This morning I’m reading John 10:22-30 (NIV):
Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ [Christ meaning “the Messiah”], tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my 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. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
In this passage, Jesus tells us that his sheep listen to his voice; as a result, He knows them, and they follow him.
Who do you really follow? It is a continuous and daily journey for me to ask myself, “Is this the will of God or is it the will of man?” It is in my prayer time that I ask Jesus to help me stay within the will of God. I know that my flesh is weak; I live in a world full of evil deeds. It is because of this that we should lean on the Lord and not on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) says,
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
This passage tells us to not rely on our own understanding. It also tells us to shun evil. What does shun mean? It means “to keep away from” (dictionary. com).
Simply, if you do not trust the Lord, you may not know him or the Lord know you. Why do I bring up such things? I think that it is important for us to KNOW where we stand with the Lord. How can we say we trust the Lord if we do not listen to his voice and follow him?
So, how do you know that the Lord knows you? I mean, God knows who you are, but if you know someone, you have a relationship with that person. They know you. They don’t just know of you; you have spent time with them, and you know their voice. Do you know the Lord’s voice? Would you know it was him if He spoke to you?
1 John 4:1-3 (NIV) tells us,
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges the Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
Can you honestly say that you are safe in the Father’s loving arms? Have you ever run to the heavenly Father that Jesus is speaking of and leaned into his arms in complete trust? Do you spend time with Jesus getting to know him? Tomorrow is not the time. As the passage says above, the spirit of the antichrist is coming and is already in the world. If you lean into Jesus, you will be safe. Nobody will be able to snatch you away from him.
Friends, take a moment and go to the How to Know Jesus page on this website. If you haven’t done so already, test the spirits you are involved with and be sure to make things right with God whether you have followed him or not. Each day is a new day, but we never know that today may be our last chance to run into the Father’s arms.
Go forth and be blessed my friends.
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