.

          I understand there is a place for “hardcore” discipline and sacrifice, in order to seek a great anointing from God, but even that can be tainted with “pride”, and when it is, a fall is coming! I have walked that path, too, and if my friend is guilty of this, I confess to being guilty, too! I have learned that it is only a constant reminder of what I really am, a sheep, that keeps me in my proper place while God moves through me. In all the seeking and learning that I so much love to do, and all the thrill of when a new piece of the spiritual puzzle falls in place for me, I must never forget that I am still the prey, and not the hunter, therefore, I must stay on my knees in prayer.

          I am not the power, and the power is not me. Sheep are weak and helpless creatures, but I have a real big Shepherd, and because he is my Shepherd, he has a habit of showing up whenever I need him! Not because I have any power, but because I have a love relationship with someone who does! I am the apple of his eye! I am a treasure he jealously guards! But I must embrace that, and be at peace with that, if I expect it to work. And yes, I play a part in that. I hope to make the next article about what it means to submit to the “Disciplines of Sheephood”. We have a path to walk, too! Learning to follow an invisible voice can be a real tricky thing! However, it is a powerful way to live!

          In one of my short conversations with Mr. T, he continued to stand by the need for what I call hardcore Christianity. In hardcore Christianity, everyone is expected to live up to a certain measure that some supersaint has somehow exemplified, and usually there is no allowance made for the different abilities and callings we all have, therefore, making it very hard for most of us to live up to the imaginary line, and end up in a condition of spiritual burn-out, break-down, or just plain quitting. (This is the Superman Syndrome.) In this atmosphere we feel as if we constantly have to prove ourselves, but as the sheep, I’m no longer worried about proving anything. I am what I am by the grace of God, and God will either lift me up, or put me down, and I’m okay with that. Man is not the lifter of my head! God is! I am at peace in my Shepherd. I rest all things in him. My eye is not on some spiritual mark on a Jerusalem wall somewhere, but my eyes are on my Shepherd, and him alone. He knows what he has called me, and gifted me to do. I choose to rest in that.

          When I was in my mid-forties, I decided I wanted to run a marathon. Now, I had always been a sprinter and running long distance was new to me. I was greatly surprised when I actually began to fall in love with it, and I put myself into heavy training. Yes, I loved this running long and slow thing, but I wanted to go faster! So I read many books, and I applied the training methods over a period of 3 years, but I never was able to become a fast long distance runner! Even though I loved it, and trained hard over a long period of time, I simply did not have the gifting to be fast! I was maxed out running a 7 minute per mile pace, while the winner ran 5 minutes a mile, or less! Actually, I could not even hold a 7 minute pace for the distance of a marathon, but did I finish the race?

          Yes, I did, and I was not last by any means. I was 48 when I ran the race, but there were those even slower than I who was working just as hard, or harder. There are many things that go into our relationship with our Lord, and what he is leading us to do. Water finds its own level, and every runner finds his own pace. I learned to run my own race based on the abilities God had given me, and the level of training I was able to maintain. I know of many people who pushed so hard that they ended up injured, giving-up, could not finish, and some have even died of a heart attack!

          When I have a passion for something, I put all my heart into it, but that does not mean I am meant to burn myself out trying to do it. It does not mean I am meant to lose my joy while doing the work of God. I like to whistle while I work with God. We have taken too much on ourselves. We need to get back to letting God be God, and us being his SHEEP.

          So what are the disciplines of a sheep?

          We’ve heard enough of their bad points, but what are some of their strengths?

          In Part IV, I’m going to try to take a look at something I’m calling “The Way of the Samurai Sheep”.

          For every chosen lifestyle there is a path, and for every path there are disciplines, this is what I call being Samurai, so what does a disciplined, dedicated, discipled, samurai sheep look like? Good question. This should be fun! Next week: “The Way of the Samurai Sheep”!!!

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          I have been anxious to start this series of articles. One reason I have been so anxious is because I do not know where this is going to take me? The thought of a samurai sheep totally intrigues me, but when I picture it I almost laugh! I definitely feel God leading me down this path and yet I don’t know where it actually goes, and where it actually ends up? I might be as surprised as anyone who reads this! I love it when God does this to me! I hope that you will find the vision of a samurai sheep as intriguing as I do, and be interested in where that vision takes us.

          What makes me think there even is such a thing as samurai sheep? Why do I feel so strongly drawn this direction? Lets start with a short list:

          1.) This path of embracing our “sheephood” has disciplines just like any path has. Every chosen path has its’ own disciplines, and if we desire to walk that path we must be willing to embrace those disciplines. I have a long history of equating the word “samurai” with the learning and practice of disciplines. A disciplined lifestyle. A focused lifestyle. Even as the Disciples were called “disciples” as they embraced the teachings and lifestyle of Christ. I even use the terminology in my book, “The Last Christmas of Jonah Joe”. I refer to Joe as being samurai for Christ! Therefore, if I am looking at the disciplines involved in belonging to Christ’s flock, and I desire to know what it means to have a flock, sheep, and Shepherd mentality, then I relate this to a sheep with a samurai attitude, the desire to be focused and dedicated to this vision.

