Nov 14, 2018
My family raised sheep, so I know what a good shepherd does, and I know what the sheep look like who are in the care of a good shepherd. I am sure you do too.
In John 10 Jesus describes those who trust in Him as His sheep. Verse 9 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.” (WEB) Going in and going out can be a picture of our relationship with Jesus. We come in to Him and we find nurture. We go out and we find supply. The word for pasture is nomē. According to Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, it means pasturage, fodder, food: in figurative discourse εὑρήσει νομήν, i. e. he shall not want the needful supplies for the true life, John 10:9.
He shall not want the needful supplies for the true life. Did you hear that? That is why Jesus went on to say in the next verse (John 10:10) He came so that “they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” It points to Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.” The good shepherd watches over every aspect of his sheep’s condition.
Today, I want to share the testimony of one of His sheep. It is a guest post, and I hope it encourages you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
As you can see in the verse above the first word is “Trust”. A big word with lots of power in itself. We are not to put our trust in ourselves, in the world, or in man. We need to put ALL of our trust in our Father God. The one who created us and knows all things.
God knows all. After all He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1 and 2). God created us in His own image Genesis 1:26-27. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Trust was something I struggled with for years. Something I would look to man to fulfill for me. As I have grown in my relationship with Christ, He has been teaching me about trust. He didn’t create me to trust man, but to trust in Him.
I can say to this day, I trust in Him with all my heart. He has shown me one time after another that I can trust in Him. His “…word is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12). I know that what He says in His word, He will do. He is the same “ …yesterday, today, and forever “(Hebrews 13:8). He never lies. His word is backed in blood.
When things look tough, don’t make sense, I know I can always turn to Him, and He will listen. I immediately go to praying in tongues and allow Him, the greater one on the inside of me (1 John 4:4) to work on my heart and fix and establish it to His ways, not my own. I have made a decision’s in my life, Gods Word is first and final authority, He comes first in my life.
I know if a time comes when my mind wants to lean on its own understanding, I know I need to be in His word and allow the Word of God to work and change me. I will NOT allow satan to have any control. Jesus came and paid a heavy price for my freedom, and for yours.
I will honor His blood and all He did for me. Jesus took away the authority satan had, we, as born-again believers have the authority to speak to all, including resisting and binding satan in the Name of Jesus. Yes, Jesus also gave us the authority in His Name and by His blood. So, satan has no right to put thoughts into my mind, I speak to my mind and tell my mind to get in line with the Holy Spirit.
As I continue to put my trust in my Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I know that I have nothing to fear. Even at this very moment as I am typing this, the world, and man would say we have no chance of making it. I am sorry to disappoint you, BUT I serve a mighty God who has promised He will not leave me nor forsake me. He never has and never will. I trust in my God, who is good and loves me. After all, God, Love Himself created me– and you! (1 John 4:16).
I Danielle, trust in Jesus my Lord, and God my Father with all my heart, with all my strength with all my mind, (Matthew 22:37).
I pray this has touched your heart and allowed you to know you are not alone. You have a Father, a Father who loves you and has never left you and never will.
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