Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 10:1-20 Who’s voice are you listening to?

on May 29, 2012

Jesus is the only way to be saved.  Those who truly belong to God hear and recognize His voice-discerning His truth from the voices that try to distract, manipulate or deceive (3). They follow only His voice (4).  They know Him–not just about Him (14).  Jesus calls His own by name (3).  He leads us in for safety (pen) and out for satisfaction (pasture) (9).  He goes before us (4).  Jesus lays His life down to save and rescue His followers (11, 15, 17, 18).  He knows His own–not just about us–but has an intimate knowledge of us (14).

When we listen to anyone but Jesus, we are listening to His enemy.  The enemy promises life but delivers death.  The enemy promises satisfaction but delivers destruction.  He promises to give you all you’ve ever wanted, but he steals what you already have (1, 5, 8, 10a).

Jesus came to give you abundant life.  He is a GOOD shepherd (11).  He is a GOOD shepherd (11). He is a GOOD shepherd (14).  Psalm 23 teaches us what a GOOD shepherd does.

  1. He makes sure all our needs are met.
  2. He makes us rest.
  3. He satisfied our thirst and gives us peace.
  4. He restores our souls.
  5. He lead us on right paths.
  6. He removes fear and replaces with comfort.
  7. As we follow Him, we are followed with goodness and mercy.
  8. We have an eternal home with Him.

Am I listening to the voice of a stranger or am I fleeing from all voices except my Shepherd?  Do I recognize that all satisfaction and safety comes from following Him?  Do I take time daily to think about how GOOD He is?

Open to me the gates of righteousness that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.  This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.  I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation. Psalm 118:19-21

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