John 10:4 (NKJV)
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
I have used this verse in quite a few sermons in the past. However, the depth of this verse never ceases to lose impact in my life. In fact, every time I come across this scripture, it is a new challenge to review my life and my direction to verify that I am following Him with all of my heart. This is always a wonderful time to ask Him for guidance and correction.
I am so glad that Jesus described Himself as a Shepherd. The shepherd leads his sheep in the best way possible. The sheep don’t have to break down gates or fret over any obstacles because they have the constant company of the shepherd. And that is exactly the way it is in our relationship with our Savior!
God doesn’t want you to be confused when it comes to pleasing Him. He wants to guide you down the path that leads to life. Therefore, when He guides you in a certain direction, He promises that He will go before you, leading you into all of His best. That means you won’t have to unlock any doors or “jimmy” any windows, because He is the God of open doors!
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture (provision and blessings).
(See also Rev. 3:7-8)
If you find yourself having to push barriers down or running over people to accomplish a goal, never accomplishing much of anything, it could be that the Good Shepherd isn’t leading you in that direction. Or, it could be that you are not going about it His way. Regardless of which of these reasons it possibly could be, you need to make an adjustment through seeking Him.
One of the toughest things about making decisions is trying to discern what IS and what IS NOT of God. This is where a strong life in the Word and a strong prayer life comes in. If we are to discern the origin of outside circumstances, we must seek God diligently until we hear His voice and know His peace.
-Seek God’s face today.
-Search out, deal with, and confess anything in your life that may prohibit you from hearing Him.
-Seek Him with your whole heart.
-Ask Him to lead you by His precious Holy Spirit in the decisions that need to be made in your life.
-Ask the Lord for wisdom.
As we make Jesus the shepherd of our life, He will guide us to His best. As we trust in Him, He will see to it that, not only our needs will be met, but He will also bless us with our ‘wants’.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.(Not only your needs, but your wants)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, (That is true peace)
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (He is the God of Restoration)
I am believing that, as we purpose to seek Him and allow Him to lead us this year, 2014 will be full of blessings and increase in every area of our lives.
Yours For His Service,