The Lord is my shepherd – Part 2
Jesus is the good shepherd. In John Chapter 10:11 & 14, Jesus introduced Himself as the good shepherd. Jesus is shepherd over my life and I am sheep in His pasture. I have decided to become sheep for Christ personally, intelligently, voluntarily, willingly and joyfully, and I receive all the joy that comes with it. Jesus is the great shepherd and Jesus is the only shepherd.
Jesus says I know my sheep and my sheep know me, and my sheep don’t listen to the voice of a stranger (John 10:14). There are many voices in the world today, as Apostle John told us, but we always differentiate the voice of Jesus. We know when He is speaking and we know when the devil comes. Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church and he said that sometimes the devil might come as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). No matter the Devil’s efforts at portraying himself as angel of light, they will never work because Jesus is the only shepherd. God helps us to see through the devil’s pretentions; to see through his intention to deceive and we know this is not our master; this is not His voice; these are not His ways; these are not His style and we know Jesus.
If you make the Lord your shepherd, you will not want and the Lord will provide for you. See how David puts it here, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2a). What could a sheep be asking for again? You have a shepherd who knows where he is going to; you have a shepherd who knows the way; you have a shepherd who knows how to take you there; you have a shepherd who knows where the green grass is and He takes you to where the green grass is and you feed in peace.
David said, “He leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2b). The sheep follow the shepherd as He leads because the shepherd knows the way. A beautiful hymn says, “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow.” Another beautiful hymn says, “Where He may lead me, I will go, for I have learned to trust Him so, and I remember it was for me that He was slain on Calvary.” Jesus leads His sheep beside the still waters, quiet waters, not ruffled by anything, peace and quiet. Jesus leads His sheep in that type of environment and in that type of atmosphere.
Jesus as the shepherd leads His sheep in the path of right relationship with God. David said, “He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). It is a thing of joy to have the right relationship with God and that relationship starts when you acknowledge that you are a sinner. The Bible said in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
He leads me in the path of right relationship with God; the burdens of sin have been removed; the yoke of sin has been removed; the love for sin has been removed and the sin-filled, the sin-soaked and the sin-infected life has been removed. The beautiful hymn says, “Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
Today’s Nugget: Jesus is the good shepherd.
Prayer: Lord lead me in the path of right relationship with God.
Prayer lines: 08054477940.
Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria
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