Again and again, I hear the same stories-not only from brothers & sisters in The Church, but from people at my job as well. The un-saved don't know any better, but we who are saved know what we must do-we need to go to The Rock!
My question to you is : Who is your shepherd? If we look closer at the verses from John and goto verses 11-13, Jesus says: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep." (NKJ)
Jesus gave His life for us on the Cross. Our sins are forgiven. We have eternal life. He expects that we follow Him. We need to follow Him and serve Him with a pure heart. Nobody else died on The Cross for us. Allah didn't. Buddha didn't. Gandhi didn't. Ophra didn't. No actor died on The Cross for you. No rock musician died on The Cross for you. You certainly didn't either……. There is NOBODY else that is worthy of our worship, our praise and our service. Nobody cares for us like our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Unlike the "other sheep", Our Lord promises never to leave us. We may stumble. We may even fall, but He is ALWAYS there to pick us up. At one of his crusades, Billy Graham once said: "It's not about falling, it's about getting back up". God will always be there to help you up again! Can I get an AMEN????
You may be going through a trial. It may have been (or may still be) the most intense trial you have ever experienced. You need to keep your eyes on Jesus-the Author and Finisher of our faith. Even thinking that God has deserted you is wrong. His Word states He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Thinking that you will solve your own trails takes away from the sovereignty of God.
We need to do some things when we are praying for God to take us (or someone else) through a trial. We need FIRST-to search our own hearts, and see if there is any sin that may be holding us back from seeing the deliverance of God. We must confess it to The Lord and ask for forgiveness. Second, we need to ask God to search us and reveal-through His Holy Spirit-any un-confessed sin. We must ask God to take the burden of those sins from us. We must then pray for God, through His Holy Spirit to give us peace, to give us wisdom, and to take us THROUGH the trial. Our flesh wants us OUT of the trial, but if God took us out of every trial, we would NOT see God glorified in anything!
I pray that if you are going through a trial, that you are keeping your eyes on Jesus. I always go to God's Word when I need encouragement. Although my brothers and sisters in The Lord do encourage me, there is NOTHING like the Word of God! I pray that you dive headfirst into God's Word. I pray that He speaks to your heart. I pray that He encourages you. I pray that He gives you peace like a river! I feel a song coming on!!!
Matthew 6:33 says: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (KJV)
Live it! Learn from it!
Jesus loves you and so do I!!!