Tag: Great Shepherd

I receive the blessing!

Scripture reading for March 4th:  Numbers 6-7, Hebrews 13

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 13:20-21  “Now may the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

The Jewish believer who wrote Hebrews, ended his letter with a wonderful benediction or blessing.  He speaks a prayer of blessing over believers that the “God of peace” Who raised Jesus Christ, His Son, from the dead, would equip them with all they needed to do His will and be pleasing in His sight.  The “Great Shepherd” Jesus Himself would enable them.  His glory would be eternal!  Amen!

Numbers 6:22-27  “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the people of Israel:  you shall say to them, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”  So shall you put My Name upon the people of Israel and I will bless them.”

Faith Confession and prayer: I receive the blessings of God through Jesus Christ my Lord and Great Shepherd, risen from the dead by my Father of peace.  Lord, equip me afresh today to do Your will and bring You eternal glory.  Amen!

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Grace to the humble!

Scripture reading for November 13th:  1st Peter 5

The heart is the main focus of our Lord regarding men and women. (Mark 7:20-23)   Man focuses on the exterior and appearances, and what others might think.  Peter finished his letter to the suffering church and her leadership by addressing their need for humility and God’s grace!

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve, not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”  (1st Peter 5:1-3)  Elders must remain humble and serve willingly.  Just telling people what they should do was not enough, they must humbly live as examples.  The promise was a “crown of glory” from Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd! (vs 4)

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older.  All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”  (1st Peter 5:5-6)  Peter emphasized humility to young men and all of those in the church.  The principle is simple:  “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  We can either humble ourselves or have God opposing us!  That should be an easy choice for anyone with spiritual sense!  His grace will truly lift us up–all the way to His eternal kingdom!  God is looking for a heart of humility and willing submission to shower His grace upon.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus: Worthy of Worship!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Hebrews 13

In this letter, the writer of Hebrews has done all he can to call the Hebrew Christians to continue confidently in their pursuit of Christ!  The final words are very practical in light of the Great Shepherd of our souls who alone is worthy of our worship!

“Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.  Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””  (Hebrews 13:1-5)   Jesus is always with us and promised to be with us always!  (Matthew 28:20)  In light of this, we must live a life of worship by obeying His commands and example.  Jesus loved the world enough to die for them, even though all men were sinners.  Jesus identified with the poor, needy and suffering, having compassion on them.  Jesus forgave sin but called all to repentance.  Without repentance, there is no forgiveness and God will judge sin.  Money and possessions will not save us in the Day of Christ’s return!

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess His Name.  And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16) Living a life of worship and good deeds keeps us ready for the Great Shepherd when He comes again!

 

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