LIFe with God: July 16

Posted on July 16, 2010

Scripture

John 10

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Observation

Jesus says that He is both the gate and the good shepherd. What does this mean and why is it important? What does Jesus promise regarding His sheep? Why were the Jews going to stone Him?

Application

How should knowing I am Christ’s sheep affect the way I respond to obstacles, trials, and suffering? How should it affect how I respond to Him? To His other sheep? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, You are the Holy Lamb of God, sacrificed to take away the sins of the world. But You are also the gate for the sheep, and I thank You that because I have come through You, I am safe and have found an eternal pasture in which to dwell. I believe that You are the only gate to God, and all others who claim to be are thieves and robbers that have come to kill and destroy; but You give life to the full.You, Jesus, are the good shepherd. You gave Your life for the sheep. Others run away when danger comes, because they care nothing for Your sheep, but You protect Your flock. You know us and we know You, just as the Father knows You and You know the Father. I thank You, Lord, that You have other sheep in may pens around the world throughout history, and some still to be found. Use me to help bring them to You. We are all one flock, and You are our only shepherd. And though You did lay down Your life for us, by Your power You took it up again, and will do the same for us. Your works–the miracles You did in Your Father’s name–showed that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, and I declare that I believe. I am Your sheep and I listen to Your voice; may I never listen to the voice of the thieves and robbers. May I ever follow only You. I praise and thank You that You give me eternal life, and I will never perish; no one can snatch me out of Your hand. Your Father, who gave me to You, is greater than all; no one can snatch me out of Your Father’s hand. You and the Father are one. Thank You, Lord! Amen!

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

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