Hearing, Listening, And Knowing
“Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4 Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand what he was telling them. 7 Jesus therefore said to them again, “Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep’s door. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 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. 10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. — John 10:1-11
The first thing to observe is that Jesus is the shepherd parable is letting it be known there is no other way into the kingdom of God except through Him. What’s also important is that Jesus also let it be known that Christians are to recognize the voice of God. How do we learn to recognize the voice of God? It’s by getting into His Word. Verse 9 is a great verse because it lets us see that just as the sheep find all that they need in the pasture, we as Christians can find all that we need in Christ.
Knowing the Voice of Jesus is just like learning the voice of a parent. We know our parent’s voice because we spend time with them, building a relationship with them, and listening to them. It’s really no difference with Jesus in order for us to learn to recognize the voice of God we must spend time with Him, build a relationship with Him, and listen to Him speaking.
Sometimes, hearing Jesus’ voice isn’t the problem, sometimes it’s the listening to His Voice that’s the issue. In those instances, it’s important to calm our spirit and ask the Holy Spirit to allow us to listen not just hear the Voice of God. When we’ve suppressed God’s Voice so long that we can faintly hear Him speaking to our spirit at all its time to rebuild communication with Him. How do we do that? By getting into His Word and getting into frequent prayer.
Verses 10 and 11 put’s it bluntly with Jesus there is life. Satan’s strategy against mankind is to steal, kill, and destroy every aspect of God’s creation. It’s hard to conceive that Christians could fall under Satan’s steal, kill, and destroy strategy but we can. Although we can never lose our salvation once in Christ Jesus, Satan will use whatever he can to kill our spirit and rob us of our joy, confuse our walk with Christ, distract us from keeping our eyes on the Father, and as he did with Eve create falsehoods about the Word of God.
So next time you find yourself under attack that’s the time to “Stop, Drop, And Pray” and find peace in the arms of Jesus.
esus became angry at the fig tree because although it looked beautiful on the outside it wasn’t producing the fruit that should have been on its branches based on what it appeared to be.
Sometimes when we see a ourselves, we think we will always be the person that we are. But God sees us as so much more.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.” – Matthew 23:23
He's Workin! "When they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, 2 and said to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs him;’ and immediately he will send him back here.” -Mark 11:1-3 How many times have we worried about...