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Jesus Is Your Shepherd – Protector

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:14-15, 27-28

There are times when we just need a protector. It seems that on every turn there are enemies waiting to devour us. At times it even seems that our friends have forsaken us. At those times we must realize that Jesus is our shepherd protector.

Most of this tenth chapter of John is about Jesus as our shepherd. He starts off by talking about the sheep pen and that those who come into the sheep pen must come through the shepherd. All who come by any other way are thieves and have come to rob, kill and destroy (verse 10), but he contrasts himself with the thief by declaring, “I have come that they may have life; and have it to the full.”

Do not forget there is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.

He fights our battles, destroys the destroyer and keeps us secure in his protectorate. He is the shepherd who protects the sheep, even to the giving of his own life.

He speaks and His sheep hear him – do you hear him?

Prayer: Lord, call me I’ll listen. I desire to be in your sheep pen under your protection. Thank you for the security of your loving guidance. Amen

 

Message:  There is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.

Affirmation:  I have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd and have chosen to follow Him. He will protect me and give me life that is abundant.

Reflection:  This devotion speaks of staying in the sheep pen. Give some thought to how a person stays in the pen. Is staying in the sheep pen a passive maneuver or is it an aggressive action?

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Kingdom Secrets Release Abundance

The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.

– Matthew 13:11-12

Secrets. We all have them. The purpose of a secret is to keep those who should not know something from knowing it. Jesus was telling his disciples that he had chosen them to know the secrets of the kingdom.

Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables so that only those who were spiritually alert would hear the message. Then he explained the parables to those who were to understand the secrets.

Understanding the secrets of the kingdom will release God’s favor. If we can hear the message of the kingdom, and understand the purposes of the “secrets” that he is revealing, then we will be able to walk in the fullness of his intended abundance.

Knowing and understanding the principles of the kingdom unlocks the door to God’s favor; diligence and obedience open the door to abundance. God is not only calling us to understand and believe but he is calling us to diligent obedience to the principles so that he can release his best to us.

Over the next few days we are going to explore some of the kingdom principles that Jesus called, “Secrets of the kingdom.”

Prayer: Lord, I tend to use the understanding of men to accomplish the work of the kingdom. Grant me the ability to understand the message of the kingdom and the wisdom to live by those principles. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Veil Was Torn When It Was Finished

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. – Mark 15:37-38

With these last words of Jesus, “It is finished,” an era which began with Adam and Eve had finally come to an end. When man sinned in the garden he was separated from God and a wall of separation was erected.

God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the entrance to the garden to keep man from going back into the garden and partaking of the tree of life. Man was separated from God and from eternal life.

This separation was further emphasized when God had Moses make a veil which would separate the common people from the presence of the Lord. God did make an exception and that was the high priest was allowed beyond the veil to effect atonement for the sins of the people but the average person was not allowed there.

The altar in the temple represented the fatal price of sin and the veil represented the separation between God and man caused by sin. For millennia man had suffered the altar and the veil with no remedy in sight.

Then Jesus came preaching that the kingdom of God was with them, but they still had the altar and the veil. The sacrifice of animals could atone for their sin, but the veil kept them separated from the glory of God

Then it was finished. The final sacrifice for sin had been made – there was no more need for sacrifice. The veil was ripped and man was finally given access to the glory of God. With the sin issue resolved by the death of Christ there was no more need for the veil.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the work of Calvary and the torn veil. Your grace has made the provision for my redemption.

Principle: The final sacrifice for sin had been made – there was no more need for sacrifice. The veil was ripped and man was finally given access to the glory of God. With the sin issue resolved by the death of Christ there was no more need for the veil.

Affirmation:Thank God for the torn veil. Now I have access directly to God and His Glory because of what Christ did for all who would follow him.

 Reflection:  Since man was put out of the Garden of Eden he was separated from the life God originally intended for him. Even the temple separated man from God. But the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God, being sacrificed on the cross, tore down the wall of partition between God and man.

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Jesus Finishes His Prayer

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. – John 17:24-26

It had been quite and evening. Jesus had performed the task of a servant  by washing the feet of the disciples. They had prepared to eat the meal and Jesus gave them the alarming news that one of them would betray him. He spoke of the blood, his blood, of the new covenant and his body that would be broken.

Finally he gave his last instructions before he would go to the cross. It was simply this: Do not fear because I will return to comfort you. I will not just be with you but I will be in you. You must love one another as I have loved you and great peace will be upon you.

Then he prayed to his Father. The entire 17th chapter of John is given to his prayer and we would all do well to read it occasionally so we don’t forget his heart and his purposes for us. His desire was that we would be united in his love.

He says he has revealed the father to his followers (v6) and he prayed that they would get the message. Perhaps looking into the future he prayed that his followers would dwell in unity (v11). All of this could only happen if those who followed would continue in his love.

He concludes this prayer by sharing his desire that his love, the Father’s love, which dwelt in him, would dwell in all believers, just as he would dwell in all believers.

His cry was that we would be one in love and purpose as he was one with the Father. Isn’t it time for that to happen?

Prayer: Lord, help us to united as one in your love. Amen.

Principle: He concludes this prayer by sharing his desire that his love, the Father’s love, which dwelt in him, would dwell in all believers, just as he would dwell in all believers. His cry was that we would be one in love and purpose as he was one with the Father.

Affirmation:I desire to be one with others who follow Christ. Not necessarily one in doctrine but one in purpose. May I be driven by the love of the Father to be in unity with the entire body of Christ.

 Reflection: I have found it very easy to separate myself from those who are not just like me, but that is my weakness. How about you; do you find yourself pulling away from other Christ followers who are of another denomination, or who embrace some doctrines you don’t agree with? How well do you fulfill the desire of Jesus that his entire body be in unity?

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Father, Make Us One

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.     – John 17:20-21

Is it possible that as Jesus was talking to the Father about those who would believe in him that he saw the future? Do you think that may have been the motivation for his prayer, “That all of them may be one?” If in fact he was looking into the future he saw a daunting task before him.

He had already seen his followers jockeying for position in the kingdom while he was ministering with them. He tried to teach them that the way of the kingdom was to serve one another rather than to rule over one another.

Somehow I don’t think the fragmented body of Christ we see today is what Jesus had in mind when he went to the cross. He may have had that in mind when he prophesied that brother would turn against brother.

It is significant that one of the burdens he was carrying to the cross was the knowledge that those who would claim faith in him would be as fragmented as we are today.

Here is a challenge I am throwing out today: Help the father bring unity to the body of Christ by consciously reaching out to a believer outside of the group you normally fellowship. You have neighbors, friends or co-workers who are believers but they are affiliated with a different group than you; invite them into your circle of fellowship and inquire about their circle of fellowship.

It is said that the most segregated hour of the week is at church on Sunday Morning. That is not just true about race but the church is segregated, or divided, by doctrine, denomination, and socio-economic status. The only way the body of Christ will be united is for you and I to take the initiative and reach across those lines of segregation and invite our brothers and sisters into our hearts. Pray about it.

Prayer: Lord, help me to seek unity in your body. Amen.

Principle: The only way the body of Christ will be united is for you and I to take the initiative and reach across those lines which divide us and invite our brothers and sisters into our hearts.

Affirmation:When I look at another follower of Christ I don’t see denomination, ethnicity, doctrine, or socio-economic differences. I simply see another brother or sister in Christ.

 Reflection:  What did Jesus have in mind when he prayed that his followers would be one? Was he talking about the way the church is today or did he have something else in mind? In what ways is the body of Christ not as one today?

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