My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

If someone asked an expert, “how do I get into showbiz?” and they were told, “you’ve got to believe in yourself,” they might respond, “give me something practical; what can I do to make it happen? The most practical help for living the Christian life is not like this and that is because the Christian life is a supernatural life. If what we mean by practical is giving people what they need so they can make some area of their Christian life happen, we have given them the impractical. Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing.” Actually, we can do much apart from Christ and very often it is the so-called practical approach to Christianity that leads people to do just that. The most practical thing that we can possibly do is to teach people to abide in Christ (John 15:5) so that all that they do is the outflow of their relationship with Him and his powerful work in them and through them. When we abide in Christ we experience His presence, when we experience His presence we hear His voice and follow Him. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, thank you for the invitation to come to you, the only true source of power and strength in my life. I come to you today and enter into your rest. I choose to rely on you and your powerful work in my life. I forsake the wearying and burdensome path of self-effort in my Christian life. What a wonderful thing it is to navigate life well in total surrender to you on the path of truly “Living Fully.” Amen!