REFLECTIONS OF A SHEEP
THE SERIES - BOOK
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
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From Glory To Glory
Corinthians 3 - 18: “And we all
who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”.
a powerful scripture! We are literally being transformed into His
image with “ever increasing” glory. No casual dormancy inferred
here. No I'm sitting at the side of the “road less traveled”
in “neutral”. What's being described here is emphatically
active and intensely ongoing.
have been granted, “with unveiled faces”, access to the
progressive unveiling of our Shepherd's glory, find
ourselves spiritually expectant with the anticipation of wider,
higher, and deeper promised revelations of Jesus to behold.
we breathe, we are constantly being exposed to a clearer
visual, then re-invented to reflect a more
glorious likeness of the One we call, Altogether Lovely! Now that's
know Jesus, as seen from any perspective is beautiful. It would
seem, His beauty is such that it can't be ingested in one sitting so
we are brought back to His banquet table over and over again to
delight in Him from different angles, thereby knowing Him
Him better always results in loving Him more! Loving Him more always
results in wanting to be more like Him. “From
glory to glory”!
our Lord's beauty is so magnificent that we have to be fed
it incrementally one drop at a time. I'm guessing God knows,
anything more intense would stop our hearts.
is our Shepherd! How incredibly blessed and privileged we are to have
been given by grace, the opportunity to not only know Him, but
equally incredible, to partner with Him as His sheep!
9 - 16: “The Lord their God will save His
people on that day as a Shepherd saves His flock. They
will sparkle in His land like jewels in a
the more we become like our Shepherd the brighter we will sparkle!
The revelation of Jesus can never be exhausted. He's that
magnificent! There's always more of His loveliness to
discover! Don't you just love being a sheep!
Things Have Changed
28 - 16 > 20: And Jesus came and
spoke to them saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I
have commanded you; And lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age”.
find it profoundly interesting that immediately after Jesus
enlightens His disciples to His all authority status, He says
GO! These disciples had spent three years with Jesus. They had
seen Him perform many astounding miracles.
saw Him crucified, buried and raised from the dead. Therefore they
knew He had serious authority!
until then Jesus “did the doing” and they “watched”.
Jesus “taught the teachings” and they “listened”. They
themselves had basically done nothing at all, yet!
So, their Lord's final words were not a reminder regarding Him
but rather an announcement concerning them.
about to change on a massive scale”, for you! The
authority I have, will soon indwell you by My Spirit.
do, and teach in My name, using My “residing in
you”' authority! The things you have seen me do, greater
things than these you will do!
empowering words spoken by Jesus but to his disciples,
declarations that had to
be strangely confusing.
leader was about to leave, with instructions that to them in their
immediate natural, must have seemed impossible. Jesus also threw
these words of mystery into the equation: “It's good that I leave”.
How is that a “good thing”, they must have wondered.
were so stunned that after Jesus ascended, angels had to appear
asking the disciples the question: Why are you still standing here?
likely thought: We're taking a moment to process what we just
heard and seen. It's all a little overwhelming!
His final words to His disciples made two major information
imparting and confidence instilling statements that need to ring
true in our lives today.
of extreme clarity, comfort, empowered enablement, and assurance
for us all. Thus, the reason Jesus waited until the last second
to announce them. “Last words spoken are seldom forgotten”.
have been given all authority. Second:
I am with you, therefore the authority that I speak of will
be residing in you always.
our personal lives: I have “all” authority for you to
use as you speak Heaven's viewpoints into the issues of
your world and I will “always” be with you and in
and Always are emphatically powerful words! By His
Spirit Jesus has taken up permanent residence as the
overseer of our lives. Whether on the “mountain top” or in the
“valley”, the same truth applies, always.
truth we are encouraged by our Lord to embrace with our
whole hearts! These statements of Jesus can be trusted as fact. They
are in fact the foundation to our “new reality”.
