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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 20, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Just as a shepherd protects his sheep, Jesus protects his people from eternal harm. Satan cannot harm believers souls or take away their eternal life with God. There are many reasons to be afraid here on earth because this is the Devil’s domain. But if you choose to follow Jesus, he will give everlasting safety. (NLT)
John 10:22-30 – It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah. He was at the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is what I do in the name of my Father. But you don’t believe me because you are not part of my flock. My sheep recognize my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me. The Father and I are one.”
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.“ — John 10:27 (NRSV)
David White (Kentucky) titled his story “HEAR HIS VOICE;” here is a portion of David’s story:
“On a windy fall day, my family and I were spectators at a high school marching band competition. . .
“Like the students transformed by a few words from their director, we too can be calmed by a few words from the One who directs our lives. When obstacles overwhelm us, we can forget or ignore the nudging of the Holy Spirit. But when we hear Christ’s voice and follow him, we can stand firm in the knowledge that no matter how hard the wind may blow, his hand will calm, protect, and guide us. Listening to Christ’s voice through the Spirit or the words of scripture will not only help us overcome the challenges of today but will also strengthen us for the ones we face tomorrow.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The Holy Spirit helps us to hear Christ’s voice.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us hear your voice and follow you faithfully. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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