Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:6-10
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3-7
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting … Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” From my distress I called upon the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me in a large place. The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me …. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. Psalm 118:1, 4-7A, 8-9
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. Psalm 27:1-3
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We are told that God’s love leaves no room for fear and yet the Psalmist speaks of God’s unending lovingkindness being for those who fear Him. There are two important meanings of the word fear. The first has the idea of being afraid while the second has the idea of reverence. When we fear in the first way, we consider ourselves in danger and we are afraid that bad things will come to us from the thing we fear. When we fear in the second way, we are worshipping God. We reverence Him by acknowledging Him to be the centerpiece of the universe and of our lives. He is the One to Whom our allegiance, devotion, and total surrender are due. When we truly fear the Lord in this way, we have no need to fear anything or anyone in the other way. And certainly we need never be afraid of God.
Jesus Christ became our substitute so that God’s holiness and righteousness were completely satisfied through Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross. Those who believe in and receive Christ are given the right to be called children of God forever. We can be confident as the children of a loving heavenly Father, that nothing will ever come our way that does not come through the filter of his unconditional and unending love. Truly in Christ we are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith from the moment we first believe to the moment we receive the inheritance of Heaven. This is why Jesus came.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, my trust is in you, but I need to admit that there are times it seems like somehow I missed out on your protection. How else could what has happened to me have come about? But then again, do I really believe you took a break in your caring for me and protecting me. I do not believe this. I believe your provision for me in Christ is full and complete so that even in my hardest experiences, in my darkest moments you were there with me working on my behalf. Yes, you are using even the worst stuff for my ultimate good. Truly, I am always kept in your love and protected by your power. Amen!
Posted on Tue, September 17, 2019
by Ken Hart