THE VOICE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

LISTEN : Jesus Christ is the good “shepherd.” He leads His “sheep” (his obedient followers) to a safe place where Satan cannot mislead or devour them. He guides and guards them in the way and bring them back home in one piece. He gives instructions and His sheep do not find it difficult to follow. His sheep (we his followers) have a relationship with Him, hence, will hear His voice and not the voice of a stranger (Satan and his agents). The Bible says, “… He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice.” (John 10:3-5). Beloved, is Jesus Christ your shepherd? Are you one of His sheep? Do you obey and respond to Him when He calls? Do you go where He leads? My dear, if you are one of His sheep, you will hear His voice and follow Him. His voice is the voice of life, love, forgiveness, peace, patience, joy, goodness and faithfulness. Besides, as our lawgiver, His voice is the voice of instructions, discipline, correction and warnings. Those who belong to Him will submit to Him. The Bible says, “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when he corrects you. “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” (Hebrews 12:5,6). Beloved, open your ears and your heart to the voice of the good shepherd (Jesus Christ), and He will guide you to discover God’s purpose for your life. Be wise!

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Obey and follow the instructions of God and you will not miss your way.
2. Study and meditate in the word of God and pray to recognise the voice of God.
3. Submit yourself to God and accept His correction and discipline.
4. Do not resist the Spirit of God, instead, surrender yourself completely to Him.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your son Jesus Christ. He is my shepherd therefore, I will not lack or go astray. Help me to obey His voice and submit to His Lordship, amen.

Reflection : The voice of God is the voice of life, love, forgiveness, peace, patience, joy, goodness and faithfulness. He is our lawgiver, hence, His voice is the voice of instructions, discipline, correction and warnings.

Quote: “The voice of God is not hard to recognise when the heart is prepared for Him. His voice sounds loud and clear to those whose hearts are transformed by His words, and unreservedly surrendered to His will.”

Faith Confession : Today, I confess that Jesus Christ is the good shepherd. Therefore, I will follow where He leads, and obey His voice through the Holy Spirit, amen.

Biblical Fact : Did you know Moses went into the midst of the cloud, up into the mount: and was there forty days and forty nights? (Exodus 24:18).

Today In History : September 13, 1961 An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.

Stunning Fact : Did you know the typewriter was invented in 1829?

Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God help you to be sensitive to His voice. May you not miss His instructions and warnings to you, in Jesus name, amen.

EVENING

Thursday, September 13, 2018

TOPIC : JESUS CHRIST HAS MADE YOU A CONQUEROR

Bible Verse : You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

LISTEN : You can conquer because Jesus Christ conquered for us. We are privileged to be sons and daughters of God. Beloved, you belong to God who created the universe. God is from above, and He is above all, and so we are. His power is above all powers put together. So, there is no reason to fear or doubt when you are walking with God. Fear cannot cripple you if your heart is occupied with faith. No matter the battles you are to fight in life, victory is guaranteed by faith in Christ Jesus. The Bible says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” (1John 5:4). My dear, faith is important to the outcome of your battles in life. When your faith fails, your courage will collapse; and when your courage collapses, fear will dominate and paralyse your life. Therefore, you must endeavour to grow your faith. Do not be afraid of what the future holds for you, instead, trust God for He is greater than whatever you might be going through. Let Him into your life and the enemy will surrender. If God is with you, your victory is guaranteed. So, cheer up! Be wise!

PRAYER POINTS
1. Pray and bless God for His love and the gift of life.
2. Ask for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to help you to be strong, courageous and put your faith in Him.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family today.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Today I prophesy to you, may you receive grace to be strong, courageous and believing as long as you live, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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