Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ, You came among us to call us to Yourself. You came as our Shepherd that we might hear Your voice and follow wherever You lead. Yet all too often we have been blind to Your presence, deaf to Your voice, and rebellious to Your will. Forgive us and our sheep-like ways. Take away our timid faith and excuses. In Your mercy, strengthen us with a renewed hope that we might follow and love You with our whole hearts. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.” –
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). He was speaking of His disciples – those who placed their faith in Him as Lord and Savior.
One of the ways we can hear His voice is through the thoughts going through our mind, as the Holy Spirit reminds us of the things Jesus has taught us (John 14:26). It can be a thought guiding us in our decision-making, or one convicting us to change a decision we are contemplating, or the direction we are heading. These thoughts — or still small voice (cf. 1 Kings 19:11-13) — will never conflict with the word of God, but will be the very weapon we need to reveal and defeat the lies of the enemy.
We can always discern His voice, because it is the one delivering a peace; one permeating our whole mind and soul. We can hear His voice and become calm in the midst of a storm. We can hear His voice and become strong at a time when we are normally weak. And we can hear His voice and have a quiet stillness; one evoking a sense of safety and wellbeing regardless of what we may be facing in our future.
Unfortunately there are times when we choose not to listen to His voice, and in our disobedience we go astray. We can find ourselves caught in the thicket of sin. We can find ourselves all alone and away from the safety of the sheepfold. When this happens, we need to call out to our Shepherd, and He will be faithful to come loosen us from the things ensnaring us.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalms 145:18 (NKJV)
As sheep, we will be given free will to make many choices each day, and we can be sure we will be tempted to leave the sheepfold, or at least to wander off to check out something catching our attention. The best way to keep out of danger is to stay close to our Shepherd – it is to make a conscious decision each morning to allow Him to be our Lord, and to submit to His will for our lives. Start each day by verbally saying,
Jesus is my Shepherd
I am going to allow Him to lead me in everything I do or say today, because I love Him.
I want to encourage you today — choose to listen to the voice of the Lord, and allow Him to lead you in every thought, choice, and action you make. Continue to open your Bible and read it so you can hear the familiar voice of God. Make it your heart to seek Him to free you from the bondage of those things you’ve found yourself enslaved to.
QUESTION: According to John 10:27-30 what does Jesus assure us of?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you following Jesus with everything that you have; with your life, your heart, and every part of your being?
APPLICATION: Let’s choose to stay close to our Lord. Let’s choose to stay in the sheepfold.
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for leading me in every aspect of my life. Help me to continue to follow You in all Your ways. Keep talking to me as I read Your word. In Jesus precious name, amen…