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Needless to say, it's very important to know what foods are most conducive to the growth of lambs. The apostle to whom Jesus gave the command "Feed my lambs" has said to those lambs, "As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" 1 Pet. 2:2. Milk is the aliment which the nature of the newly born infant demands. The infant instinctively receives it with a readiness. It's the natural and most proper food. It is the food above all others for the sustaining of life and the promotion of growth. So the glorious doctrines of the gospel are the natural and most proper food for the Christian. The newly created life in the refenerated soul instinctively turns to the Word of God for nourishment. It's the natural food for the new life. Nothing else can be substituted for it and growth go on unhindered. One balmy afternoon while walking over the pleasant fields of a large farm with my heart in sweet communion with God, I came upon the most beautiful flock of sheep it had ever been my privilege to behold. They were quietly grazing in a rich green pasture, nreaby to which silently flowed a deep, broad river. To me it was a fair reminder of the "still waters" the Good Shepherd gave promise to lead His sheep beside, and the "green pastures" He promised to make them to "lie down in." From beholding this beautiful fleecy flock I learned a lesson which I hope never to forget. The principal cause of their well-delveloped frame and handsome appearance was, they were well cared for when they were lambs. Since then I've often remembered, and felt the import of the command the Savior so tenderly gave His shepherds, "Feed my lambs." Over and over has it, in all its strength and beauty, been breathed anew by the Spirit in my soul, animating me to greater assiduity in caring for the precious lambs of His fold. And, thus, I shall prove my love to Him by doing all I can in caring for His lambs. Lambs need something more than feed; they must be sheltered from the cold wind and cruel storm. Feed them ever so well, but if you expose them to the wintry storm, they will die. In John 21:15 the word feed is translated from the same Greek term as is the word feed in the 17th verse: but in the 16th verse the word feed is translated from an entirely different Greek term. In this verse the Greek doesn't mean simply to feed, but to protect, to shelter, to tend. The shepherd's duty isn't only to feed the lambs, but also to guard them from the wolves that are seeking to devour them.

Who Are Christ's Lambs?

They are those who are young in Christian experience whom the Saviour calls lambs. The shephers that are to feed them are His ministers. A lamb is one of the most meek, tender, and tractable of all the young animals, and very fittingly represents one who have received the meek and tender spirit of Christ. Christianity in its nature is meek and miled. It converts the wold into a lamb and the leopard into a kid. Young Christians are, therefore, beautifully spoken of as lambs, whose nature is mild and gentle. Christ's lambs are those who have receive into their hearts His lamb-like spirit. They are those whose hearts and souls have been touched and thrilled with the mildness and tenderness of divine life; this in whom the "hidden amn of the heart" is robed in rightwousness and adorned with " a meek and quiet spirit" which is precious before God.

Feed My Sheep

He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time...lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Feed my sheep
John 21:15-17

Not only did Jesus instruct the disciples to feed his lambs, but he also told them to feed the sheep. A sheep is a full grown lamb. How is the food for sheep different from that of lambs?

Lambs feed on mother's milk. They nibble the sweetest and tenderest of the plants that mother nibbles, They lick gently at the flowing water until they learn to put their lips to the stream and suck in the life-giving water. And that is all well and good and right and proper. But sheep cannot live on the dainties of the pasture. There isn't enough sustenence in the goodies and dainties to maintain a healthy adult. The sheep must graze the tough grasses and the twiggy branches. They must chew the coarse stems of the large bushes. The must have the strong sustaining nutrients only found in those tough tissues.