          2.) It is a path of “humility”, and if you do not think humility is a discipline, then I beg to differ. As Christians, humility should be high on our list of virtues, but as long as we see “ourselves” as Superman, or trying to be Superman, then how humble can we be? Believe me, embracing your sheepness will humiliate you. Is that the same thing? Well, it is something most of us don’t go around talking about, because? Yes, you get the picture. However, our Christ put it this way :

          “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matt. 5:3)

          This was one of Christ greatest teachings, and I do not believe this is referring to financial poverty as much as it is embracing and recognizing how spiritually impoverished we all are. Everything we have actually belongs to our husband, the Christ! Without our Shepherd we are nothing but spiritual wrecks and dead sheep! (Which is what happens to sheep without a Shepherd.)

          3.) In the chapter of Matthew 10, I find two interesting statements that are rather close together. Jesus calls his “Disciples” together and imparts to them authority to cast out evil spirits and heal diseases. Then in verse 16 he says:

          “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

          Then he goes on to tell them how many things they will suffer while performing their ministry, for they truly are sent out like lambs of sacrifice, and yet they somehow accomplish great things before they die! They turn the known world upside down! But take note of vrs 34, same chapter, same teaching!

          “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace; but a sword.”

          Do you see it? I send you out like “SHEEP”. I have not come to send peace, but a SWORD!

          So we are sheep with a sword, but what does that mean?

          The Samurai lived and died by his sword. It was his life, and his soul! We have a sword, too, but how does a sheep use a sword?

          It is my goal to keep each of these articles at close to 1,000 words each. I might call them, “The Thousand Word Articles”. So lets see how much farther we can get?

          Ephesians 6:17 tells us that our sword is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. So do we pull out our leather Bible and hit the devil up aside the head with it? Do we try to run a heathen through with those golden edges? No, but just like Christ is pictured in Revelation coming back with a sword proceeding out of his mouth!

          I personally believe, the Word has to be in our belly first, the deep parts of us, and it proceeds up out of our belly and out of our mouth. What proceeds out of our mouth?

          Breath! Spirit! Words of God spoken by the force of breath, life, and Spirit! It is a living thing! And it comes out of our mouth, but whose is it? It is the sword of the Spirit! It belongs to Christ just like everything else and we are receiving it through marriage, but it is not us! We are the vessel the Word rides in on! As the sheep of his flock, when we get in trouble we speak his word and the Shepherd shows up to take care of his sheep! We caused the Shepherd to show up! We caused a move of God! But it is God who moved, not I! I simply declared to God, the angels, the devil, all the demons, and the circumstances what the Word of God says, and if I am indeed a sheep in his flock, and not someone trying to be Superman, but all the glory goes to God where it should be, then God’s will (and not mine) is going to be done!

          SHEEP FOLLOW! Where God leads me I will follow and embrace his will for me. That is what a samurai sheep does. Job said, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. (Job 13:15a)

          We have started this subject with a slight overview of where we are going, but my 1,000 words are up, so until the next time!

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            1. Great blog…I don’t think I will be able to get the image of a sheep in a headband and with a samurai sword out of my head (which is the point with good imagery).  I love where you are going with this and will be following along an commenting as I can!  The great thing about sheep is that they only have one natural defense….they know the sound of there masters call.  They know the sound of safety and will “flock” to it when it calls!

              • You are right on target, Jed. I think you see, like me, there is something in this image if I can manage to flesh it out. I’m writing this for me as much as anybody, because I use to be part of the Superman Syndrome, even though I did not realize. This new paradigm has totally captivated me and I have been experimenting with it, with very good results so far. Thanks for dropping in and commenting. I’ll drop in on you, too.

            1. Cowboys turning into samurai sheep!? The mixed images are overloading my circuits! I really like where you are taking us (and yourself). Speaking the Word of God is a bit of a lost battle skill, I think. See, I just said, “I think,” instead of “God says.” Anyway, with so many discounting the written Word of God, I want to encourage Christians that the Bible IS reliable and confront those who want to dismiss it as the creation of men or institutions.

            • You just spoke many of my own thoughts, Sean. One, I’m still a cowboy by day, driving a truck, country boy, and still believe we have a mandate to “arrest” the devil, but its’ almost like God has given me a new horse and saddle to ride, and I’m still trying to get to know this horse! So I’m working on embracing my sheephood and really enjoying it, but I still plan to die with my boots on! Thanks for the comments, Partner. Oh, and your book got mailed out Tuesday. Hope you get it soon.

              “The Way of the Samurai Sheep” > Page 2

              SUBTILE: “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”

              SUBTITLESUB: “The Thousand Word Articles”

              PRIDE is POISON to the ANOINTING.

              I would also dare to say that if you are not in Prayer, you are in Pride.

              Why is this so important? The world wants to see real Christianity, and if Pride is Poison to the Anointing, then they are not seeing it if we are trying to be Mr. Superman. Let’s see if one of the greatest of Apostles can shed any light on this?

