JESUSismynumberone

#DailyDevotion

Scripture: John 10:1-10

(1) “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. (2) The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. (3) The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (5) But they will never follow a stranger; but in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (6) Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. (7) Therefore, Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. (8) All whoever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. (9) I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved (kept safe). He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Observation

1. Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and before He even came in this world, His sheep were already chosen.

2. The enemy tries so hard to bring us away from our shepherd.

3. Being the gate, Jesus gives us the picture of Him being the way. Telling the truth of His purpose, Jesus gives us the truth; and assuring us through this parable that the good shepherd goes ahead of his flock so that He may find pasture for the sheep to feed on, gives us the picture of Him giving us life.

Application

1. If we seek Jesus’ voice and earnestly listen to Him, we will know which way to follow Him. Our hearts will be filled with even more desire to obey Him and His Word.

2. We can seek Jesus and our Father through the Bible. We must spend time every single day to not only read the Bible but study it.

3. And when we listen to Jesus, we can be sure that we are following Him.

Prayer

     Father in Heaven, I am sorry for the times that I do not listen to Your voice. I am sorry for choosing not to read Your word and doing something else. But I praise  You Father, because You do not let me be in that way. You would always use people in my life to remind me of how much You love me and care about me. I praise You Father for Your unending love and overflowing grace. I pray and ask that You would help me seek You and Your voice more. Lord, I pray that You would be by my side always, and give me the strength to always choose You and keep You the center of my life. I also pray that the church will always put You first above all else. Use us continually for Your greater glory, especially in sharing Your love to the lost. Thank you so much for everything You continually give us. Thank you for Your love, grace, guidance & protection. Thank you for this time that I am enjoying the time that I get to focus on You alone. All these I ask and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

#DailyDevotion

Scripture: Luke 9:18-27

     (18) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

     (19) They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

     (20) "But what about you?" he asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ (Messiah) of God."

     (21) Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. (22) And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

     (23) Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (24) For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (25) What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? (26) If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (27) I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Observation

     When Jesus died for you and me, He wanted us to believe in Him & the love of our Father and accept His gift of salvation.

    As we have received that gift, we have surrendered the control of our selfish self to God and let Jesus sit on the throne of our hearts. Therefore, we are no longer the ‘lord’ of ourselves but Jesus.

     He also gave us a helper & companion to be with us always, we may call Him our ‘conscience’ but it is really the Holy Spirit. And as we spend more time knowing God by reading His word and praying to Him, we are strengthening the hold of the Holy Spirit in us.

Application

     And so, when trials and testing come our way, we can be sure that we do not have to face it alone. The Holy Spirit is with us, Jesus is with us, always. Now, these testing can come in so many ways so that we may develop our character in Christ. These testings could include the persecutions of people, because, God’s love is so palpable in our lives that these people, just could not help but notice it. They would notice the changes that God is bringing upon us so that we would become effective testimonies of His love to them! They notice because they are missing something great in their lives.

    In the persecutions of these people, we should draw closer to God and not be ashamed of Him. Instead of conforming to the norms of the world, stand up for what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, anything excellent & praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8) in God’s eyes. Be strong and firm in your faith, we can do this with the help of our ever companion, the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, I confess to you that at times when people tease me for being your child, I fail to stand up for you. I am so sorry for this and for compromising even in the things which I thought are just small. Lord, I praise You because You never left my side. I praise You because You are with me always and that Your love is unending. I pray to You, Lord that when You are allowing me to face testing, You will strengthen me and my heart that I may hold on to You more. Help me to stand up for You and be a testimony of your love to the people who do not know you yet & are hurting. Thank you for allowing me to touch their lives, thank you for using me for them to know Your son, Jesus Christ. All these I ask and pray, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.