My Sheep October 7th, 2012 Barbara Alpert “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:14) Hello My Beloved Sheep, Given that I am your Good Shepherd, it is important that I remind you of a few things. You are on a journey of faith with unforeseen twists, turns, highs, and lows. I do not want you to be oblivious, deceived, or shaken when life shifts in an unparallel direction. Since I am aware of all things, incline your ear and listen. I do not desire for anyone to misguide you or take advantage of you. Watch out for false teachers who may sound as if they know Me but are actually motivated by money and fame. They are really wolves in sheep’s clothing. Be on guard as you set out to accomplish the works I have prepared for you. I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Do not be a gullible lamb; be cautious and wise in all your ways in this ever-challenging world. Understand that My ways are different from the world’s ways. Try to be temperate in all your doings. When trouble arises, bring your concerns to Me. I can handle them far better than you can. When you leave retribution in My hands, I shall cause your foes to become a steppingstone. As you abide in Me and I abide in you, all will work out in your favor. Remember you are on a faith mission, which includes traveling diverse terrains. My word is your roadmap and My Spirit is your guide. Never travel without these two trustworthy traveling companions. Sometimes I will lead you up mountains with only a mere touch of My hand. Yet, the higher you climb, the closer you will experience My presence. In these times of jubilee you will twirl in awe, enjoying the blessings I give you for your steadfast faithfulness and good deeds. No matter how great the mountain top experiences are, I will lead you through some valley times as well. These storms of life will increase your faith in Me, which will prepare you for even greater works. Don’t worry; I will be with you during these times. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Even when you do not understand, trust Me. I always have your best interest in mind. Remember, all things work out for the good to those who love Me. Continue in your faith mission no matter what terrain I have you walking on. When all is done, we shall see each other face to face. I cannot wait; how about you? Love, Your Good Shepherd “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21) Sent from Catch Notes for Android https://catch.com
Called to be saints. — 1co 1:2 Thought Thank God for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are. in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people. There are times when we do know what God’s purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends upon us, not upon God. If we prefer to loll on the mount and live in the memory of the vision, we will be of no use actually in the ordinary stuff of which human life is made up. We have to learn to live in reliance on what we saw in the vision, not in ecstasies and conscious contemplation of God, but to live in actualities in the light of the vision until we get to the veritable reality. Every bit of our training is in that direction. Learn to thank God for making known His demands. The little “I am” always sulks when God says do. Let the little “I am” be shrivelled up in God’s indignation – “I AM THAT I AM hath sent thee.” He must dominate. Is it not penetrating to realize that God knows where we live, and the kennels we crawl into! He will hunt us up like a lightning flash. No human being knows human beings as God does. Devotional provided by Heartlight ® © 1996-2012. All rights reserved.
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How to Defeat Your Doubts and Feed Your Faith
by Joyce Meyer
I have developed a “life attitude” that makes me more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus: “I’m going to finish my course, enjoy the journey, fulfill my destiny and have everything Jesus died for me to have!”
Before I learned to live with this attitude, I struggled with two things the devil often threw at me: doubt and unbelief.
Doubt and unbelief are big problems for Christians. They are negative and discouraging. They cause us to make poor choices, which make life difficult. They cause us to say things like, “I wish I could lose weight,” or “I wish my kids would behave,” or “I wish I could keep my house clean,” or “I wish I had better relationships.”
We need to stop wishing for things and make up our minds that God will help us have wisdom, make good choices, and overcome our trials and tribulations if we will put our faith in Him.
And doubt and unbelief interrupt faith.
Another way we struggle with doubt and unbelief is by thinking God won’t help us because we haven’t done everything right. Or believing that God is willing to help other people but not me.
But God doesn’t expect perfection from us. God works in our lives through faith. He wants us to trust Him, believe in Him, have faith in Him, and have a hopeful, positive attitude. He wants us to expect Him to do good things in our lives.
Every day you need to say, “Something good is going to happen to me today. I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do in my life today!”
And you especially need to speak this when the devil is trying to flood your mind with doubts. The way you fight the devil is by opening your mouth and saying what God says. Don’t just let the devil use your mind as a garbage dump.
Doubt Your Doubts
You may be thinking, I just can’t help it…I wish I could believe and not doubt. But the truth is, you can! God wouldn’t tell us to believe in Him if it wasn’t possible for us to do it. We can defeat doubt and unbelief if we know how to do it.
So how do we do it? How do we believe God and live by faith? Romans 10:17 (NKJV) tells us how: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The key here is the Word of God. We need to love the Word of God and go after it like we go after food when we’re really hungry. When we’re hungry, we’ll usually do what we need to do to get food.
God’s Word is medicine for our soul and the food we need to keep our spirit strong. It has inherent power to change our lives when it is mixed with faith. As you study and speak the Word, be sure to also talk about the good things God has done and not the problems. Decide to doubt your doubts!
In Luke 4, when Jesus was in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt Him. When the devil spoke to Him, Jesus responded, “It is written…” and quoted the Word of God. He used the Word as a weapon to overcome the lies of the enemy.
Feed Your Faith
We can do the same thing. We can respond to the thoughts the devil brings to our mind with the truth of God’s Word. We can feed our faith with the Word, rather than feeding doubt with the devil’s lies. And when you spend time with people who feed your faith, it will encourage your faith in God.
Refuse to be a lazy Christian and resist a passive, apathetic attitude. Be determined to do your part to build your faith. Never give up. And you will defeat doubt and unbelief!