              In II Corinthians 12: 5-10 we find Paul explaining: ”That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

              Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NLT Version)

              Now add to that what we pointed out earlier concerning the Church of Philadelphia, where Christ says, “You have little strength”, and then he opens a door for them that no man can close!

              When we recognize our own spiritual poverty, (First Beatitude),  and humble ourselves to embrace our “sheeplikeness”, that is when God, our Shepherd, can come on strong! Like John the Baptist said, “I must decrease, and he must increase”.

              I am the sheep; he is the Shepherd. Catch the vision!

              Welcome to another page of “The Way of the Samurai Sheep”! Perhaps a totally ludicrous thought, and yet is it any more hard to understand, or visualize, than, “When I am weak, then am I strong?” Are we not basically saying the same thing? If there is such a thing as an undisciplined and disobedient sheep, then there is also such a thing as a disciplined and obedient sheep, and I call that, samurai!

              The more I look at this, the more it seems that the greatest power lies in “humility”, which leads to ”obedience”. So, the Way of a Samurai Sheep is the way of humility. We do not realize what a hard thing this is for us to do! Even Paul had to be guarded against pride, and so important was this that God assigned a tormentor to him just to make sure it happened!

              Looking through the eyes of my sheephood has taught me to take my hands off of things, and spend more time in prayer! Remember the scripture where Jesus said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes, and harmless as doves.” (Matt 10:16) Not only does he tell us we are as sheep, but he goes on to tell us to be shrewd as snakes! Sheep are already pretty harmless, so the dove part is sort of a re-emphasise, but shrewd as snakes? What’s that all about?

              Snakes have no hands! How do most snakes attack? With the mouth! We are to keep our hands off, but have a sword proceeding from our mouth! Whether it is in prayer, or quoting scripture, speaking our faith in God, binding the enemy, or whatever! Have enough faith in God to keep your hands out of it, and speak God’s will! (I hope this makes sense without a page on this alone, but this is part of the samurai sheep picture!) What I mean by “keep our hands off”, is simply to quit rushing ahead of God and trying to do things in our own power! We need to get back to the Anointing! All we’re doing is burning ourselves out and not showing the world what true Christianity is. The samurai sheep must learn to hear, and follow, as sheep do, but not rush ahead. This does require discipline and wisdom on our part. Wise as a serpent!

              My 1,000 words are going fast, but…I don’t know how many times God is going to keep bringing us back to II Chronicles 7:14?  However, he does keep bringing us back, because it is the only hope for our future, and the first step of that spiritual formula is to “humble” oneself, or you get no further.

              “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

              God, himself, resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble. We are so spiritually impoverished, the only way we accomplish anything good is by God’s grace, and even that is not our own, but it is God’s. What an honor it is, and it should be enough for us to simply be a vessel that God rides in on. What a powerful and glorious thing it is to be a part of what God does on earth! For us to be able to stand in the gap, and to know that God moved in the earth because of his love for us!

              Pride is Poison to God using us! Superman is a myth, a lie from the devil! Paul knew the power of humility! However, it is true that the Super Shepherd has a flock of blessed sheep! Never underestimate what the Good Shepherd will do for those who are his own, and walk in his ways.

          “Samurai Sheep blip!”

          Here is a quick spiritual blip that came to me as I was in prayer this morning.

          Jesus is the greatest of warriors, but he is the warrior of love, a spiritual warrior, a warrior of righteousness, representing the Kingdom of God which operates by a different set of precepts and laws that are totally foreign to the ways of man. The Kingdom ways are so totally foreign to our own way of thinking, that it means a great transition in our own living and understanding for us to “follow” the Lord and produce the Kingdom in our own life.

          “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT)

          So…if the Lord is to be the Master we choose to follow…then what does it mean to be samurai for Christ?

          It means we must embrace humility. Pride is our enemy, and we must learn what it truly means to be the “sheep” of his “flock”. Pride is amazingly deceitful in its ability to creep in on us.

          “Look, I am sending you out as sheep  among wolves.” (Matt. 10:16 NLT)

          Remember , Pride is Poison to the Anointing. (Selah).

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            1. Pride is so destructive and unfortunately, we don’t often recognize our pride for what it is. We must follow Christ’s example and humble ourselves so we can serve Him. May God open our eyes to the ways in which pride is creeping into our lives and seek His forgiveness.

              • Thanks for visiting my site, Shelly. I also took a quick look at your site and I saw you have a book? Do you have a place the book can be seen, and ordered? I’d like to check it out. God has me on a new journey of looking at his word through the eyes of a sheep. Perhaps I’m a good subject for that, because my secular life has had a lot of “cowboy” in it, and cowboys never particularly liked sheep. So I think the joke is on me, but I am amazed at the things I am now seeing! I’m not sure what this mixture of cowboy and sheep will produce, but I hope you visit again and watch the spiritual journey, and if you agree with the teaching, I invite one and all to join me on this journey. I think God is getting us ready for the last days and one last miracle that is going to come to his church. I’m convinced this teaching is preparing me for it.

                • Justacowboyforchrist, I really enjoyed your post. You can find my devotional called “Deeply Rooted” on amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lifeway and other websites. If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think. I think God has a great sense of humor. I love the cowboy and sheep combination. Blessings on your journey!

