by Benjamin Munsell on August 2, 2019
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, 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, and one shepherd. John 10:11-16. Let's be clear about the power of the wolf. He works for Satan, AND SATAN IS DEFEATED. Therefor, the wolf is not to be feared. Oh yes, he tries, and may even get away with, sowing discord, lies, rumors, and even doubt, about one's walk with Christ. The wolf may very well Terrorize the sheep, especially if he's dealing with an hiring. Even if a wolf "kills" a sheep, THEY ARE STILL A SHEEP. For whatever reason, if a wolf catches a sheep and starts gnawing on a "leg of lamb", he's still a sheep and still part of the fold. Christ will NOT LOOSE ANY OF HIS, even if that sheep physically dies, he still belongs to Christ. A wolf can potentially destroy a physical gathering of Believers and that specific gathering of Believers may be scattered to the four winds. But they still belong to Christ and will ultimately go "home" to be with Him. Wolves KNOW THE TRUTH, they just don't care about it. They are Satan's "hands and feet", and will try to destroy all they can. A Shepherd DOES NOT fear the wolf but will deal with the wolf any and every way the Lord directs him to. The hireling DOES NOT know his authority in Christ OVER the wolf because he doesn't know OR BELIEVE the Lord. Yes, mature sheep can discern a wolf in the flock, but it is up to the Shepherd to deal with it. Pray for your shepherd, and, Be Blessed.