The shepherd who leaves his flock is not good. He will get what he deserves. The good news is this: we have a good shepherd, Jesus. He is the best shepherd, and He never leaves us, His flock. He protects us. If even one wanders away, He goes after him or her. Let’s be thankful that we serve the good shepherd Jesus.
This such an awesome verse from the word of God! Read it over a couple of times and really allow it to soak in. I hope we all as Christians follow this verse; that we are always glad and rejoice in Christ and continually magnify His precious name! ▪️▪️ Please follow me: -@jesus_foreverlives
The Vicar of Dibley, a UK TV sitcom featuring a woman vicar played by Dawn French, is based on the life of one of the first women vicars – Joy Carroll Wallis. A few years ago we met Joy. She told us a story about when she was an Anglican Priest in London.
One of the congregation members was a very godly eighty-seven-year-old woman called Flory Shore, who underwent serious surgery. Flory had been told that her prospects of recovery were very slim.
Thankfully, she survived the surgery. As she opened her eyes, one of the first things she saw was the blurred image of her doctor, dressed in his white jacket.
She smiled and said, ‘Hello God! I’m Flory Shore.’ Joy commented that this demonstrated two things. First, it showed Flory’s humility. She did not expect God to know who she was. Second, it showed her absolute certainty about the resurrection and where she was going.
Her certainty about the resurrection was based on the cornerstone of Christianity: the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the first Easter day. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in you through the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 1:18–23). One day, you too will be raised and be able to say ‘Hello God!’ Psalm 49:1-20
Life beyond the grave
There is a stark contrast between life without God, and life with God.
Life without God
Those who live without God tend to end up trusting in either wealth (v.6a) or themselves (v.13a). This trust is characterised by a search for status. The wealthy may ‘boast of their great riches’ (v.6b) and use money to impress others with their possessions (v.16). They may even name lands after themselves (v.11a). They enjoy the praise of others (v.18b) and they count ‘themselves blessed’ (v.18a). They may try to use their wealth to ‘buy off’ their own death (v.7). Yet no amount of money is ever enough (v.8). In the end, it is all futile as wealth gets left to others (v.10b). ‘So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them’ (vv.16–17a, MSG). What is this all worth if we ‘decay in the grave?’ (v.14).
Life with God
By contrast, if you live a life
Excited! Today is week one of a six month study in the book of Hebrews.
We will be pushing past basic assumptions of faith and more towards establishing a relationship with Christ as our Great High Priest.
Amber and I will be ministering to 4th-6th graders.
We trust that Jesus will do a great work in the lives of those who experience this study.
#DailyDevotional - Jesus begins His seminar on stress by saying, “Do not worry about your life!
Why should we not worry about life? Because God is our Father. He created us. He has given us everything we’ll ever need. He takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, and He will take care of you.
Our lives are driven by clocks and calendars. We work in office buildings that are ulcer alleys. We drive in traffic jams that would make Job curse. Our cities have become asphalt jungles dominated by savages. Our homes are protected from those savages with burglar bars and alarms, deadbolts, and Dobermans. Many homeowners keep guns that are cocked and loaded.
This is a stressed-out society. We are filled with worry, anxiety, and tension. It is the disease of the age.
Much of our stress we create ourselves. Mothers create stress when they worry about their children—what they’re doing, what they’re not doing, what they’re learning, what they’re not learning. There’s not one marriage that’s not suffering from some degree of stress. There are businessmen living on the naked edge because stress has you by the throat. You’ve done everything you know to do in order to survive, yet your business is falling through your hands like fine sand.
The word of God is the manufacturer’s manual for your heart, soul, mind, and body. If you live according to its principles, there is never a reason for your life, your marriage, or your business to be dominated by stress. Today, tomorrow and forever, He has the answer. Before you ever knew you had the need, God made the provision. He is the answer for your life, and He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Knowledge and wisdom are closely related, but there is a difference. Knowledge is the storing up of information, and wisdom is the ability to apply the right information in a given situation. From a worldly perspective, knowledge helps you make a living, but wisdom makes a life. Our world is overflowing with knowledge, but we are bankrupt of wisdom. The need for wisdom today makes this gift valuable to the body of Christ.
In Colossians 1:9, Paul prays, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” Clearly, this desirable gift is an area where all believers should be filled and continue to grow.
To fully understand this gift of God’s wisdom for living, Christians need to compare it to natural wisdom and worldly wisdom. Natural wisdom is comprised of our intellectual capacity and experience and is the fruit of earthly reasoning. It is technical in nature. Natural wisdom offers man’s best answer to a question or problem.
Worldly wisdom is what deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden. This type of wisdom rationalizes sin and separates us from God. It can even make people feel they are godlike themselves. When a person is so convinced of the superiority of his own wisdom and knowledge, he may deny God and be kept from salvation. God has declared war on this type of wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:19 states, “For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’” God has been removed from public life in our nation due to this prideful, worldly wisdom.
Prayer: God, help me understand true wisdom. Forgive me for the times I have pursued prideful, worldly wisdom rather than Your perfect, wise will. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. “Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). #Wisdom#LTWDevotional#Bible#devotional#dailydevotional#Jesus#Christian#God#MichaelYoussef#LeadingTheWay#Gospel#BibleStudy#truth
The following was written last night:
It’s 11pm and the Lord is speaking to me. Whenever I feel like I don’t have the right body type, God is there immediately telling me no. For women, we are constantly being told how we’re supposed to look. We’re either too big or too small and never just right. But in God we are so much more than ‘just right’. We are PERFECT. We are his handiwork. We are his MASTERPIECE. Next time you look in the mirror and Satan whispers his lies, you tell him no. He has no authority over you because Jesus died on the cross so we could be freed from those chains. And then you are left with only truth: You are beautiful, inside and out.
I really feel so close to this topic. I’ve struggled with it for so long, and finally in 2018 I’ve gotten better. When I feel low about myself, I turn away from the mirror instead of staring and picking out flaws. And I turn to the truth and know that God made me as I am and He does nothing on accident. He made me PERFECT in his eyes. That is enough. I will rejoice in this.
I’ve made two other posts so similar to this, but I had to make a third because I felt such a restless spirit inside of me. I realized, as the thoughts started flowing rapidly that it was the voice of God. These are His words and He is working through me. It never fails to amaze me how these incredibly beautiful moments sneak up on you. And sometimes when you’re overwhelmed with thoughts, it might just be God trying to speak to you. I want to start focusing on trying to listen to Him when I get overwhelmed with thoughts. I want to lower my expectations and just be full of joy and thanks. I want to continue to be able to let God speak through me as He did here.
I will do so in Jesus’ name. Amen. ☀️💛