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Whose Voice

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 10:1-18 KJV
(1) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
(2) But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
(3) To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
(4) And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
(5) And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
(6) This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
(7) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
(8) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
(9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
(10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(11) 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.
(14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
(15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
(16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
(17) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
(18) No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

I have to wonder whose voice is the sheep listening to that go astray. Godís sheep know his voice. The voice of first calling to repentance is the voice of God. It is not the minister behind the pulpit; it is that still small voice that convicts the heart. It is the same voice that yields you to do His will, and convicts the heart to obey His word. Who is the sheep that allows the thief in without hollering to Jesus that one looks like a wolf in sheep clothing. I have to ask do you not know the shepherd knows it is a wolf, after all he sees the heart. We all were wolves before we got saved.

The wolf continually comes into the sheepfold, perhaps not in mindset to destroy, unless all he sees in lamb chops to roast on the grill. It is the mindset of the one sneaking over into the pen that is disturbing, for see most thieves walk right in the main door and back out again without anyone noticing. The luring of wealth, gold and jewels is what the devil uses. The enticement of something man desires. The thief has no desire to protect the sheep, instead he hope to destroy their lives. Make their life not worth living if at all possible. It is the Grinch that stole Christmas, and yet sees the people still singing the little song, despite all he takes from them.

The thief cares not if he harms one. Only that he gets what he came for. Yet the truth is if Godís people listen to the voice of Jesus they will find themselves not stolen away by the thief. It is the thief that looks for a way to grab from the window of the pen to destroy the flock. Not all that are in the pen listen to Jesus, but they are there in search of Jesus. The wolf wants only what the sheep have. The love of God and to belong with the other sheep. The wolf wants that ability to sing the praises of God even when all else around them is gone. They want to be the Grinch that sits at the feast that returns what he has taken looking like a hero, but really a wolf, and not a sheep at the table.

There is a day coming that Christ will see one dressed at the banquet and say depart because your not one of mine. The devil is not welcome at the last feast but he will be there, hoping to grab one last sheep for a tasty meal. As a sheep it is your responsibility to listen to the shepherd, pray for the wolf to get saved, and love the other sheep of the fold, so that they may hear the shepherdís voice by seeing your love for God in the things you do.

Dear Heavenly Father give the hope of faith to each sheep, so the enticements of the wolf will be lost by the faith and hope in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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