The Sheep Are Starving

29 Oct

“Any Christian who is not rooted in the Word of God has no roots.” – Dr. Jerry Falwell

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17)

On a scale of 1-10, how consistently are you being fed spiritually?
On a scale of 1-10, how consistently and effectively are you feeding God’s sheep?

I keep hearing again and again in my spirit, “The sheep are starving.” This raises three important questions:

1) What do we feed God’s sheep?

Answer: God’s Word

The first chapter of the gospel of John makes it clear that Jesus is the Word of God. In John 6:51, Jesus said, “I AM the living bread that came down from heaven.”

On a Sunday morning about seven years ago, I drove my daughter and her boyfriend for 2+ hours to Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg Virginia to hear Dr. Jerry Falwell preach and meet him in person. It just happened to be the 50th anniversary of giving his heart to the LORD, I remember clearly what Dr. Falwell said, “Any Christian who is not rooted in the Word of God has no roots.”

Allow me to share the following online quote by David Hunt, co-founder of The Berean Call:

I’m going to feed them from the Word of God. What do we mean by that? Well, Jesus quoted it in the wilderness, and it comes from Deuteronomy chapter 8. God said through Moses, and this really relates to Peter. God says in Deuteronomy 8:3: “I led you through the wilderness, I caused you to thirst and to hunger to see what was in your heart and to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” And then of course, Jeremiah said: “Thy words were found and I did eat them, and they were unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”

Incidentally, the theme verse for The Berean Call is Acts 17:11 – “[The Bereans] … searched the scriptures daily [to see] where those things were so.”

2) How often are we supposed to feed God’s sheep?

Answer: Daily

Psalm 1:1-3 speaks of how a man is richly blessed by meditating on the Word of God morning and night. There are many other Bible verses that emphasize the importance of meditating on the Word of God.

Blessed is the man who … delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)

To me the answer to this question is so intuitively obvious. How often do we feed our physical bodies with physical food? The answer is clearly daily, in fact several times a day, except when fasting.

3) How can we best feed so many starving sheep with limited resources?

Answer: Web 2.0 (Social Marketing)

As Dr. Jerry Graham and I teach in our Web 2.0 online courses, Web 2.0 is at least 100 times more powerful than Web 1.0 (traditional websites) for communication and marketing. The overriding theme of our Web 2.0 courses is “Feed me sheep.”

We all have a very limited amount of time. Using the Internet strategically is one of the best ways to LEVERAGE that time. The Internet is God’s SUPERNATURAL highway of communication. Stated another way, “What prayer is for communication in the spiritual realm, the web is for communication in the natural realm.”

I want to say a special “thank you” to a few of our Web 2.0 course participants who are consistently feeding God’s sheep through Social Media.

Renato Amato – www.renatoamato.com
Bob – www.thebahamabob.com
Nancy Slocum – www.nancy777.com
Bertha Hinson – www.hisgateway.com

I also want to say “Congratulations” to three of our Web 2.0 course participants who are launching their first paid 4-week teleseminar series next Tuesday November 3.

Renato Amato and Ben Stewart – “4 SIMPLE STEPS TO HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART!

Carrie Stone – “FOUR WEEKS TO FREEDOM!

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, thank You for the life and power contained within Your holy Word. Thank You for the Internet which allows each of us to LEVERAGE our time tremendously on Your behalf if we so choose. Forgive me for being inconsistent in recent months feeding your sheep daily through this blog. I pray against the spirit of busyness in my life and the lives of those who read this message. I ask for Your divine guidance and favor in raising up an army of tens of thousands of your shepherds over the next year to feed starving sheep with Your holy Word using Web 2.0. As You command us, we ask You, LORD of the harvest, to send many workers into the harvest fields. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Blessings to feed yourself daily and then feed God’s sheep consistently!

Joseph PeckJoseph

Joseph Peck, M.D.
The Time Doctor
Empowering Dreams
Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
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2 Responses to “The Sheep Are Starving”

  1. Nancy Slocum October 29, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    Thanks Randy for the important reminder of daily feeding oneself on the Word of God and then feeding other sheep what you have received. It is so life giving. I certainly value what I receive from my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    As I was reading your daily blessing it reminded me of a very clear picture God recently gave me in a dream that is in line with what you are saying. I recently posted it as Dream: The Way Home to God’s Heart. It always amazes me the way God communicates to His people!

    I appreciated your prayer because I surely identifed with you when you spoke of the spirit of “busyness”. You are not alone, brother!

    Blessings,
    Nancy

  2. Jerry Graham October 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    And I would like to join Randy in his Thank You to Renato, Bob, Bertha, and Nancy and his Congratulations to Renato, Ben, and Carrie. We’re incredibly proud of you guys!
    God bless,
    Jerry

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