            1. I am trying to sift through the patterns of pride in my own life, too. The self-promotion “required” by writers seems greatly antithetical to the ways of God. No complete answers, yet, but more searching…

          1. Very interesting. Of course God examines our heart as to what our true motives may be, but a teacher must teach whether verbally, or written, and a story teller is called to tell their stories. I think this is why I’m so excited about this “sheep thing”, as I like to call it. Somehow, it helps me remember what I really am in this spiritual scenario. There is no reaping unless there is also sowing, and sowing might be self-promoting, but unless people know about you, they have no chance to decide if they believe in your teaching, or not? We live in such a dangerous world of pride. Jesus sent his disciples out without any extra money, extra coat, or anything that might have given them a sense of security. He truly sent them out as lambs amongst wolves, but they were expected to speak out. If we have a message we need to speak it out, and leave the results to God. Whether God chooses to lift us up, or put us down, we need to be contented and at peace in both. You’re a deep thinker, Sean. You have pointed out just how deceptive pride can be, and how it will use anything it can to creep in. I’m convinced that this “Superman Syndrome” has hurt us in ways we have no idea, because most people are not ready to admit the pride in it, nor are they ready to agree that we are just sheep. Most people do believe we are “super” sheep at the very least. It is still strongly believed and taught in most churches. It will be difficult to preach this message at this time, but sheephood has set me free from feeling like I have to prove myself. I am what I am in Christ, and that’s all that I am. What a joy it is to simply rest in that.

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            Subtitlesub: “The Thousand Word Articles”

            Why are some people extremely attracted to the good news of the Gospel, and others extremely repelled?  And two more questions that in an odd way relate to this. Do we try too hard, and in the wrong way? Have we created too many bells and whistles in our effort of trying too hard in the wrong way?

            I hope you all feel sorry for me, because I am a cowboy trying to obey the Holy Spirit in embracing my sheephood. Most of you probably know that cowboys and sheep never really got along too well. I told one reader that the joke is on me! However, let me be quick to say that I am seeing such a new world between God and I that it has become my “delight” and “adventure” to pursue this trail! In other words, I’m loving it!

            So…as I am seeing new things…I couldn’t help but notice a certain modus of operandi that Paul practiced!

            “When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness – timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” (I Cor. 2:1-5 NLT)

            Now he goes on to explain that with more mature believers he goes into deeper things, but I’m relating this to our efforts to evangelize. In our own personal efforts to be a witness, do we try too hard in the wrong ways? We can never try too hard in the right ways, such as prayer, worship, study, and walking in God’s anointing, but how about other things we do because we are just so sure that if we answer every question and explain every option, surely, this one will be saved! If we can just be eloquent enough in our speaking! If we can sound smart enough, and come across “cool” enough, then surely some will be saved? Or does it have anything to do with any of that?

            It seems plain to me that the Gospel itself is a test. First of all, Jesus revealed in John 6: 43-44, that no matter how hard you try to be Super Witness, (2nd cousin to Superman), no one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws them!

            “But Jesus replied, Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me…”

            So here we are trying to be so impresive, and jumping through every hoop, when Paul said he deliberately tried to avoid impressing them, came to them in weakness, simply presented the Gospel story, and then waited to see who would be “attracted” to it, or not! We can tell the story standing on our head if we think it will help, but if the Father does not draw them, it is for nothing! So how does he do this? How is it decided who is drawn and who is not? The answer seems to lie in the Gospel message itself!

            Jesus specifically commanded us to go into the whole world and preach the “Good News” (Gospel) to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved! (Mark 16:15-16) No fancy bells and whistles, simply tell the story of the Christ child who came to pay our price for sin on an old rugged cross, he died, and rose again! While you’re at it you might heal a few folks, cast out demons, and raise the dead! Like I said, we can never try too hard in the “right ways”, but folks, we need to relax and let the Gospel do what it is meant to do, because part of its’ function is to reveal the lovers of darkness!

            If you are a born-again Christian today, can you explain why, when you heard the Gospel story, you were drawn to it and believed, but your best friend was not?

            I think Paul gives us some answers in the very previous chapter of where we started.

            “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (I Cor. 1:18)

            “We who are being saved”?

            “So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1: 23-24)

            “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.” (1:21 NLT)

            Paul, himself, calls his preaching foolish! And yet! Some of us when we hear it are strongly attracted to it, as silver and gold! Precious in our sight! While the world looks at it and mocks, ridicules, scoffs, and persecutes those who would believe such a stupid thing!

            How do they fail to see the beauty of it? How do they fail to see the utter “LOGIC” that no man can save himself, and it only makes sense that a salvation by GRACE would be the only CORRECT answer? How do they not see it? How can they look at a scenic painting on a wall and laugh at you if you suggest it was the accidental result of an explosion in a paint factory, and yet swallow hook, line, and sinker that this whole universal cosmos is a complete freak accident?

            CONCLUSION: I have written all this under the subject of embracing our sheephood, because…Paul understood that he did not have to be a Superman to get people saved. There is much more at work in the Gospel message than any mere man can manage. We need to be faithful to pray and “just tell the story”, say it in love, but then let go, and let God.

