God our Shepherd!

God our Shepherd!

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Hello precious one, today I will be talking to you about God as our shepherd. Have you ever heard the word Shepherd?

It’s a name given to someone. So who is a shepherd and what does he/she do?

A shepherd is a person who tends sheep, his or her responsibility is to watch, keep, feed, and protect a sheep.

In the bible, we see on several occasions that it refers to God as a Shepherd and the bible also calls us God’s sheep.

Just like an earthly Shepherd, there are several responsibilities promised to us by God. Our father is “The good shepherd” and his sheep are always watched by him.

Let me show you a few places where the bible speaks about God as our shepherd and us as his sheep.

 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. –Psalms 100:3 (NIV)

Don’t you just love the word of God? The bible calls us God’s people, as in his very own, and then he says we are the sheep of his pasture.

Another verse is Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.  –Psalms 23:1 (NIV)

This verse makes it a personal confession, God is ”my Shepherd”, as a result of this, I am not in lack of anything, he is responsible for my daily needs!

The last verse we will be looking at is found in Isaiah 40:11

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. –Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

This verse declares that God carries us as his children, not only are we carried; he places us close to his heart, such that for anything to happen to us, that means God too will be affected.

Thank God we have a Good Shepherd who cares for us! Amen.

PRAYER:
Father help me to know you as my Shepherd.

ACTION POINT:
Make sure you take out time to pray this morning

DECLARATION:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

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The Need for The Shepherd

The Need for The Shepherd

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The Shepherd raced through the trees, his heart pulsating madly inside his chest heavily.
Baa! Baa!
The cry came again.
He shoved branches out of his way, not caring if they pricked his skin.
The cry was getting closer as he reached the edge of the stream.
Baa! Baa! Baa! Baa!

Where are you?”
Deep fear flooded his heart, dragging life out of him but he refused to believe the worst.
Baa! Baa!
The cries came just in front of him.
He looked and moved closer to the trees in front of him, there he found his little one.

He broke into a sob at the sight of the bruises on its legs.
Lifting it up slowly, he tenderly wrapped his arms around the lamb and began to walk home.
He was happy that the one missing lamb was found.

Did you see how the shepherd ran to the rescue of his sheep? Did you see how the shepherd followed the voice of the sheep? That is how God comes to your rescue when you call.

Call on Jesus for help. He is your Shepherd and ever ready to help you. There’s even a song describing the type of love God has for us. It goes like this

Oh, the overwhelming, Never-ending
Reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found
Leaves the ninety-nine.

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it.
Still You give Yourself away

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
coming after me

There is no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me 

God displays how much He loves us by going all the way to find us. Call out to Him today and let Him find you. 

I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. – Ezek. 34:15 NLT

May you always be found by God. Amen.

Prayer point:
Lord, I call to you at all times. May I never be too strong for You to help.

Action point:
Are you calling out to God for help or being too strong for God to help?

Declaration:
I receive the help of the Great Shepherd.

Song lyrics by Corey Asbury.

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Qualities Of A Sheep – Be Still

Qualities Of A Sheep – Be Still

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Every sheep that will get the best from its shepherd must learn how to be still. Being still means to trust in the shepherd’s person, that he would never lead them to a place of danger or harm nor will he leave them in the face of trouble.

They trust him to take them to where the choicest grasses are and the cleanest of water is.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need. He gives me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm waters. Psalm 23:1-2 ICB

They follow behind him, and when he stops, they stop too. An obedient sheep knows to stay within the safe boundaries created by the shepherd.

It is not in the sheep’s place to teach the shepherd what to do but to watch, listen to and obey the shepherd at all times – to be still and follow the shepherd.

Do you obey your parents at home? When they tell you not to do something because of the bad things that could happen to you, do you listen to them? Or you do as you like, thinking you know what’s best for you?

A sheep doesn’t know what’s best for it. Only the shepherd does. Are you a good sheep following Jesus as your shepherd? Do you obey Him by obeying your parent’s instructions? Learn to be still and follow Jesus.

The most important question that you need to ask yourself right now is this—have you accepted Jesus into your life as your Lord and Saviour? If yes, are you obeying His leading?

If not, then say the prayer at the bottom of this post.

May the Lord make you a good sheep. Amen.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. I accept you into my life as Lord and Saviour. I want to be a sheep in your flock. Please be my shepherd. In your mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Action point:
Look through this series and see where you can improve on.

Declaration:
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

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Poju Oyemade On Four Characters In Church

Poju Oyemade On Four Characters In Church

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Pastor Poju Oyemade on The Shepherd, The Wolf, The Sheep and The Hireling – The Four Characters That “Play” In The Church Space.

Jesus speaking about the shepherd also tells us about these four principal characters who make up the dynamics of a Church or really any business organization. He said it this way

Joh 10:11-13 (KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. [12] But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. [13] The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

The Good Shepherd

We have the good shepherd whose role is the care giver to the sheep. His business is to make sure the sheep are adequately provided for conveying his responsibilities first and foremost through the words he speaks to them. He feeds them with words of knowledge and understanding and places them in folds for their protection.

His character trait is that he will defend the sheep with his life and reputation. He doesn’t flee at the sight of battle but will rise up to the challenge no matter what the wolf throws at him.

Jer 3:15-16 (KJV) And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. [16] And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land…

The Hireling

The next character is the hireling. 

This is a person who gets involved for commercial reasons. He is not really dangerous to the sheep because he is not after them, he seeks not to break the church, in fact, he wants the church doing well but his motives are financial, period.

He is in it for what material gains can come to him. He has no concept of the vision of that place, he will not lay down his life for anyone and his “brand” is more important to him than the future of the kingdom of God. In making decisions money is his bottom line and not the will of God for the people.

The only problem you may have with him is to put your trust in him thinking he will ride with you through thick and thin. 

Once he sees a threat and he thinks things may get rough here he jumps ship and looks for the next sheepfold where money can be made in peace.

Misplaced trust in a hireling may lead one to getting heart broken but outside that he is no real threat to the Church. In a business he works for money and will show no understanding of the vision that will make him go an extra mile for the client or customer out of love.

To Be Continued…

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This Is Why You Need A Shepherd

This Is Why You Need A Shepherd

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Do you know that you need a shepherd? There are several reasons a sheep needs the help of a superior being. In face, a sheep knows better than to be alone without any help.

The first reason is for safety.
The first way to ensure your safety is to have a shepherd. Jesus is your shepherd, and He is the good One.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep”

John 10:11 NLT

He repeated it here

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,”

John 10:14 NLT

What does a shepherd do? He looks over a flock of sheep. He is their guardian, watching over them.

A shepherd also protects. He keeps them safe from being attacked by other animals stronger than they. He is their provider, ensuring they graze on the choicest grasslands.

As a child, you have to be under the protection of somebody. That’s why you have parents to look after you. They gave birth to you and really care for you. They will protect and provide for you because God has made them shepherds over you in this world.

Prayer:
Lord, help me to obey my parents who are my shepherds in Jesus name. Amen

Action Point:
Have you been disobedient to your parents? Repent.

Declaration:
I am an obedient child. I listen to my parents.

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