Posts Tagged ‘Shepherd’

Faith Building Verse-Psalm 23:1

October 6th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Psalm 23:1.

David, a man after God’s own heart made this statement about his relationship with God. “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

For David, knowing God was the passion of his heart and the fulfillment of his life.

Having a relationship with God does not mean we will gain more of the things that we want in this world, but we will have the grace that is sufficient for our needs. Our greatest need is forgiveness, and when Jesus went to the cross, He was extending His mercy to sinners who desperately need Him.

Jesus said in John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep.” He also said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to find fulfillment in knowing Jesus as our Good Shepherd in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

Word of Encouragement-Healing

February 2nd, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Healing.

The meaning of healing is to be made whole or well.

One of the reasons that Jesus came to this earth was to provide healing for our souls. Sin is a spiritual sickness that leaves us with a heart condition that needs repair. Jesus has the power to restore our heart because of what He did for us on the cross.

First Peter 2:24 says about Jesus, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Jesus is the cure for the human condition, forgiving our sin, and rearranging our priorities to live for righteousness.

Find encouragement in the power of God’s love to heal our heart from the sickness of sin in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

Reason To Believe-Characteristics Of Sheep

February 9th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the characteristics of sheep.

In the Bible, we see some characteristics of sheep that closely resemble our spiritual condition. Two significant characteristics are helplessness without the shepherd, and the tendency to wander.

On one occasion, Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

And Isaiah 53 says, “we all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”

There is good news for the drifter who has lost their way and realizes that they cannot help themselves. Jesus offers us hope with the words, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Jesus did that when He died on a cross. His purpose in dying for us was to offer forgiveness of sins and restoration to a relationship with God forever.

The characteristics of sheep are object lessons explaining our spiritual condition and are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

Life Application Truth-Jesus At The Center

September 18th, 2012 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – From Revelation 7:17.

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

This is the picture of the relief that awaits those who were cleansed by the blood of Jesus and have come out of the great tribulation on the earth.

Jesus was described by John the Baptist as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. In heaven, the Lamb is also the Shepherd. Those who look to Him with a trusting heart are cleansed of their sin. As we follow Jesus, we can depend on Him to lead us to a place of righteousness, joy in His holy Presence, relief from pain and suffering, and eternal life.

In Heaven, Jesus is the central focus. We can prepare for heaven now by putting Jesus as the center of our attention and devotion today.

A life centered on Christ is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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