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              1. Very well put. The whole, *some are attracted and others repelled*, idea is a sad, helpless, true one. I think the best bit you shared is how we can’t do the “right things” too much. Those are the ones it’s hardest to remember to do!

                • There again, the sheep analogy helps us, because when we realize we are the bottom of the food chain, and every wolf desires for us to be their “prey”, then we are less likely to forget to “pray”. Thanks for taking time to comment, Cheri. It does break our hearts when people just don’t seem to get it. But at the same time, there is something different in us, that caused us to be powerfully drawn to it. The stone that the builders rejected, we find to be precious! That difference is what God is looking for, and the Gospel looks for it too. Be blessed, sister.

                • LOL! I passed your post on somewhere. Now I can’t remember if it was my handful of Twitter or on facebook… Anyway, I’m looking forward to the rest of your series. :-D

                  “Samurai Bride”

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                  WHEN I SAY THE WORD…”SAMURAI”…WHAT DO YOU THINK OF?

                  In this article I want to begin linking the “sheep” and the “Bride”, for they are both symbols of “weakness” and strongly related in understanding our own spiritual position and condition. It has always been my plan to show how these two relate, and in my eyes it is a very powerful spiritual understanding.

                  However, this Sheep, and this Bride, also have a sword, a very powerful Spirit Sword, and they are both called to a life of discipline, devotion, and dedication. This is why I have been led to bring this message of a samurai sheep, and now extending that to the image of a samurai Bride, because in many ways that is what we are. We are not in the position of strength, it is our Shepherd, our Bridegroom, who is in the position of strength, and because of his love for us, he becomes our Champion, like a Queen might choose a Knight to be her champion in the royal battle. I have a champion!

                  We talked about the Church of Philadelphia, of whom the Lord said: “You have little strength,” however, does he not go on to open the door for her? That is the “Powerful Position” I hope to emphasize in these strange teachings of samurai sheep / samurai Bride.

                  When I am the apple of God’s eye, because I am pleasing in his sight, and he loves me with a jealous love, so much so that he becomes my Champion, then God opens doors for me that no man can close! And he closes doors in my protection that no man can open!

                  When I stopped thinking I had to be a spiritual superman, my actual “love” for my Lord leapt up several levels. The scriptures say that Faith worketh by love, and I entered into more of that kind of faith, rather than a faith that works by faith, if you understand what I mean? So this is a glimpse of where we are going, but at the same time we must not forget, she is a Samurai Bride! Lets be clear on what this means.

                  I use the analogy of Samurai because it is an earthly representation that creates an immediate vision in our mind. When I think of Samurai, I see a devoted and highly skilled warrior-servant whose life was sworn to his sword and his master.

                  Perhaps you’ve heard of the word, “Shogun”. When the “feudal system of government” developed in Japan, it was called a shogunate government. The shogunate was a hierarchy in which regional fuedal lords called “daimyo” answered to the “shogun” (military leader), and the “Samurai”, highly trained and loyal warriors, “SERVED” the interest of the daimyos. A Samurai went to exhaustive lengths to protect his “masters” honor, as well as his own, while at all times thinking of the “spirit of Japan”.

                  Now I have said all that to say this, we have a Master, a Kingdom, and a Sword to live by also, just like the samurai of that time, but ours is a spiritual Kingdom, Sword, and Master. The disciplines and honor of “OUR” Master, and “OUR” Kingdom are much different from the kingdoms of man, as I have said before, in our Kingdom we must train our brain to understand that the way up, is actually down! Over and over again our sword emphasizes a path of humility and proclaims loudly the dangers of pride!

                  In our Kingdom we have something known as the “Anointing”, the Spirit of our Lord, the one we love and serve, but pride is poison to that anointing! And if you are not careful, pride will creep into the Superman Syndrome, and blind you to the actual sheep that you are. I say again, without the love and protection of our Champion, we are the bottom of the food chain. It drives Satan mad with insanity as he is time and time again unable to defeat this weak human creature that God created, because that weak human creature has learned what it means to have a Super Champion, and has tapped into it! Indeed, fallen in love with Him!

                  “You have left your first love!” Christ declares to the Church of Ephesus! How about us? Have we gotten so caught up in trying to win people to Christ through a show of blessings and power, an image of Superman, an effort of having faith in faith, that we have left our first love, pride has entered in, we do not pray, fast, or worship, because we are so busy trying to make it all work ourselves, in our own strength, so we are too busy, and we lack desire, we are too tired, to just fall in love and be devoted?(Wow, I just said a lot there. We might want to read that twice.)

                  Yes, as I see it, she is a samurai Bride. She is in the position of the weaker vessel, even as our sword declares the man to be the stronger, but that man becomes the Champion of the weaker, and in that we gain a Sword, armor, and a devotion to aspire to! The word of our Lord proceeds out of our mouth, for we become one with Him, and we have entered into His name, as in a marriage, and I am set to marry into wealth and power beyond any imagination! The armor is not my own, but it is my Husband’s! It is His salvation, righteousness, truth, and Gospel of peace! It is His shield of Faith and Sword of the Spirit! But I marry into it, and such is His love for me, that the weaker receives all the blessings of the stronger by way of a Love Covenant declared in the Kingdom of God!

