COMPONENTS OF THE SHEEPFOLD (3): THE GOATS - EZEKIEL 34:1-24

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Just like in a sheepfold, you have sheep; those who submit to leadership and find their place of service within their church, you also have goats. Goats are often the opposite of sheep. They are rebellious and cause strife and division within the sheepfold. Goats can be categorised into two kinds:

a. Circumstantial Goats: These are people that manifest as goats because of wrong placement. They are not supposed to be goats, but because they have not found their pastor, they are not fulfilling their destinies as sheep where they are wrongly located. Such a person is not a goat by nature but by wrong placement in a wrong church. Such is a good person that becomes a bad person. 

b. Natural Goats: These are people that are goats by nature. These are the people who cause undercurrents of negative discussion in the Church. Natural goats do not mean any harm in the troubles their presence has the potential of causing, but they just keep doing so because it is in their nature to cause trouble. 

These are people who often have undisclosed and/or unaddressed issues in their lives that keep them from submitting to leadership. They lash out often, are unable to work well with others, are unable to fellowship with the other sheep or productively contribute to the sheepfold they find themselves in.

 

PRAYERDear father, thank you for opening my eyes to the truth in your word! Help me to work in love, understanding and obedience to the shepherd you’ve given me. Amen!
 
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:9-10