Feb. 28, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 10 (ESV)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.”Continue Reading

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  1. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

    As I read this familiar verse, I was reminded of the passage from Matthew 7:21-27 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

    Jesus says that HE KNOWS His sheep – they hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27). In Matthew 7:23, He declares to people who think they are His sheep, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

    What a staggering thought. Why would Jesus say that? There are people who think they are sheep but are actually “workers of lawlessness?”

    How can WE KNOW we are His sheep?

    In Ephesians 2:8-9 Paul writes that our salvation is by grace through faith and not by works. We can’t EARN salvation by our good works and we cannot DESERVE grace by what we do either. But Jesus makes it clear that hearing His words and even believing in your mind that you’re a follower of Christ (and doing things in His name) does not make you His disciple. Only those who do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21), hears Jesus words and does them (Matthew 7:24) and follow His voice (John 10:27) will avoid hearing Jesus say to them, “depart from me, I never knew you.”

    How can we call Jesus our Shepherd if we don’t follow Him? If we follow our own desires, goals, dreams, ambitions, and even our own beliefs, we are following ourselves, not Jesus.

    Maybe that’s why Jesus says these things – it’s the Good Shepherd’s warning but only His sheep will listen and follow Him.

    Father, you know it’s impossible for us to follow you in everything we do. If we did, we wouldn’t need the Good Shepherd to watch over us, guide us, protect us and go after us when we wander. Forgive us when we stray. Help us to not be proud when we stay. Protect us from wolves that want to devour us. Lead us to green pastures and still waters that we can only find by following You. Thank You Lord Jesus for laying down Your life for Your sheep. Amen.

  2. I am a sheep-I need God. I would be dead without Him. I would wander over a cliff If I did not listen to His voice. Sheep need a shepherd. When I finally submitted to the fact that I was helpless without God, He could work in me. My favorite verses, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Who could pry Jesus’ hand open to hurt me? They must go through Him first. I am a visual a person. As I reviewed my teaching on this verse one morning for a ladies retreat, The Spirit gave me this visual. When God looks at us He sees Jesus, because we are in Jesus’ hand. God also see’s the scar left by the nail piercing-IT IS FINISHED. Hallelujah. What freedom. God does not see me in my lowly state He sees Jesus, who is working in me-conforming me to HIs likeness.

  3. I love the image Jesus gives of sheep — HIS sheep — hearing His voice and following Him, but not following strangers. If you look on YouTube, you’ll find plenty of videos illustrating the amazing difference between how sheep respond to their master’s voice and how they respond to the voice of a stranger.

    Yet Jesus warned us in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” And again in Matthew 24:4-5, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many,” and in Matthew 24:24, “false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

    In Acts 20:28-30, Paul warns the elders at Ephesus, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.”

    Paul warns Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,” And again in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

    How can we protect ourselves from being among the many who are being led astray, and even falling away from the Truth and “being devoured”? We have to be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), who tested everything they heard by studying the Scriptures. We must guard against compromise with sin, so as to keep from quenching the Holy Spirit and dulling our own spiritual discernment. We need to live lives marked by prayer, asking God to guard us against the seduction of any teaching that contradicts Scripture.

    We are living in a time of a great falling away. Guard yourselves!

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