                  I can say with confidence, there is no more powerful position to be in, than to be the Bride of the Lamb, and she is a spiritual samurai Bride! Praise be to the wisdom and power of our God! Our study in humility continues because God’s strength is perfected in my weakness.

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                    1. It is a very interesting thought pattern you’re following here. I’m enjoying it, especially in regards to what I recently posted over at my blog regarding women in the church. Since women are to represent the bride of Christ  this analogy very much appeals to me, and gives me much to ponder.  To explaine: if women are to represent the church, and the church is in essence a ‘Samurai Bride’ then it defeats the train of thought that women are to be a walked on kind of meek. Hopefully that makes sense? I’m curious if you would think it should be applied to that end too?

                      Also, your second to the last paragraph regarding the church losing her first love reminded me of a favorite song of mine, whose lyrics, at least, I think you will be able to appriciate. It is a song by the Newsboys called Lost the Plot, and in addition to containing a sheep metaphore:

                      ( “Out among the free range sheep While the big birds sharpen their claws. For a time we stuck with the Shepherd, But You wouldn’t play santa clause” )

                      discusses the Church’s loss of her first love for Christ.

                    1. Welcome to a trip down the rabbit hole! In God’s Kingdom up is down, and down is up, and our minds are not automatically in sync with all that. We do not realize how “powerful” the position of “weakness” is. If we are willing to “embrace” what God has called us to be, then God is free to perform everything he promises to be to us!

                      All of us, men included, are in the spiritual female position in relation to Christ. i.e. we are the Bride. In other words, in this “dance” with our Lord, he “leads”! And Jesus never gave us an example that women should ever be walked on. God created Eve to be a great treasure to Adam! The right man will want to see you be fulfilled in your dreams also. With Christ as our advocate, we never need to be the “walked on kind of meek”. If we let him be our champion, the prayers we pray have power. The weakness I speak of is not about being walked on, it is about recognizing our own weaknesses, and our great need for him. When we recognize him as the champion, and not we ourselves, then he will defend our cause!

                      Now God has set a line of authority, of which the male figure is also symbolic of Christ. If you honor the line of authority, God will honor you. This is why it is so important to be careful who you submit to. Find a man you know you can trust completely! This includes a Church pastor. I believe women can do many things in ministry, but I have one caveat. It seems to me that at the head of the thing somewhere, there needs to be a man. It is completely wrong, symbolically speaking, if a woman is exercising authority over man. (This does not apply to the secular world of careers.)

                      Women may be in the position of following a man’s lead, but she certainly has the freedom of choosing who those men will be. That applies to a future husband, or the Church you choose. I cannot stress enough that you make wise choices as to who you choose. Men of wisdom have great respect for the treasure that women are.

                      I don’t know if this is the answer you really want to hear, but God created man first, and I guess he just has his reasons for why it is the way it is. However, in a church women may end up in authority over men if the head pastor approves of it, because in this way she is still under the authority of the head-man. It is not as though she is doing her own thing in rebellion to all male authority. The head-pastor would have the right to decide such things in his church.

                      If I were a woman, it seems to me that it just keeps coming back to finding real men of God that you can trust. I don’t know if I have helped you at all, but Jesus said the servant is greatest of all. As we realize more and more that God will be our champion, if we let him, then it really doesn’t matter what disadvantages we may feel we have, our champion will know how to make it work to our good! Maybe that should have been my first answer? LOL!

                      I make the reference to a samurai Bride because the word of God is powerful in us! (Whether we be male or female.) Yes, she is the Bride of the Lamb, but look out! Because God has armed her with his word! A sword sharper than any two-edged sword! Not only do we speak God’s word, but we obey God’s word. That, also, makes her samurai. She lives by her sword, the word of God, in every way. The sword is her life, honor, purpose, and passion! And who is the word of God? Jesus, himself! Therefore, our champion shows up on the scene even as we speak his word, for he is the word! He is a sword coming out of our mouth, a sword like none-other!

                      So we are weak, indeed. Without Christ, we live on a fault-line in which the earth may open its mouth and sin may swallow us whole at any second. Without Christ, we are spiritual paupers! Without our Champion, we can do nothing. We must always remember he is the vine, and we are but branches. We are weak, but he is strong. If we keep the “Glory” where it belongs, then we get to enjoy all the benefits of his strength. When Moses raised his staff and the waters parted, I bet the Egyptians thought that Moses must be one powerful man! After all, did it not look like “he” (Moses) just parted the waters? But Moses did not, did he? Many times we will get to enjoy the fact that it will look like we have done some incredible thing, but we better always remember who the Champion really is. Pride will cut us down quicker than anything. I’m so glad I got a revelation of what it means to embrace my sheephood. That was not any easier for me, than I suppose it is for women to follow the lead of a man, but I decided I should “cowboy up” and hug a sheep! I have not regreted doing so.

