Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

Today's Scripture

 

Read John 10:1-10 (NIV)

"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. 

7Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

Today's Message

 

THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND HIS SHEEP
 

Truly, this passage is one of the most encouraging in all the Bible to the true follower of Jesus. Here's what Jesus promises to you and all his sheep:

  1. He personally shepherds us, cares and nurtures us. He loves us.
  2. He comes to us in truth and sincerity, not falsehood and deceit. He is always true and dependable.
  3. He knows each one of us by name. He knows our needs.
  4. He speaks to us personally and we can recognize his voice.
  5. He leads us, he goes ahead of us. He does not expect us to go it alone.
  6. He calls us to follow him, because he knows the best path for each one of us.
  7. He is our Savior. He will not only save us eternally, but in this life he will nourish and protect us and help us to grow.
  8. He comes, not to take away from us, but to give us life, to enrich our lives, and to help us to experience life at its fullest in Him.

Take a moment to meditate on each one of these remarkable promises. If you don't walk away encouraged, you need to spend more time with Him, dwelling on the promises he has given you.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at 5:00 AM