reality that is “in the world” but does not adhere
or bend a knee to “the world”. We are no longer victims
of circumstance, we are circumstance overcomers. In fact we are
circumstance changers! As His children “things have changed”
for us, as was the case with these disciples of Jesus.
have to, or are encouraged to, be common or ordinary in the
way we live life. As we walk in our inherited changes,
Goliath's will fall. They have no real choice. We are called,
anointed, and authorized to dominate, not be dominated!
entered into this spiritually intimate relationship
with Jesus our external was never again meant to have
predominance over our conclusionary thinking.
the inside out is our “new” direction and directive. Our internal
dictating to our external in heavenly
imparted “all-authority” power!
48 - 17: “This is what the Lord says, your
Redeemer the Holy One of Israel. I am the Lord your God who teaches
you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should
Lord teaches and His direction will never align itself
with the natural. Why would it? That would constitute a
serious down-grade of gargantuan proportion. In fact His
leadings will always be diametrically opposite to natural.
doubt, going “against the grain” can feel awkward. But going
“with it” can feel painful!
you think about it, we were not called to fit in but rather stand
out. If a person has “the answer” why would they choose to
reside in “the question”?
are by Gods design and choosing, the residing places of
the literal essence and presence of God! Not a truth to be
ingested as a fantasy type feel good thing, but rather a powerful
reality to walk, talk and breathe in!
like those early disciples should take a moment and process that
information. Then go and live it!
41 - 10: “So do not fear for I am with you; Do
not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help
you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand”.
Lord is our Shepherd, we shall not want”!
The Seen Versus
16 - 13: “I have told you these things
so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you
will have trouble ( the seen ). But take heart, I (
the unseen ) have ( past tense ) overcome the world”.
John 4 - 4: “You dear children are from God and
have ( past tense ) overcome them because the One who
is in you ( the unseen ) is greater than the one who is in the
world” ( the seen ).
first scripture reference in the Gospel of John is interestingly
pre-cross. We hear Jesus proclaiming “He has overcome the world”
while in His immediately future lies an arrest, conviction and
“seen” strongly suggests that Jesus has been overcome! The
“unseen” says, not at all. Those in attendance including His own
are saying “He is finished” while Jesus is saying “It is
in 1 John ( post-resurrection ) we see John applying
the all-important layer of transference from “I have
overcome” to “you have overcome”.
combination of both scriptures exposes the “I in you and you
in Me” promised by our Lord dynamic and foundation to our
our position of “in Him and Him in us” that allows us heavenly
licence to have peace in the middle of our storms! In fact power over
our storms! It's why we are different, uncommon, and not
Shepherd has provided for us a banquet of available, indwelling,
faith information to enable us to dictate to our hearts and
world, our higher truth. It's not that we ignore their
obvious ( seen ), we just don't adhere to it.
lives as sheep, are to be lived in the world of spectacular unseen
faith. Heaven has called and anointed us to do so. It's where
our power of the cross resides.
doubt it's radicle. But what could ever be more radical than hanging
from a cross while simultaneously declaring victory!
2 - 20: “I have been crucified with Christ and
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the
body ( the seen ) I live by faith ( the unseen
) in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me”.
one time, wouldn't you just love to stare into the face of darkness
as it shows up with its attempts to distract or scare and
proclaim: Do you have any idea how close you are to your worst
nightmare and watch it run!
think it would become an addictive behavior. I also think it's an
available heavenly prescribed behavior! Don't fear, don't worry and
don't be anxious are all encapsulated in “live by faith”.
we're going to “do the don'ts” then how does that make us
different than anyone else?
1 - 16 & 17: “For I am not ashamed of the
gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to
everyone who believes, first to the Jew and then to the Gentile. For
in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed. A
righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is
written; The righteous will live by faith”.
is so much more than dormantly claiming to be something. It's
actively acting, thinking, and talking like the something
we are claiming to be. Something very powerful in God's eyes.
bless Him by living it out in all its meant to be glory!