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;. . . Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5: 8 -14

The people of God are only to desire the sincere milk of the word as 'babes in Christ, but the writer also tells them to partake of the strong meat. A lamb who is fed only and constantly on milk and tiny dainty sprouts never grows to adulthood but soon weakens and dies. More is needed to sustain life than milk and dainty nibblings. The same is true of the child of God who refuses to partake of the stronger things of the Word. The Christian who only wants to hear about God's Love and the Wonderful Salvation and oh-how-sweet-to-trust-in-Jesus, soon weakens in his ability to stand against the attack of Satan. He falters under the winds of affliction and finally loses his soul for lack of strength in the Lord. To grow into strong adults in Christ we must be willing to sit under sound doctrine---teachings requiring a holy life, teachings about being a light to the world and being an example of righteousness in all things, teachings about the standards for God's People, teachings explaining the wiles of the enemy and the battles to be fought,

Salvation and the love of God are wonderful things. And the sure knowledge of being one of God's children is a blessed treasure. But there is more to serving the Lord. There are battles to be fought, disappointments to face, temptations and false accusations abound---These all require a hearty diet of the strong meat of the Word.

My Experience With Depression

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of GOD, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

I would like to share an experience I had several years ago, in an effort to help some who may be having problems with depression or similar trials. I have learned, and am still learning about these two verses in 2 Corinthians.

I've always been a shy person with a tendency to remain quiet in a group, but this tendency went to an extreme several years ago. It didn't happen overnight, but over a period of time as I listened more and more to "the devil", I began to feel sorry for myself. All the other ladies were married and conversations usually centered around husbands and children. The devil told me that since I was single I didn't have anything important to say, so I should keep quiet. I became more and more introverted as I listened to thoughts such as "you're not important to anyone," "no one loves you," "you can't even love anyone."

I was so convinced that no one loved me and that I couldn't love anyone...until I was so bound I couldn't communicate at all. I was so negative and so depressed that I'd spend my free time out walking around crying out to GOD for help, yet never seemed to touch GOD. Many nights were almost entirely spent in weeping. I began to miss meal-times so that I wouldn't be required to talk. I would leave home without telling anyone where I was going.

It was obvious to those around me that something was wrong. Yet when they tried to help me I wouldn't listen. I would simply say that nothing was wrong. The Campbells (who I lived with at the time) tried to counsel me and also our minister tried. I just wouldn't listen.

Finally, one night God had mercy on me and gave me a dream. I saw myself walking down a road looking up into the sky. In the sky I saw a little lamb being led by a dark man. The man led the lamb up to an arched doorway and forced him through the door. At the other side of the door there were two parallel lines of animals and as the lamb walked between the lines, the animals would beat him with sticks. Yet he walked meekly on to the end. The man was waiting for him there and led him back around to the front of the doorway to force him back through the lines. This happened several times and as I watched I became angry that the lamb would meekly follow the man. He didn't have to; he could resist and fight back. The man couldn't make him go through the door. Then I saw myself turn around and go back home to talk with our minister.

The next morning I went to talk with our minister...and told him of my dream. He told me that he felt GOD had given the dream to show me what I had to do to get out of the depression, that I, like the little lamb, was meekly submitting to the devil and allowing him to keep me in darkness. I didn't have to listen and follow meekly; I could resist and fight back; in fact I was going to have to fight back.

My pastor didn't try to convince me that I was important or that people loved me. He didn't have to. When I began to resist the devil and communicate with people, I knew where those thoughts had come from. Satan had been accusing GOD'S people of being unloving toward me and accused me of being unloveable. When I began to listen to the truth, I saw GOD. If GOD is in us then love is there for GOD is love.

I had always interpreted the verse in 2 Cor. 5, "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God," as thoughts such as "Lucifer had": "I will be like the most high GOD." I didn't realize nor see that any thought (whether we think it is meek or high) that is not in agreement with GOD, is in reality exalting itself against the knowledge of GOD. GOD'S word is true and brings peace, rest, and light, not darkness and unrest. I thank God for this dream, but it didn't bring deliverance. There's no dream, or like experience, that can bring deliverance. It only comes through obedience to GOD'S word. Regardless of how the word comes, we must obey it and deliverance will come.

I had to fight. I had to resist those thoughts, not with earthly carnal weapons, but as in 2 Cor. 4: "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through GOD to the pulling down of strong holds." The scriptures say, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7. Remember, if God is in us, "Greater is he that is within you than he that is in the world."