Listen

Sorry no posts the last few days.  Holly’s grandmother passed away this last weekend and we’ve been back in Lincoln county and I didn’t have a lot of computer/internet access in the mornings.  We are back home now, so everything should be back on schedule for the rest of the week!

In today’s readings listen to what Jesus says in John 10: 25-27.  And that word listen is huge:

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

listen_to_god_by_teensieking-d5kts0eJesus tells the religious leaders that do not believe because they are not His sheep.  His sheep will hear his voice. They will follow Him. They will hear, and they will listen.

It’s hard to follow Jesus if we aren’t listening.  It’s hard to follow His command, if we aren’t listening.  It’s hard to know which way to go, what to do, where we should be, if we aren’t listening.  As His sheep, we’ve got to listen.

We live in a world of real distractions, things pulling at us.  Emails, texts, social media, instagram, everything.  So many things vying for our attention, for our mind, for our heart.  We’ve go to listen.  We’ve got to slow down, if just for a moment, and listen for that still small voice, calling out to us.

If are in a place of confusion, slow down, and listen.  If you struggling with things in your life, slow down and listen.  If you are unsure, slow down and listen.  Listen.

Listen for His voice in His word.  Listen in your conversations with other believers.  Is the music you listen to.  In the things you read.  Listen.

He is speaking.  He is the good shepherd, who loves His sheep.  That means us! And He will speak to us.  Listen.  He is there. Calling out.  Listen.  He will speak.
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Listen

Jesus talks a lot bout being the shepherd and us being the sheep. He talks a lot how the sheep know Him and He knows them.

The sheep know the shepherd’s voice. And they follow it. No matter where it leads them.

Listen to what it says in John 10:25-27:

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

windyThe sheep follow the voice of the shepherd because the sheep know that the shepherd has their best interest in mind. The sheep know that the shepherd loves them, cares for them, and will protect them.

The sheep know that the shepherd will protect them.

So do we. We know that our Good Shepherd loves us. Cares for us. Will protect us. Has our best interests in heart.

So we know that we can follow the voice of the shepherd wherever it is that He leads us. And it will be ok.

But, here’s the thing. We’ve got to learn to listen. We’ve got to learn to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd.

We’ve got to listen for His voice. In prayer. In study. In worship. In service.

The Good Shepherd will call us. He will love us. He will lead us.

We just have to make sure that we are listening.

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Remember Who’s You Are

One of the thoughts of faith that gives the most hope is to know that we belong to God. He has made us. We are His. We are His creation. We are His.

That just gives me a great deal of hope and peace. To know that know matter what happens in my life, to know that no matter what happens in the world, we belong to God. We are His. We are the sheep of His pasture.

Listen to what the Word says today in Ezekiel 34:30-31:

And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.”

Sheep are almost totally dependent on the shepherd. They can’t do much for themselves. The shepherd leads them. The shepherd guides them. The shepherd protects them. They follow the shepherds voice, and in that, they are safe.

Today, you are God’s. You belong to Him. Think about that in your work, in your play, in coming, in your going. You are His. You belong to Him. He has made you.

He delights in you. He protects you. He cares for you. He gave His son for you. He longs to know you. He longs to give you life.

No matter what happens today; good or bad, nothing will take that away. You belong to God. Rest in that today. Rejoice in that today.

There’s a verse in 1 Peter that says, “once you were no people, but now you are the people of God.” That’s who you are. You belong to Him.

The source of you life don’t come for your work, your play, your hobbies, the economy, politics, sports, or anything else. Those things can be up or down; good or bad.

The source of your life comes from this one thing that is always good and always true. You belong to God. You are His. You are the sheep of His pasture.

Today, remember who you. Today, remember who’s you are. Are you God’s