Love you all, praying for you!
God showing me something recently. Psalms 95:6 - Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker, for He is our God and we are the sheep of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert. This verse is about God - the Good Shepherd, and us, the sheep. God was asking me - How good of a sheep are you? Well.. what do sheep do? #1 They hear the voice of the Shepherd, they know his voice. John 10:27 - My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. #2 They follow. John 10:4 - When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. #3 They distinguish between voices, They reject any other voice and they only follow the Good Shepherd. John 10:5 - But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." #4 They Praise, they Give Thanks, and they Remember. Psalms 79:13 - But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. #5 They bow down in worship - Psalms 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker, for He is our God and we are the sheep of his pasture, the flock under his care. To kneel is the posture of worship, the posture of humility, of surrender, a physical body demonstration of the heart.
So if good sheep… listen, follow, praise and worship, What do bad sheep do? They go astray, they wander. Isaiah 53:6 - All we like sheep have gone astray, every one of us has turned to his own way, and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Psalm 119:176 - I have gone astray like a lost sheep. What is going astray? To wander off – that word astray – ta’ah <taw-aw’> to vacillate – reel, wander, be out of the way. Vacillate – means – to waver, to move one way and then another – to flip-flop. To fluctuate in mind or opinion, to be unsteady, inconsistent. Why do sheep go astray? They vacillate - they listen to other voices. They’re not focused on the Good Shepherd, they get focused on other sheep who are also wandering off, or the grass that looks greener over there, or they are following the wrong shepherd. Jeremiah 50:6 - My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, causing them to roam the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. Anytime you entertain another voice – you end up following the wrong shepherd. So what does the Good Shepherd do? You don’t have to worry about God – He’s Faithful – He will always be the Good Shepherd to you. He calls you by name. He knows you. He goes on ahead of you, He leads you and guides you to green pastures, beside still waters, He tends you, He heals you, He meets your every need, He protects you, He carries you, He seeks after you, He lays down his life for you, He will leave the 99 to come find you. He is the Good Shepherd. How good of a sheep are you? Am I a good sheep? Why would I want to be? Why wouldn’t I? Every good thing is found in Him. The grass is not greener elsewhere - He knows where all the green pasture is and where all the quiet streams are – He made them and He owns them. His plans are to prosper me, and my enemy is powerless against him. Why wouldn’t I be the best sheep I could be! Praying that you will never miss PiVAT before dinner – it helps you hear His voice – it’s sheep training - so you can obey Him, and go where He leads. PRISM throughout the day - it helps you know His voice – so other voices sound more and more strange to you – PRISM makes discernment obvious, and your Daily Call - it helps you overcome your enemy with your testimony - according to God’s Word. These three habits – are how you become a great sheep. These three things will focus you on the Good Shepherd, they will help you hear and recognize His voice – and overcome other voices. Praying for you – that you will know His voice, that you will listen, that you will always follow, that you will always hear, always obey, always praise – and never go astray. That you will always be right next to the Good Shepherd who leads you into every good place.
Love you all,
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