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Be watchful for those who climbeth up some other way…

 

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But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep

Have you ever considered yourself to be like sheep? And I’m not referring to the cute and cuddly aspect, Although God thinks we are cute and cuddly also:))!

Jesus used many different object lessons during His teaching.
JOHN 10:4-5
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Chapter ten begins with the GREAT revelation of Jesus as the Shepherd of Life. Jesus is pictured as the only true Shepherd of the sheep. There is a sheepfold, a pen where all the sheep are kept. The sheepfold pictures the place of acceptance by God or the location of safety and security in God’s presence. The sheep are disciples or believers of the Lord.
The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice. They know both His sound and His words. The sound of His voice is not uncertain and unclear, not weak and frail, not quivering and indecisive. It is clear, strong, sure and decisive. The words of His voice are words of care and tenderness, warning and safety, truth and security. Believers trust the Word of Christ because they know His voice. The sheep follow the Shepherd. He goes before them to lead the way. He does not drive them like cattle. He leads to pick out the safe and secure way to the pasture. He leads to show the sheep that the road is clear and safe. The sheep know this, so they follow the Shepherd, knowing they are perfectly safe and secure following the path He has laid out before them.

As believers, hearing God speak to us is our right and our privilege from Him. The Word says that we can know His voice and distinguish it from others; He gives us discernment to identify His voice over voices of deception.
John parallels this discernment with the instinctive nature of sheep that recognizes the voice of their shepherd.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: The more we study and learn the Word, the more HE will allow us to let its power flow through our lives and the better we will be able to hear, discern and obey God’s voice.

Let’s get quite and spend time in God’s Word so that we can hear Him today and every day!

Did you know that UNITY exist among the ducks?

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Unity doesn’t just happen; we have to work at it.

As I saw the unity, I had to take the picture. This shows us that unity can and should exist among all of God’s creation and creatures. I’m sure that they get their feathers ruffled toward one another some days just as we can get aggravated toward one another. 

Let us see what God says about unity…

EPHESIANS 4:1-7

Unity in the church

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

“There is one body,” says Paul, and we have been given many gifts and abilities. Unity does not just happen; we have to work at it. Often differences among people can lead to division, but this should not be true in the church. Instead of concentrating on what divides us, we should remember what unites us: one body, one Spirit, one future (“calling”), one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! Have you learned to appreciate people who are different from you? Can you see how differing gifts and viewpoints can help the church as it does God’s work? Learn to enjoy the way we members of Christ’s body complement one another (see 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13 for more on this thought).
God has chosen us to be Christ’s representatives on earth. In light of this truth, Paul challenges us to live worthy of the name “Christian,” meaning Christ’s one. This includes being humble, gentle, patient, understanding, and peaceful. People are watching your life. Can they see Christ in you? How well are you doing as His representative?
No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults. When we see faults in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle. Is there someone whose actions or personality really annoys you? Rather than dwelling on that person’s weaknesses, or looking for faults, pray for that person. Then do even more – spend time together and see if you can like him or her.

Keep it simple, and just don’t quack at each other:), INSTEAD PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!

 

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