“Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.”
What we allow into our lives always effects our lives. If most of our life is filled with words from negative sources, we can’t honestly expect to not be negative! It just makes sense. If we put trash into our minds that is what we’ll get back out.
When we spend our days listening to music that’s filled with sinful behavior, it will seep down into our hearts. We try to make excuses for the TV shows we choose to watch. “It’s just entertainment and means nothing” we tell ourselves to justify watching it. These are lies the enemy uses.
Freedom! Jesus brings freedom. This freedom is not permission to continue to sin. It’s not always easy to look honestly at ourselves and admit our sins. The seemingly innocent material we fill our minds with is a doorway for the enemy to bring about temptation and destruction. We need to be honest in our evaluations of ourselves on the material we are allowing into our lives!
We MUST guard our mind as it greatly affects our heart. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT).
We need to fill our minds with God’s word. That is where we will find the truth! Jesus told us there would be times of trouble in our life. When you face troubles, and you will, you need to be armed with God’s truth so you can endure the test.
Fill yourself up with Christ. More of HIM and less of me!
Father God, please help me to run everything I allow into my life through the filter of your truth. Let me look honestly at what worldly materials I have allowed into my life that conflict with your word! I repent and ask for forgiveness. I need your help! Fill me up with the truth of your word so that my life may be shaped by words of life! In Jesus name, Amen
I raise sheep. Quite a few sheep actually. I will admit I don’t live out with them 24 hours a day like the shepherds did during Jesus’ life. They’re in fenced in pastures and have guard dogs that live out with them to help protect them. I have learned a thing or two about the ovine species (fancy name for sheep) during my life.
Sheep can be quite skittish. They’re a prey animal so they’re always on the lookout for danger. It takes quite a little work in order for sheep to really trust anyone or anything. It is their only real means of defense.
I check on the flock regularly for health issues as well as to feed them. During lambing season I spend a LOT of time out with the flock. They know me and I know them. They recognize my voice. They know they belong in my flock and they follow me. There is peace.
“After He has gathered His own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.” John 10:4 (NLT)
When a stranger walks out to look at or visit the sheep there is a different reaction. They become very uneasy. They bunch up and retreat to a safe place. It’s especially noticeable if the stranger speaks. Peace is not found in that instance.
“They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:5 (NLT)
There are many voices calling to us in this world. Many of these voices we don’t know and we can’t really understand. This is because God has called us to be HIS, to listen for His voice alone.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. Do you know His voice? He promises in John 10:28 “I will give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.”
Today, listen for God’s voice. He wants to have a relationship with you. You can trust and follow Him!
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you want to be in relationship with us. You desire to spend time with us. You know our inmost being. Thank you that we can know you better each day through time in your word and prayer. Help us to listen for your voice alone today! In Jesus name, Amen!
I’m excited to welcome you to my place for sharing my writing’s. I love the feel of pen on paper, the click clack of keys and the way words dance and play across the screen or paper. It feels like a great dance in which I’m privileged to take part in.
I’m madly in love with Jesus and hope I can share some of that with you here. I pray for freedom and wholeness for all of us. God longs for us to be in relationship with Him. He desires for us to live out His great commands to love Him above all and love others. I hope the words on these pages will help us all draw nearer to HIM!
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God’s favor and blessings on you, my friend.