Text: Matthew 10:16
“I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
There should be a good surprise seen in us. So cool that it is so hard to believe that we are Christians.
Assure first your testimony. Second, back it up with the sacred lifestyle God has designed.
As a sheep, we should:
1. Be careful in the wolf land
Be on your guard.
“Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues.”
Quest, a former songleader at Victory, went out to the music industry because he wanted to share the light of God. Before we face the ‘world’, we must make sure that our foundation is firm and our focus is on God.
Remember: We can be attacked at wolf land. Wolves are out to do harm.
“Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death.”
“I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”
We will be mocked and ridiculed. Yet, consider the word ‘banal’ as a compliment. Without holiness, we will not see the Lord.
Wolves are predators and the sheep are its targets.
This world wants us down.
Wolves have packs + alpha male.
Matter of ‘palakasan’ with their alpha male for they do kill their own kind.
On the other hand:
Sheep have flocks + shepherd.
We have the Alpha and the Omega. Our edge: We have the good Shepherd who is Jesus in us. Psalms 23
B. Wolves among sheep
Wolf in a sheep’s clothing are the people we have to detect. We have to be careful.
When a wolf comes in, the flock tends to get affected. We become victims.
There are times we come across with wolves in this life but our Shepherd is faithful to lead us and protect us from them.
Note: Wolves don’t have the desire to change.
There is a big difference with wolves among sheep and sheep among wolves.
Make sure you are a roaring lamb. We must make the influence, not the wolves. Jesus does not want us to be a wolf. We are the salt and light of the world.
Do not sit in the seat of sinners if you’ll just sin with them. Seat with them and win them like what Jesus did.
2. Be wise.
We need to be wise, show good judgment, prudent and wisdom.
We can actually learn form snakes. They are intelligent animals.
“Their venom is like that of a snake, like a deaf serpent that does not hear.”
Remember: Satan has been around for years and he knows us. We should not let the devil have an opportunity on our lives.
Most controversial sermon: ‘Buti pa ang Demonyo’
“And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come.”
B. Alam ang bibliya
Matthew 4:5-6 – Jesus was tempted by the demon
C. May takot sa Diyos
“You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”
We should keep connected with God. No strong Christian can walk away from God because he was overdosed by God’s word.
Prayer will help us gain wisdom. Pray. God gives wisdom.
Do we consider ourselves as prayer warriors? Let us not neglect attending the weekly prayer meeting.
3. Strive for innocence
As innocent as doves.
“Be mild and meek..”
Doves symbolize purity. It was even used to represent the Holy Spirit.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Maging bobo sa kasalanan at henyo sa kabutihan!
“Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
-1 Corinthians 14:20
Romans 16:19: Be excellent on what is good, be innocent on evil.
Sheep in Wolf’s clothing
By Ptr Jordan Escusa
September 9, 2012