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My Sheep Hear My Voice

December 22, 2018

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My Sheep Hear My Voice

In John 10:11,  Jesus says,  “I am the good shepherd;  the good shepherd  lays down His life  for the sheep.”     Jesus certainly is the shepherd  of all shepherds.     There is no one  like Him.     A shepherd’s  job consists  of protecting his sheep  from predators of various sorts — and he will fight  with his utmost  to protect his sheep.    That  Jesus did.

King David is also an example  of a good shepherd.     To protect his sheep,  he fought and killed lions and bears.     Then,  to console his flock  of sheep,  David played his harp  and sang songs  of praise  to our Lord.     His sheep recognized his voice  and realized  they were under the protection  of a good shepherd.     David’s comforting voice brought peace  to his flock.     In that same circumstance,  David realized  that the LORD God Almighty  was his good shepherd.     David always  looked to God  for the help he needed  and was well aware  of God’s word  and promises to His people.     Remembering God’s comforting words  brought peace  to David’s heart.

In John 10:27-28,  Jesus says,  “My sheep hear My voice,  and I know them,  and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them,  and they shall never perish;  and no one shall snatch them  out of My hand.”

Everyone who  “hears”  Jesus’  voice  in the gospel message  is Jesus’  very own sheep.     When we recognize the power,  love,  and authority  of our Good Shepherd,  in the Word of God,  we willingly follow Him  and seek to stay  under His almighty protection  in this life.     It is so comforting to know  that  in Jesus’ care,  we have eternal life.     There is the reassurance  that we will never perish — and no one can take us away  from  Jesus’ protection.

The humble,  godly attitude  and faith  that a shepherd needs  in doing his job rightly  might  very well  have played a part  in why God’s angels announced the Savior’s birth first  to the shepherds.    (Luke 2:8-20)     Like David,  these shepherds knew  God’s word well  and trusted  in the Lord  to help them do their dangerous job well.     They realized and rejoiced  that God  had kept  His age-old promise  of a Savior  from our sins.      In other words,  they were savvy and wise enough  to “hear My voice”,  as they heard the angels’  announcement.

Do we hear Jesus’  voice  calling us  to repentance  and eternal life?     Are we savvy and wise enough  to follow Him  and always stay  under His almighty protection?

In the peace  of God’s almighty love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You for calling me  to be a part  of Your flock.     Thank You  for taking such good care of me  and always keeping me safe  in Your hands.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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