Being a Shepherd, not a Butcher


There is a difference between a surgeon and a butcher.  One takes their time is very careful skillful and strives for perfection in their cutting skills, making sure they are precise and accurate so that the person doesn’t die.  Their job is to keep the person alive.

On the other hand, the butcher hacks and cuts without really being concern about how it’s done, just as long as the job gets done, because what they are cutting is already dead.

Being in leadership, The LORD has taught me how to be a skilled surgeon when having to cut into a person character and attitude to bring them into perfection.  Knowing how to properly execute the right cuts in a person personality to perfect them in holiness righteous integrity and honor requires me to have a prayer life that is beyond a religious action.

I have to get the wisdom to deal with each vessel according to the dimension of anointing they will be operating in and the mandate that’s upon their lives because each person is different.  A surgeon must know what to cut what to avoid to cut and how to cut the defected disease part out without damaging other parts that are healthy.  They have to be watchful of the person vitals to be sure nothing will cause death or will paralyze or handicap them.

It takes patience, skill, knowledge and wisdom to be able to perform the necessary surgery that will help a person survive.

A butchery slaughters what it touches, because it cuts on dead things.  There are leaders who feel that a person is already written off and they have no compassion or burden for the people.  They don’t care how they deal with the person, because they consider them invaluable and worthless.

In this hour, be sure of the leaders from whom you get your directions and wisdom from God, about how to deal with each individual.  Some people are mature enough to handle strong, no nonsense rebuke, because they want to be taught, trained, disciplined and set in order.  Then there are those who need to have compassion, care and nurturing love until they are strengthen and built up.

Knowing how to deal with the people is very important, and a critical part of getting people into their purpose.  Having the right instructions and directions from the Spirit of The LORD helps a leader to know the spirit of those that they are dealing with so that they can gauge their training and teaching.

God is concern about the sheep and the quality of care He wants them to have.  As leaders, we have to be aware of those to whom we are called, and be in the right place, to properly be a leader to them.


~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas

Apostle/Prophetess Barbara R. ThomasApostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and she is on a mission travelling the world proclaiming the Gospel for soul to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has a mandate on her life to help brings others to their divine purpose.

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