                      Sorry for writing you such a book, but your question is such an important one.

                    1. Thank you for your thoughtful, and thought provoking reply. I find your line of thought fascinating, and though much of it seems to be just common sense, it consists mostly of points that I have not found before in my reading, and research.  For instance, your point that women can choose who they submit to. This is a very freeing, and revoltuionary thought, which I will keep in mind from here on out. Though I wonder at this in some ways because in biblical times women did not have a choice. What would you have said to them? Wouldn’t submission to women without choice have encouraged a walked on meekness?

                      As far as women in the church, let me sure I fully understand what you are saying: You believe that women can be active in the church even up to the point of being a pastor under the senior pastor so long as the senior pastor approves of it? That is an interesting view, and one that I can agree with. What do you believe about the verse where it says that women shouldn’t speak in church, and if they have questions should refrain from asking until they are at home with a male authority figure? That one comes up a lot when I dialouge with people who have legalist views.

                      You say “As we realize more and more that God will be our champion, if we let him, then it really doesn’t matter what disadvantages we may feel we have, our champion will know how to make it work to our good!” I would agree with this…to a point. I believe that God has given us spiritual gifts, the gift of teaching for example, and if a church suppresses  a women who has this gift I believe that is wrong. So it depends what you mean by this. If you mean that disadvantages that Christ creates are ok, and He will make them work to our good then I agree. If you mean disadvantages due to the misenterpretation of scripture which suppress women then I would disagree. I would urge that a woman in such a situations should try to get out of it, though, of course God could work it for good.

                      I love the way you think of the church, and thoroughly agree. We should be the powerful bride of Christ armed with His words, and living honorably for Him. Our world has warped what is honerable, and what is powerful; your view stated here is an excellent pair of corrective lenses which undermine that worldview. Again, I appreciate your enthusiasm for scripture, and your taking the time to reply. Thank you.

                  1. Thank you for the chance to clarify, Veronica Rose. I’ll try to take them in order. In the Old Covenant there probably was a lot of that happen. The Old and New Covenants are like two completely different set of glasses to look through. Each having a different purpose. The Old Covenant was to bring us to the end of ourself, prove to us we can’t earn our own way to God, it was full of LAW, and there was very little grace, it was mostly judgment without mercy, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. Its main purpose was to show our need for GRACE, and thereby motivate us towards the New Covenant in Christ where grace, mercy, and love abounds.

                    Many people look at the OC and try to say God is a mean and vengeful God, but what God was showing was that without grace and mercy, without Christ, there is nothing left but a fearful judgment! In some ways it should scare the hell out of us! So the Old Covenant is LAW and JUDGEMENT, but the New Covenant is LOVE and GRACE. Yes, I’m sure there were plenty of women who were walked on during that time, even though it is not what God wanted even then. If someone dies without Christ, they will face the God of the OC, and there will be righteous judgement without mercy. All those who die without Christ will receive exactly what they have earned. Which is what we all have earned, but praise be to God, there is love and mercy in Christ!

                    As far as women not speaking in church, I really do think it was a matter of education and keeping order at that time. There is meant to be peace, love, and order in any church service, but like I shared before, the symbolic matter of a man still being the lead, seems to be pretty plain. I really don’t see a way around it. Putting everything under whoever the Lead- Man is, is as far as I can see stretching it. It makes sense to me, and my conscience feels good about it, but that does bring us back to using wisdom in the LEADERS we choose, doesn’t it.

                    Even as you said, women whose gift are being quenched by a church having legalistic views, should get out of it. Even as a man, I have to submit to the leadership of the head pastor. I can share my opinion in an orderly way, but we do not cause division in the church. I believe the prayers of a submitted person are very powerful with God, even more powerful than a PROUD leader who is full of himself. It is funny…because it is Valentine’s Day…and I just got a card from my wife in which she wrote…”You’re someone I can count on to say what you mean, to know what’s right and to do what’s right, and that is why when you say that you love me, I know it’s true.”

                    I believe God will lead us to the right person if we let him, and when there is real love, all the bumps in the road along the way can be worked out in a way that is pleasing to God. But I have seen woman who grew up in homes where they saw their mother abused by a man, and then went on to marry the very same kind of man! Let God lead you to a man who will love you for who you are, protect and provide, and will not be someone who tries to use the Bible as a way to abuse the woman. The Bible may teach male leadership, but it does not teach for that leadership to be a platform for abuse, in fact, it is just the opposite, let he who would be great, become the servant of all. I apply this to not only finding a spouse, but also the Pastor and Church. Be careful, and be wise.

                    Hope this helps to clarify some things. I got to rush to work now. I will read it again when I get home, and if I see anything to add or correct, I will. Thanks for stopping in. I like the way your comments really add to the perspective of the articl

                    “The Path of Weakness” / Samurai Sheep

                    Subtitle: “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”

                    Question > “What did we learn in the wilderness?”

                    So just what is this path of weakness, anyway? What exactly does it mean to be samurai sheep?

                    To put it in a nutshell, it is about > COMING TO THE END OF “SELF”.

