John 10:25-26 Do You Believe

“Jesus answered, I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.” John 10:25-26

Some people came to Jesus during a festival and asked Jesus to tell them directly if He was the Messiah. Jesus tells them that He had already told them but they refused to believe the answer. He tells them to look at the works He has been doing. They refused to believe because they were not really His sheep.

Since Easter has just passed, the question of who Jesus really was has come up a lot. Every year many news articles are done asking that very question.

The world is more than willing to debate who Jesus was. The only thing that they seem to agree with is that He was a very good person. Beyond that He was nothing but just another man.

Many see, with their physical eyes, the miracles Jesus had done or is doing today, yet, they do not see it with their spiritual eyes. They cannot see that those miracles recorded in the Bible and those happening today are a result of who Jesus is.

Jesus was the one who said He will save you if you believe in Him. How many times does a person work at being “good” enough to be saved? People state that they want to believe in Jesus, yet, they do not. They often want more proof of who He is.

In order to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, you must be willing to listen to His voice. You must know His voice. You must know who He is. In all of this you must believe what you know about Him.

Do not keep asking Jesus for more proof of who He is. Look at all the evidence that is already there. Look at the proof that is presented in your own life.

Don’t just look for more miracles. Act upon what you know about Jesus. Trust and obey Him. Show that you believe in Him. Be one of His sheep today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to who Jesus is; that you will know His voice; that you will obey Jesus; that you will see the works Jesus has done in your life; and that you will tell others of who Jesus is.

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John 10:4-5 Know His Voice

“When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:4-5

Jesus was talking about how a shepherd can lead his sheep. When the shepherd leads the sheep, he does so by his voice. He knows each sheep by name. The sheep will follow him because they know his voice. He had also pointed out that only the shepherd enters by the gate. All others will come in from a different way.

Over the next few verses, Jesus states that He is the Shepherd and all believers are His sheep. He is the gate into heaven and He knows every one of His sheep by name.

All true believers will know the voice of God in their lives. They know it by studying the Bible daily, spending time in prayer, and listening to God. Take any one of these things out and you will soon forget the voice of God.

The world tries to tell you that there are many ways to heaven. They are willing to listen to many different voices, including those they do not know.

These voices can sound good and logical, but are false. People will lead you down the path that seems good, but ends up without God. The voice of God is the only one you should follow.

Jesus said that His sheep will flee all other people because they do not know their voice. When someone in the world starts telling you something that is against God, you must run away. Do not stick around and think about what they are saying. If you do, you may end up not hearing God and start following someone else.

When you hear someone speak, match it up against the Word of God. See if it lines up straight or not. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you with His wisdom as to if the statements are true or not, are they of God or not.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will recognize His voice; that you will only follow the voice of God; that you will flee the voice of this world; and that you will point others to Jesus.

Matthew 10:16 Sheep Among Wolves

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Jesus is giving a few instructions to the disciples as He is sending them out to be a witness. He talks about going just among those in Israel, not to take extra money or food, and only go to those who will listen. Now He tells them to be like sheep among wolves.

Sheep are a very calm type of animal. They do not go around harming anything. Wolves love to eat sheep and will seek them out for easy food.

Then Jesus tells them to be as shrewd as snakes. This is very interesting in the fact that the snake is usually representative of the devil.

Jesus is not saying take on the actions of the snake or the devil, but to be shrewd like the snake. Shrewd is another term for being wise or prudent.

Snakes are very shrewd in that they can sneak quietly up on its prey without being noticed. Some snakes even have a way of mesmerizing its prey till they strike.

As a believer you must be shrewd or wise in the same way. You are sent out into the world where the devil wants to destroy you. The world will fight against you and try to tear you down. You must use wisdom in getting into the enemy’s camp to release some prisoners for Jesus.

Just as a snake does not purposefully place itself in danger, do not do so yourself. Do not give the enemy a reason to strike you other than your stand for Jesus.

This comes to Jesus’ second part: be innocent as a dove. Doves are creatures known as a symbol of peace and innocence.

Live your life in such a way that nothing can be honestly brought against you. The enemy loves to use negative things in your life, do not let him have any. Let the only evidence against you be evidence of your following Jesus. Bring the news of God wanting to make peace with every person.

As you witness be both these things. Do not be harsh and condemning, but full of God’s love and mercy. Go out into the world and be God’s witness today. Go out as a sheep among wolves.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to be His witness; that God will give you the wisdom you need; that you will live a life of innocence; that God will make a way for you into the enemy’s camp; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you and build His kingdom.