11- 6: “And without faith it's
impossible to please God because anyone that comes to Him must
believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly
what is the God pleasing “faith approach” to our
days? Taking hold of and applying the all authority status
of “Christ in us” and walking in it with enthusiasm and
to the extreme by faith, because He has overcome! Past, present,
heavenly equation, while scripturally described as having the utmost
of importance, so often finds itself being the most neglected.
I'm not sure why. It's a spiritually chilling mystery to be
that drives me back, time and time again to the story of the ten men
with leprosy that Jesus healed.
were healed but only one was made “whole”. The one who
felt the “need” to say thank you, was not comfortable with the
assumption that Jesus probably understood.
see he had a burning ''need'' that the others didn't have. Little
did he know that his “need” would be the pathway to his
convinced that the non-returning nine were thankful on some level. No
one could be that oblivious. They had just been given back their
lives top to bottom. Of course they were thankful, but casually and
complacently so. Thus, not near enough to express it!
that day Jesus gave each of the ten the exact same
blessing. Jesus then waited. How do I know He waited? Well, all
ten left together but the one who came back found our Lord standing
exactly where he had left Him, “waiting” at the scene of the
Jesus didn't do was chase the men down the road insisting
they say thank you. No He waited, thereby allowing the ten to
determine their own wholeness. Jesus provided the blessing but
it was they who would determine its degree of impact in and
on their lives.
would seem that Jesus finds a person's “need to be expressively
thankful” delightfully refreshing and most worthy of His
attention and indulgence.
knows He's not dealing with
the majority but finds much value in
the “One”. I find it amazingly beautiful that my
Shepherd isn't interested in numbers.
gracefully passes by the complacent majority always in
search of the “One”. The thankful one. It would
seem His interest is in quality over
the spiritually chilling part: The nine never did say “thank you”,
choosing instead to adopt a comfort level with their “casual”
mindset toward this massively important spiritual dynamic. A mindset
that would leave them “never whole” by choice and never knowing
nine who never returned prove to us: We can deem casually
complacent as acceptable and become so comfortable with it, that in
time we don't even notice the “condition” as it becomes our
normal lifestyle! Again chilling, with its self-destructive
thankfulness is the biblical pre-requisite to wholeness. It's the
ingredient that completes the “heavenly equation”. It's the
action that blesses the heart of Jesus the most.
a truth that cannot be avoided, therefore worthy of pausing for a
moment to expose its importance.
interesting how God provides humbling real life examples to fortify
and verify His truth. I have a grandson named Kellen. He’s
often God’s tool of teaching me valuable lessons.
given a gift from Grandpa, he won't stop saying “thank you”
until he's convinced I
know he is thankful. It seems important to
him that I know. Kellen is only five years old and has
always been like this. He has a wonderful heart.
hasn't spent a single day in Bible College or for that matter reading
the bible. He doesn't have a shelf full of commentaries. I highly
doubt he would claim to be filled with the Holy
go to Catholic School where he was taught to say grace and will
fight you for the “privileged calling” to do so. You see
it's his job and one he takes seriously!
love the blessing that Kellen is to me. In his own “little” way
he teaches me “grand” and “wonderful” things. I never miss an
occasion to bring him a gift.
so enjoy his extreme, non-optional mindset toward thankfulness.
It's in those moments I get a glimpse of how Jesus must feel
when we do likewise.
see, thankfulness “kept a secret” defeats the
purpose of being thankful. In
our story of the ten lepers it's interesting to note: The
one who returned was asked by Jesus; Were there not ten?
would strongly suggest
Jesus notices both the returners and the non-returners. It's
important to be the ones asked the question and not be the ones the
question is being asked about.
thankfulness while costing nothing, is seen by Jesus as having
great value! In short: Everything we do and say causes a
reaction. Thankfulness inspires the one being thanked, while a lack
of it creates the exact opposite result.
casualness when it comes to thankfulness, is a spiritually toxic
mindset with far reaching implications. Thus emphatically
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