                    This is a Samurai path, because one, it is not easy, and two, it requires a disciplinship, a discipleship, to embrace it. The flesh does not die easily. Only God, through the power of the Holy Spirit can achieve such things in us. The process by which that occurs, I believe, is very much pictured in the wilderness journey of Israel, as they had just been set free from many years of slavery and bondage, and now had a promise of a blessed life ahead, but in the meantime they had a trial by fire training program in the wilderness! So my question remains > “What did we learn in the wilderness?”

                    We are likely going to be in this wilderness for a while in order for me to share what God is showing me, but here is where we start, with another question that has kind of bothered me for a long time, but I just didn’t have an answer, and now I do.

                    Question > “Why did God allow His people to go hungry, or go thirsty, until they were crying out for the need?”

                    I use to think they were just being sissies, and they needed to toughen up and trust God. However, I now see that does not make sense. These people were used to hardship. I’m sure I would have crumbled under the task masters of Egypt! I’m sure they had known lack most of their lives! So now, they all of a sudden become whining sissies? Not so.

                    As-a-matter-of-fact, being use to fending for themselves may have been what was hindering them!

                    The wilderness journey was a completely “supernatural” voyage. Consider this…they were surrounded by nothing but death! Snakes, scorpions, heat, cold at night, no water, no food, nothing but wilderness for miles and miles! So…when the water began to run low, what do you think they were doing? Do you think they immediately began crying out to God? I don’t think so. I think they were doing what many of us would do. They were searching for water! Trying to find it on their own! Because, so far, God had not come through, and if there is any water around, I’m going to find it! Until, eventually, they give up in the hopeless realization that there is no water to be found, and no way to make it! Either God moves, or we die!

                    Isn’t that what we do? Is it not our first reaction to fend for ourselves, fight our own battles, solve our own problems, earn our own keep? But how do you earn your own keep in the Supernatural? How do you fight your own battles and solve your own problems in the Supernatural? We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto! The way up is down and down is up and what do you mean stop walking by sight? God needed them to learn the Supernatural before they got to the Promised Land! And they failed! God was teaching them lessons in the Supernatural, and that they are NOT Supernatural, BUT HE IS!

                    As a Samurai Sheep it is imperative that we know what we learned in the wilderness. As God’s flock, we are invited to a Supernatural life, but it only works one way. That way is shown in the wilderness.

                    How many times did God have to show them that they “could not”, but “He could”!

                    The wilderness journey was a lesson in coming to the END OF SELF, and entering into complete reliance on Him. Consider these scriptures: Deuteronomy 8:2-? (NLT)

                    “Remember how the Lord your God led (sheep) you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. “ (Stop)

                    What man could have provided that? Not only was there no source of food to supply the need of so great a people, but God fed them with a new food, never seen before, coming down out of heaven! Miracle food! Supernatural! God is trying to teach them that they are in way over there little sheep heads, but don’t worry, I love you and I’ve got you covered! (But still, they even tried to hoard the manna! Remember? We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!)

                    (VRS 15-?) “Do not forget that he led (sheep) you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. He did all this SO YOU WOULD NEVER SAY TO YOURSELF, ‘I HAVE ACHIEVED THIS WEALTH WITH MY OWN STRENGTH AND ENERGY.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”

                    That we would never say, “I have achieved this with my own strength and energy”. The Bible always shows us in the weaker position.

                    He is the Vine, we are the branches.

                    He is the Groom, we are the Bride.

                    Unless you come to me as little children…

                    Blessed are the poor in spirit…

                    When I am weak, then am I strong.

                    He is the Potter, I am the clay.

                    He must increase, and I must decrease.

                    He is the Shepherd, I am the sheep. (These are just a few examples.)

                    “What did we learn in the wilderness?”

                    They lived in tents because they needed to always stay in His presence! When the cloud by day, or the pillar of fire by night, began to move, then they moved too! Their life depended on it! Does our life depend any less on that today, if we desire to walk in God’s Supernatural? We don’t need to be digging for water, or hunting food, but we darn better well stay with our Shepherd, or we are dead meat! Bottom of the food chain! (Sorry, I got carried away.)

                    There is so much more to teach from our wilderness journey about the Supernatural, but we end with this warning from God. It concerns what could happen once the people of Israel reached the Promised Land of Blessings. Pride is poison to the anointing, and the anointing is God’s presence. Beware the Superman Syndrome.

                    The Path of Weakness is laying down our own “human strength”, so the “divine power” of God might be manifested through us.

                    (VRS 11-?) “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous…(skip)…be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”

                    Paul confirms this same principal of COMING TO THE END OF SELF, in II Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT)

                    “We think you ought to know dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. BUT AS A RESULT, WE STOPPED RELYING ON OURSELVES AND LEARNED TO RELY ONLY ON GOD, WHO RAISES THE DEAD.”

                    This is one lesson we learn in the wilderness, I am the sheep, he is the Shepherd. I will be satisfied in Him. In this I will be content, whether I abound, or lack, for in times that I thought I was fighting the devil, was I found to be fighting God instead? Not all of God’s blessings, feel like blessings, but may still be a blessing indeed. Welcome to the Supernatural!

                    e.

                     

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